Our quest to visit all our local rivers continues, and with it we just keep finding amazing paddling places that are sure to become family favourites over the warm (we hope!) weeks to come!
The beautiful area along the River Culm is easily accessible from Culmstock and offers lots of opportunities for short strolls or longer treks as so many public footpaths lead in every direction from Culmstock’s picturesque centre. We managed to find free on road parking, but the narrow streets do mean you need to look carefully and be considerate when leaving your car.
Our walk began on the bridge by the – sadly closed – Culm Valley Inn. We headed down onto the clearly signposted footpath opposite the pub and read the large info board before beginning our walk.
Here, under the beautiful and photogenic bridge there is a large river beach just begging to be paddled and splashed in. My 3 year old was quite happy and would have ventured no further if given a choice.
We followed the main path along the riverside and played pooh sticks on the bridges that cross to the other bank (following these paths would make a nice circular walk taking you back into Culmstock itself.)
We walked as far as the weir and then double backed on ourselves, taking the path that follows a dismantled railway. This path is rough under foot but offers plenty of shade which we craved by that point!
Along the river, there are many places where it’s easy to get down to the water for children and dogs, and there are wide open grassy areas too where you could settle for a picnic and ball games too.
While there are no stiles along the way, there are kissing gates and the going can be a little uneven, so I would avoid bringing buggies. My sling worked wonders for the 3 yr old to snooze as we walked though – tired out from all his splashy fun!
The Strand Stores in the centre of Culmstock is a welcoming café-cum-shop where we had lunch after our walk. There is a wide selection of snacks, drinks and heartier fare such as quiches that you can eat at the provided indoor and outdoor tables, or take way. There are toys and toilets and little ones are welcomed.