New book charts 73-year history of Axe Vale point-to-point – with sales benefitting the meet’s future

The 73-year history of the Axe Vale point-to-point, with more than 200 previously unpublished photos, is the focus of a new book.

Author Jacquie McCullough tells the story, from the first meeting on April 24, 1947, with contributions from point-to-point journalist Granville Taylor.

Proceeds from the self-published book, which has a limited print run, will be donated to the Axe Vale point-to-point.

Master of Foxhounds, Ross Wilmington, Axe Vale point-to-point chairman, said: “I am confident that this book will take a treasured place in very many homes and makes a fine tribute to all the individuals involved with the meeting since its inception back in 1947.”

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An archive photo of Fair Advice running on the old course ‘across the road’.
Photo: with permission.


A cover shot of the book – The Axe Vale point-to-point, an illustrated history.
Image: with permission.

The illustrated book, with more than 200 previously unseen photos from across the years, tells the history in chronological order throughout each decade – starting from 1947 when the Axe Vale meetings took place on undulating farm land off the A 3052 Sidmouth Road, known fondly as ‘across the road’.

The book includes the 1965 move to the present-day course at Stafford Cross, Colyton.

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The book charts the point-to-point’s history from 1947 until the present day.
Photo: with permission.

It charts the early years, the 1960s new course, racing gains sponsorship in the 1970s and a chapter on the 1980s, when racing picked up the pace.

The illustrated history includes course improvements and regulation, as well as the point-to-point’s 65th anniversary.

The book is £19.99, plus £2.20 postage and packing. It can be ordered by emailing your interest to and for payment details.

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