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.
Strider News - August 2013 (Path Update)
New signage has been placed on the route with handmade wooden signs in yellow for the walking route and there is now an overlapping sister bridleway route marked in blue.
|Path Type:||Other Paths|
|Waymark:||Quill Pen, including on wooden posts, with yellow arrows for footpath|
|Attributes:||Horse Ride (Multi User); Heath; Moorland; Literary|
ST191398 - Nether Stowey, Somerset
SS884467 - Porlock, Somerset
|Web Sites:||Coleridge Way|
|Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:|
|OS Explorer:||9, 140|
|OS Explorer Active:||9, 140|
Walking Support Providers:
|Support Providers:||Guided Walking Holidays (HF Holidays)|
|Support Providers:||Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)|
|Support Providers:||Self-guided walking holidays with baggage transfer (The Walking Holiday Company)|
|Support Providers:||Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)|
Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:
|Hostel Accommodation:||Campbell Room, Aley, Over Stowey, Bridgwater||1 Km|
|Hostel Accommodation:||Minehead YHA, Alcombe Combe, Minehead, Somerset||5 Km|
|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|
|GPS Exchange Format Route File:||Coleridge Way GPX Exchange Format Route File||Login to Download
|MemoryMap Route file:||Coleridge Way Memory Map Route File||Login to Download
|Tracklogs Route file:||Coleridge Way Tracklogs Route File||Login to Download
|56.2 Km (34.9 miles)
1,779 m (5,837 ft) ascent
419 m (1,375 ft) maximum height