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The East Devon parish of Broadhembury, with a population of some 700, lies partly within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
It includes the historic and picturesque village of Broadhembury and surrounding hamlets of Kerswell, Luton, Colliton and Dulford
There are extensive bridleways and paths leading deeper into the Blackdowns for walkers and horse riders, and for the more adventurous the Devon & Somerset gliding club at North Hill. The attractive parish church of Broadhembury dates back to 13thC. Popular local pubs include The Drewe Arms in Broadhembury, Keepers Cottage Inn at Kentisbeare, and there is a local Post Office shop and tea room in the main square in the village of Broadhembury.
For the most direct route to Broadhembury, take the A373 out of Honiton toward Cullompton and after four and a half miles turn right at Colliton Cross and follow signs to the village centre.
An extremely well preserved medieval village which dates from the 1200’s, with most existing houses being from the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Half of the village lies within the Blackdown Hills AONB, and is an exceptionally picturesque part of the parish. Boasting a plethora of community facilities including: primary school, post office & stores, village hall, church, public house (The Drewe Arms) and holiday park on the outskirts of the village. There’s also the Millennium Gardens to contemplate life, or take a stroll to the bottom of the village and next to the river, there’s a well kept playground for children to explore.
Extensive bridleways and footpaths lead deep into the Blackdown Hills and for more information on these, please see ‘Suggested Local Walks’ at bottom of this page.
Located approximately 6 miles from Cullompton and south west of Broadhembury. This pretty hamlet lies mainly along the A373, with the River Tale flowing under the bridge on the main road.
Colliton also has a thriving rural industrial estate, being equidistant from Honiton and Cullompton.
Situated along the A373, Dulford has its own thriving business park and is within easy access of the nearest main town of Cullompton; a ten minute drive away.
The River Weaver passes across the village, which is predominately surrounded by farmland and small copses. There are several good walks from the village – please see ‘Suggested Local Walks’ at bottom of this page, for more details.
Although the A373 is a fast road, please be mindful of the speed limit when travelling through the village – 30mph.
Kerswell is located four miles east of the town of Cullompton and 13 miles north-east of the major city of Exeter. As you come into Dulford from Cullompton (approx 4 miles), turn right at the crossroads for Kerswell.
The hamlet of Kerswell is on the western edge of the Blackdown Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a children’s play area that offers swings and slide and at Great Moor you will find the BMX track created by some of the younger residents of Kerswell.
Businesses include Dreamhuts Retreat, Phillip Chappell Driving Tuition and Priory Fishery Ltd, situated near the River Weaver. Please see our Parish Trade Directory for more information on our local businesses. The river runs from Kerswell down through Dulford and some flooding can cause problems at certain times of year.
Land use within the catchment is largely agricultural, with a mixture of arable and livestock farming, although there are some isolated areas of woodland and a more significant wooded area at the upper edges of the catchment. Several good walks are located in the area, please see ‘Suggested Local Walks’ at bottom of this page. for more information. The community is very active in Kerswell. Volunteers help maintain the play area for its children and turn out in great numbers for litter picking initiatives, in order that this picturesque village can be enjoyed by all.
Luton is a pretty hamlet some 4½ miles NW of Honiton, turning left at Colliton Cross and set amongst wide spread farmlands and copses. The village is nestled along quiet country lanes and there are a variety of housing styles to be seen; some Grade II listed properties going back to medieval times. There are also some businesses to be found such as Luton Green Sawmills who have been operating from their mills since 1985. Please see our Parish Trade Directory page for more information.. Turn left at Colliton Cross,and after about a mile you will come to Luton
Suggested Local Walks