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Quill Pen, including on wooden posts, with yellow arrows for footpathColeridge Way

56 km / 35 miles

Walk in the Footsteps of the Romantic Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work. The route from Nether Stowey on the Quantock Hills, where Coleridge lived for three years, goes through quiet and unspoilt northern fringes of the Quantock Hills through the villages of Holford, West Quantoxhead and Bicknoller the little known Brendon Hills through the villages of Monksilver, Roadwater and Luxborough, across Lype Hill to Wheddon Cross the remote Exmoor moorland fringes of Dunkery Hill to the woodland village of Horner to reach Porlock, the end of your route, on the spectacular South West Coast Path.

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. 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.

A route description and maps are available from the website below.

There is also a separately described, partly overlapping sister bridleway route for horse-riders marked with blue markings (yellow on the footpath route), also covered on the website below. This Coleridge Bridle Way is a challenging horse ride linking the Quantock Hills and Exmoor, from Nether Stowey to Exford.


Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Quill Pen, including on wooden posts, with yellow arrows for footpath Waymark: Quill Pen, including on wooden posts, with yellow arrows for footpath
Attributes: Horse Ride (Multi User); Heath; Moorland; Literary
ST191398 - Nether Stowey, Somerset
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SS884467 - Porlock, Somerset
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Web Sites: Coleridge Way
  Quantock Online - Coleridge Way
  Quantock Online - Coleridge Way - PDF
  Quantock Hills AONB - Coleridge Way
  Somerset CC - Long Distance Walking Routes - Route 3
  GPS Routes - Coleridge Way


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 181
OS Landranger Active: 181
OS Explorer: 9140
OS Explorer Active: 9140
Other Paper Maps:
ZigZag Laminated Stripmap: The Coleridge Way Lynmouth to Cutcombe (Yellow Publications - 2014)
ZigZag Laminated Stripmap: The Coleridge Way Cutcombe to Nether Stowey (Yellow Publications - 2014)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (The Walking Holiday Company)
Support Providers: Guided Walking Holidays (HF Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Self Guided Walking Holidays (Encounter Walking Holidays)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Hostel Accommodation: Campbell Room, Aley, Over Stowey, Bridgwater 1 Km 1 Km
Self-catering: Old Rectory Coach House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 18 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Minehead YHA, Alcombe Combe, Minehead, Somerset 5 Km 49 Km
Self-catering: The Pack Horse  (bookable online) 1 Km 54 Km

Connected Paths:

National Trails (England & Wales): South West Coast Path National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Macmillan Way West - Castle Cary to Barnstaple; Samaritans Way South West, Bristol to Lynton
Other Paths: Celtic Way The Exmoor Option; Channel to Channel (Devon - Somerset); Land's End to John O'Groats; Quantock Greenway; Somerset Way; Summits of Somerset and Avon; West Somerset Coast Path
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Anytime Challenges: Quantock Way


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Route Profile:

56.2 Km (34.9 miles)
1,779 m (5,837 ft) ascent
419 m (1,375 ft)  maximum height