A beautifully scenic walk, the Coleridge Way is located in South West England. The route itself was established in 2005 from Nether Stowey to Porlock, but in 2014 the path was extended a further 15 miles on to Lynmouth. This new section was officially opened by Rosemary Coleridge Middleton, the great, great, great-granddaughter of the famous poet ‘Coleridge’.
Journey through the stunning Quantock Hills of Somerset, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor. As you will be walking in some pretty famous footsteps, you may feel motivated to write some poetry. The Coleridge Way is named for its association with poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Writer of such classics as ‘Kubla Khan’, and ‘The Tale of the Ancient Mariner’.
The Coleridge Way begins in Nether Stowey, where you can stand by Coleridge Cottage knowing that both he, and William Wordsworth may well have stood in the exact same spot in about 1795! Coleridge became firm friends with Wordsworth and they went on to publish a joint volume of poetry together.
The Coleridge Way passes along the unspoilt northern fringes of the Quantocks. Meandering through gorgeous little villages like Holford, West Quantoxhead, and Bicknoller. Then, into the Brendon Hills. Through Monksilver, Roadwater and Luxborough, and on into Wheddon Cross and some remote Exmoor moorland. Finally, you will arrive at the coast in Porlock. Of course, you may be extending the walk on to Lynmouth. The extended section of the Coleridge Way runs slightly inland parallel with the South West Coast Path, until it finishes at Lynmouth Pavilion, and the Exmoor National Park Centre. From here, you may be able to see the North Somerset Coast and Wales. The last few miles of this walk are along the East Lyn River. Close by is the Two Moors Way and the Tarka Trail. Your walking holiday will take you through a diverse variety of landscapes. Woodland. Heathland. Moorland. Valleys and coastline, creating the most expansive views. A walk that should appeal to everyone.
Walking is thirsty work. Accordingly, most villages have at least one pub, and there are tea rooms and village shops to visit. Along the Coleridge Way you can expect to see Red Deer, Exmoor Ponies, Buzzard and Butterflies.
Your walking holiday finishes in either Porlock or Lynmouth depending on which itinerary you choose! Porlock is a delightful small village cradled on three sides by hills. Its spectacular beauty is protected by the National Trust and the Exmoor National Park Authority. Lynmouth is famous for its ‘Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway’, which opened in 1890. It is the steepest, totally water powered railway in the world. It connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and provides stunning coastal views for anyone with a head for heights and steep cliffs!
Although not on the Coleridge Way itself… journey a mile or so West of Lynmouth to The Valley of Rocks. A moonscape of natural chimney stacks and ledges.
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