Chulmleigh is a charming hilltop Saxon town in the heart of Devon, midway between Dartmoor and Exmoor. The centre is a conservation area with beautiful cob and thatch cottages, numerous listed historic buildings, a selection of shops and restaurants and three fine inns. Look out for keystones and carved heads above the doors of historic buildings, a unique feature in the town. Chulmleigh’s parish church built between 1300 and 1400AD is particularly spectacular – move inside to see the breathtaking rood screen stretching the full length of the building.
Activities & Events
Annual events include Chulmleigh Fair which dates back to 1253 and takes place across the first week of the summer holiday. The town is the perfect relaxing retreat, yet within easy reach of the North and South Devon coasts, and attractions including RHS Garden Rosemoor just a short drive to the west. Pretty walks branch out from the centre, and the Tarka Trail, popular for cycling and walking, starts at nearby Eggesford Forest alongside the River Taw. A wide range of activities are available in the local area including hill walking, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding, golf or watching a cricket match on Chulmleigh cricket ground.
The town’s golf course with magnificent rural views of the surrounding area is one of Devon’s finest 18 hole golf courses which extends a warm welcome to the public. Fishing is also outstanding in the area. The Taw river is renowned for its year round brown trout, its Spring run salmon and its sea trout from May. Catham Lakes, Huntacott Water and the streams of the Little Dart River are all top spots for fishing around the town.
Chulmleigh is easily reached by road from the North and South. From the North exit the M5 at Junction 27 to Tiverton, and continue on along the A361 towards Barnstaple, taking a turn off at Rose Ash for Chulmleigh. From the South, via the A30 to Exeter take the A377 to Crediton and Barnstaple. You will see a sign for Chulmleigh on the right hand side just past Eggesford station. The town is also very accessible by rail. Pick up the Tarka line from Exeter or Barnstaple to either Eggesford or Kings Nympton both of which are about two miles from Chulmleigh.
Where to Stay
Places to stay in and around Chulmleigh are brimming with heritage charm and character. In the centre you will find unique medieval B&Bs with original features and inns with rooms offering a warm welcome. This rural Devon heartland also contains many exquisite country cottages perfect for fishing and walking escapes, or that peaceful romantic break just a short stroll from an old inn serving fine food and ales. Some of Devon’s most beautiful historic accommodation can be found around Chulmleigh including 17th century longhouses and 16th century inns with log fires. Quality farm caravan accommodation is also available, great for families with friendly farm animal encounters and onsite woodland walks.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.