This 12-mile walk takes you from Hemyock to Staple Hill, along public footpaths and quiet country lanes. The route skirts the valley sides of the Culm, Otter and Yarty rivers, the three main rivers of the Blackdown Hills National Landscape.

Medium difficulty. Distance 12 miles (19 km)

The 12-mile Valleyheads Way walk takes you from Hemyock to Staple Hill, along public footpaths and quiet country lanes. The route skirts the valley sides of the Culm, Otter and Yarty rivers, the three main rivers of the Blackdown Hills National Landscape.

It will take the average walker around six hours to complete, covering varied terrain including some muddy and stony paths and some steep ascents.

You’ll need to wear waterproof walking boots and bring with you warm, rainproof clothing, plenty of water and suitable refreshments.

We recommend that you use the OS Explorer Map 128 (Blackdown Hills) for reference. The route is waymarked throughout and can be followed in either direction (although these instructions are from the Hemyock end).

Parking: there is limited on-street parking at Hemyock and a public car-park at Staple Hill.

Grid reference: ST136132

Nearest postcode: EX15 3RG

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