In the Footsteps of the Romantic Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 -1834

Walk 51 miles 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.

map of Coleridge Way

From Nether Stowey on the Quantock Hills, where Coleridge lived for three years, walk:

  • the 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
  • visit Porlock and on to the Doone Valley and the East Lyn to reach the end of the route at Lynmouth
  • At Lynmouth the path links with the South West Coast Path National Trail. A delightful 30 mile circular walk can be made by walking from Porlock on the Coleridge Way to Lynmouth and returning along the 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.

The Coleridge Way can be completed over six consecutive days, making it ideal for an excellent walking holiday.  The Route Guide will help you to plan the trip.  Stay for a few days and enjoy the high quality bed and breakfast accommodation along the way, all offering a friendly welcome and some providing a baggage transfer service to make your break even more relaxing.

The Route
On the green sheep-track, up the heathy hill, Homeward I wind my way; and lo! recalled From bodings that have well-nigh wearied me...
From ‘Fears in Solitude’, 1798