Coleridge Way is a 36 miles walk, through stunning Somerset countryside. Its name comes from England’s most famous poet – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who inspired by the landscapes of the Quantock Hills, Brendon Hills and Exmoor produced some of his best known work.

 

The poet moved to the area in 1797, where he came in search of a simpler life and spent much of his time walking, soon joined by his famous walking partner the other great poet William Wordsworth who rented a house nearby.

The walk begins from Nether Stowey where Coleridge lived to Wordsworth’s House in Alfoxton Park. You will travel through a variety of landscapes: heathland, moorland, deciduous & coniferous woodland, farmland, deeply wooded valleys and historic villages with expansive views over to the North Somerset Coast and Wales.  If you are lucky when you ascend the slopes of the Quantocks Hills with an early start you can catch the sight of some of the numerous red deers.

The route continues over the rolling Brendon Hills, through well farmed rich red soil pastures segregated by beech hedges and interspersed by winding combs and small rural hamlets and into the Exmoor National Park. The final section of this splendid walk continues along the beautiful high central moorland edges of Exmoor, and the highest point along the way at Lype Hill, with breathtaking views over to the North Somerset Coast and Wales.

Along the way you pass through secluded picturesque villages with wonderful names like Quantoxhead and Bicknoller Monksilver, where you may be tempted by an array ancient pubs, which can help to quench your thirst. Every village has at least one pub to provide you with welcome refreshment. There are also a number of delightful tea rooms and village shops to visit.

The Coleridge Way can be completed over three or four consecutive days, for a perfect short break from Bristol (contact Thistle Bristol for accommodation). Or you can make it a longer walking holiday adding a few extra days continuing along the spectacular South West Coast Path which it joins, along the stunning ocean scenery.

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