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

80 km / 50 miles

Devon, Somers
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 Oarlock, the end of your route, on the spectacular South West Coast Path.

From here the route climbs through Worthy Woods past Ash Farm before descending down into the picturesque Brendon Valley passing Oare, Malmsmead and Doone Valley following the East Lyn River on to Brendon, Rockford and Watersmeet before finishing on the seafront by Lynmouth Pavilion Exmoor National Park Centre.

Established in April 2005, the Coleridge Way originally finished at Porlock but in May 2014 an extension to Lynmouth was launched. The Coleridge Way is a now 51 mile/82 km footpath in Somerset and Devon; the route links several sites associated with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge starting from Coleridge Cottage at Nether Stowey and finishing in Lynmouth with walkers having the option of continuing up just along the South West Coast Path to Lynton and Poets Corner in the Valley of Rocks.

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.

Strider News - December 2015 (Path Update)

The Coleridge Way has been extended to Lynmouth. The website has been updated and contains a full route description.


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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SS722495 - Lynmouth, Devon
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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: 180181
OS Landranger Active: 180181
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:

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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 55 Km
Hotels: The Rockford Inn  (bookable online) < 1 Km 74 Km
B & B Accommodation: Lorna Doone House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 80 Km
B & B Accommodation: Pine Lodge Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 80 Km
B & B Accommodation: Castle Hill Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 80 Km
B & B Accommodation: Gable Lodge Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 80 Km
Self-catering: Woodybrooke Cottage  (bookable online) 5 Km 80 Km

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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; Tarka Trail; Two Moors Way (Devon Coast to Coast)
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:

80.0 Km (49.7 miles)
2,762 m (9,062 ft) ascent
419 m (1,375 ft)  maximum height