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

Walk 36 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.

Please take a look at the Gallery for images taken along the route.

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
  • 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.

The Coleridge Way can be completed over three or four consecutive days, making it ideal for a short break.  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.

For a longer walking holiday the Coleridge Way links up with the South West Coast Path and the West Somerset Coast Path, enabling you to walk to Lynton or Watchet, both of which have strong links with the Romantic Poets.

Later this year a new extension to the Coleridge Way will be launched between Porlock and Lynmouth.

The 15 mile extension will create a total route of 51 miles. From the current end in Porlock the path will pass through Worthy Woods before passing Ash Farm where Coleridge is reputed to have stayed before dropping into the Doone Valley and finishing on the sea front at Lynmouth. Here walkers have the opportunity to follow the South West Coast Path up to the Valley of Rocks in Lynton and visit the newly restored Poets Shelter.

The route will be way marked and new route guides to the entire route – in both directions – will be available here soon. Keep looking for further updates.

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