The Coleridge Way

The Coleridge Way, Nether Stowey: Address, Phone Number, The Coleridge Way Reviews: 4.5/5

The Coleridge Way
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Witney, UK1,345 contributions
A pleasant walking area.
Jul. 2020
we walked part of this way in the Quantock Hills. It is not too demanding, and is pleasant accessible countryside. You need a good map, as there are several choices of paths on the hills, and not always a lot to go on it terms of distinguishing landmarks.
Written August 2, 2020
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Somerset, UK83 contributions
Stunning walk
Apr. 2019 • Solo
The 51 miles is worth every step. Stunning views, great scenery, challenging in places, but worth it for a sense of achievement at the end.
Recommend you walk from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth, as the final part from Oare to Lynmouth will be the most picturesque 6 mile walk you'll probably do.
Don't forget to visit the Tourist Information in Lynmouth to sign the register to say that you've completed it
Written April 29, 2019
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New York3,509 contributions
Castle ruins cottage by the moat (Stogursey area)
Jun. 2018 • Couples
There's no particular site reference for this particular spot by a small park down the road by a little park (and easy to miss if nobody's nearby to assist. I speak of it because here my wife and I met two wonderful English ladies with whom we engaged in a leisurely chat covering many favorite nearby sites.

I was very proud that they were willing to take seriously some English touring ideas coming from a New York Yankee. While together they took notes pledging to make a three day weekend excursion inclusive of an arena beyond county.

This little cottage fronting castle ruins just behind has its own little bridge over a dedicated moat. It's all quite ostensibly charming and may be rented for a near amazing number of pounds per night. The fronting gate posts a number to call if interested. Beyond the attractiveness of a personal moat experience, none of us could imagine why someone might want to invest in such an experience at the tariff these two natives suggested was the going rate.

To each his/her own fits that circumstance nicely.
Written October 5, 2018
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Dunstable, UK492 contributions
Lovely views
Jun. 2018 • Couples
We didn't have the time nor the fitness to walk all along this route but we were able to see a short part of it . We parked in the National Trust car park at Holford intending to do the Woodland Hill circular walk but this was very poorly signposted. We ended up on the Heath above Holford and enjoyed stunning views over open moorland and the coast.
The huge ants nests and massive ants to be seen on the way down are quite amazing.
Taking a good map is essential as are walking boots and warm clothing for when the sea mists close in.
Written July 12, 2018
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Bath, UK16 contributions
A stunning long distance walk
Oct. 2017 • Friends
Two newly retired couples walked this path in early Autumn. We were very lucky with the weather - just caught the windy end of Hurricane Ophelia on the final day. So dry throughout.
The walk is stunning. The paths are varied, the habitats change, it mainly uses very old paths and walkways. Sheer delight.
We broke the walk into 4 stages. Staying locally we moved cars daily.
Remember that if you stay close to one end, you end up driving 50 miles which takes a good hour before and after your walk! This gives you a real sense of achievement.
Day 1 - Nether Stowey to Stamford Brett.
Day 2 - Stamford Brett to Road to Lype Farm off B3224 - the Coleridge Way crosses this road and there is a convenient lay-by.
Day 3 - From the lay-by to Worthy Toll Rd - on SW Coastpath west of Porlock. Again a space for the car was available.
Day 4 - From Worthy Toll Rd - Sea front car park in Lynmouth.

Main points of note
1. Use any loos that you see, they are few and far between.
2. Download the QR app so that you can scan the codes on the posts. It gives you single lines of poetry - not sure all the poetry was Coleridges - Autumn leaves scrunch like cornflakes....??? But it does provide conversation.
3. Take a selfie as you set off to prove that you have done the walk as you can claim a certificate at Lynmouth visitor centre at the end.

Day 1 - There is a good bench with fantastic views opposite St Audries for lunch. Pub in Bicknoller - complete with chickens in the garden was a worthwhile mini detour.
Day 2 - Notley Arms in Monksilver another good stop for morning coffee - the walk up after is quite a pull.
Valient Soldier at Roadwater - landlord very kindly let us eat our own lunch by the stream (we did buy drinks)
Rewarded ourselves with a pot of tea at Luxborough Arms.
Day 3 - Only real hiccup with path finding in Cutcombe, the path turns right and the sign is missing. We did report this - (we were asked) at the Visitor Centre in Lynmouth at the end of the walk to collect our certificates.
Beautiful climb round Dunkery. Used tea gardens at Horner for afternoon tea and ice-creams. Lots of places to eat in Porlock.
Day 4 - Visited Oare Church as a small detour - well worth it. Again a minor detour for lunchtime drinks the landlord at The Staghunters Inn let us eat our lunch by the river Lynn, he did tempt us by saying some customers had seen otters and kingfishers, but we weren't that lucky.

A fabulous walk that deserves to be more famous - didn't see any other path walkers, only some school children doing their DofE expeditions.

So pleased that we completed this walk in 4 days, it made it feel really special.
Written October 20, 2017
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Peter B
Clevedon, UK1,630 contributions
51 miles
Jul. 2017 • Couples
We both enjoyed a stroll up Castle Street bur chose not to walk the fifty one miles that constitutes The Coleridge Way.
Written July 31, 2017
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Bruce P
Ontario, Canada56 contributions
Need not Walk Long Distances
Jul. 2017 • Solo
Walked while staying in the area so did local loop walks. Glorious views to the sea and the hills. Easy walking. Many shorter circular walks available online and in AA booklet or on OS map. Well marked.
Written July 15, 2017
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Stroud, UK86 contributions
A beautiful walk through stunning countryside
Jan. 2017 • Couples
We did two long sections of the way and were very impressed. Easy to follow and in good condition generally. We did sections over the Quantocks from Nethher Stowey and across from Monksilver.
Written January 14, 2017
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Gary P
7 contributions
Walking Coleridge Way
Sep. 2016 • Couples
If you enjoy long distance walking Coleridge Way is a must. My daughter (40 years) and I (71) walked the Way (51 miles/ 80 kms) over six days, staying at B&Bs each night, and bags transported by car. It is the adventure of a lifetime: beautiful scenery, historical sites, wonderful little English pubs serving fabulous food.
Written September 18, 2016
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Ian H
Wellington, UK29 contributions
Stunning, well marked footpath linking two beautiful counties
Apr. 2016 • Friends
The Coleridge Way is a long distance footpath starting at Nether Stowey in Somerset and finishing at Lynmouth, North Devon some 51 miles later. It traverses the Quantock and Brendon Hills in Somerset and the Exmoor National Park in Devon. One factor which obviously dictates how long the walk takes is the fitness of the individual walker. The other factor is the availability of accommodation en route should you wish your daily efforts to be rewarded by a wee bit of pampering at the end of each day. We did the walk over four manageable days, which I would suggest is both achievable and enjoyable, if you are a reasonably fit regular walker. Our days were:- Day One Nether Stowey to Monksilver, Day Two Monksilver to Little Brendon Hill Farm, Day Three Little Brendon Hill Farm to Pollock Weir and Day Four Porlock Weir to Lynmouth. As the experienced long distance footpath walkers amongst you reading this will know accommodation is sometimes a problem when undertaking such walks. The Coleridge Way includes a list of various accommodation but they tend to be located at the start or end of the first day's walk or in Lynmouth itself at the end of the walk with nothing much conveniently located for day's two and three if you follow our chosen itinerary. This is where Little Brendon Hill Farm comes in as Lin and Rob (the owners) offer a 'Coleridge Way Package' at their B&B which includes bed, breakfast, an evening meal plus transport to and from each day's start and finish points; please see my separate review on this excellent package. The walk itself is well marked by although be warned that the section from Porlock Weir to Lynmouth, 'recently' added to extend the original walk which ended at Porlock, is not so well marked. This section uses the 'official' way mark symbol plus random paint 'blobs' plus existing signs where the Coleridge Way shares existing footpaths, although at no time, with the help of the 1:25K OS map and written instructions, did we get lost. The walk itself is a great blend of hills, valleys, woodlands and low level farmland using a mixture of hill paths (sometimes smooth and sometimes stoney), forest tracks, country lanes, fields and quiet country roads. The views throughout the four day walk were stunning and included rugged moorland, steep sided V shaped valleys, wooded coombes, rolling posture land, well tended arable land, picturesque villages and looking further afield the Bristol Channel and South Wales beyond although thankfully we were blessed with good weather for the whole four days! An addition feature of the walk are QR codes attached to various signposts along the way; simply zap the code with your smartphone and lines of Coleridge's poems 'magically' appear. A minor criticism; it would have been better if the poem from which the lines were taken was included. All in all a stunning walk through two beautiful counties; what more could you possibly want?
Written May 2, 2016
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