In the Footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth

Walking the Coleridge Way, our route takes you into the heart of the English pastoral, with a trail that reaches from Somerset to the Quantocks (England’s first ever recognised Area Of Natural Beauty), through to the Brendon Hills and Exmoor National Park.

Highlights
  • Visit the places where Coleridge composed some of his most famous works (Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Kahn...)
  • End your walk in the seaside town of Lynmouth, or Porlock
  • Visit picturesque country pubs and tea-shops on the villages en-route
  • Discover the seldom visited Brendon Hills through Exmoor National Park
  • Long stretches of wild forest tracks make this a particularly good walk for Autumn/Spring
  • Extend your walk on the last day with a visit to the Valley of the Rocks
  • 4 to 7 nights
  • 35 to 51 mls (view km)
  • Nether Stowey, South West England
  • Easy
  • Mar to Oct
  • £355

Walking Through the Quantocks Hills

Woodland, farmland, deep combs, high moorland heath and secluded villages are the backdrop to Coleridge's famous works. Occupied in 1797, the cottage in Nether Stowey stands as the site of his most prolific period. Within the space of three years he had written his most famous work, looking to the surrounding hills and combs for inspiration.

Coleridge Way above Nether Stowey_

"Now, my friends emerge/ Beneath the wide wide Heaven - and view again / The many-steepled tract magnificent/ Of hilly fields and meadows, and the sea."

Walking The Coleridge Way

Coleridge was a keen walker, thinking nothing of a 40-mile hike to visit friends; here we begin at Coleridge's front door, with a trail that traces his footsteps to Wordsworth’s stately home in Alfoxton Park. From there begins the ascent to the slopes of the Quantocks Hills, where early-risers get the best chance to catch sight of the 1000+ red deer which roam there. Trying to spot a hundred varieties of bird in a day is a common challenge among birdwatchers of the area, indicative of the sheer abundance of wildlife in these hills.

Red soil pasture folds into the Brendon Hill range where this trail continues, and from here we take the winding trail around the windswept moorland edges of Exmoor-one of our finest wild open landscapes.

Meander through an idyllic, quintessentially English part of the world, where the sleepy villages along the route have names like Quantoxhead, Bicknoller and Monksilver. You may be tempted by the array of ancient pubs dotted along the way, as no doubt Coleridge and Wordsworth were on their long walks into the country.

Views from Exmoor extend into South Wales and mid-Devon as you make the gradual descent down to the coast at Porlock Bay.

You have the option to to finish your walk in Porlock, or if you wish, to take the recent extension of the trail inland through Worthy Woods before descending into the famous Doone Valley. The trail passes through Oare, the beauty spot of Watersmeet where it meets the South West Coast Path to Lynmouth.

In 2008 this route was selected by The Times as one of Britain's best autumn walks. When it comes to hiking South England, Spring and autumn are the most scenic times, but the walk can be taken at any point in the year.

Each of the walking trails we offer has been walked and assessed. Give us a call, we would be delighted to talk you through a walking holiday on the Coleridge Way.

Celtic Trails has 20 years’ experience providing tailored, quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate good service, comfort and organisation.

Path Walkthrough

Coleridge Way walking map
Our Coleridge Way walking route takes you from Nether Stowey to Porlock

Walkers can expect long stretches through the glades of the exmoor forest, walking out into exposed sections through hill and field, before meeting the coast at Lynmouth. Along your way, you'll cross paths with Exmoor towns and villages in a landscape scattered with small thatched cottages and stonework pubs.

Although ascents are not particularly steep, there are a few strenuous sections where climbs are prolonged over a long stretch of the route. Walkers shouldn't find the going too taxing, however, good navigation skills are key - especially when you consider that this is a very quiet walk, in a sparsely populated area made up of twisting paths through village streets, forest tracks and heather-capped field.

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Our Coleridge Way Walking Itinerary

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Nether Stowey to Porlock

Length: 35.25 miles/ 56.5 km | Difficulty: Easy

Code
Duration
Start Price
COL1
5 Nights / 4 Days
£435

Nether Stowey to Porlock

5 Nights / 4 Days
Holiday Code: COL1
Price: £435 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £32.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Nether Stowey
Day 2:Nether Stowey to Bicknoller9.75 miles/15.6 km
Day 3:Bicknoller to Roadwater9 miles/14.4km
Day 4:Roadwater to Wheddon Cross8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 5:Wheddon Cross to Porlock8 miles/12.8 km
Day 6:Depart Porlock

Itinerary Information: 5 nights accommodation with 4 walking days. Arrive in Nether Stowey on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Porlock on morning of day 6.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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COL2
4 Nights / 3 Days
£355

Nether Stowey to Porlock

4 Nights / 3 Days
Holiday Code: COL2
Price: £355 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £32.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrival Nether Stowey
Day 2:Nether Stowey to Bicknoller9.75 miles/15.6km
Day 3:Bicknoller to Luxborough12.25 miles/19.6km
Day 4:Luxborough to Porlock13.25 miles/21.2km
Day 5:Depart Porlock

Itinerary Information: 4 nights accommodation with 3 walking days. Arrive in Nether Stowey on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Porlock on morning of day 5.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Nether Stowey to Lynmouth

Length: 51 miles/ 82 km | Difficulty: Easy

Code
Duration
Start Price
COL3
7 Nights / 6 Days
£600

Nether Stowey to Lynmouth

7 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: COL3
Price: £600 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £32.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Nether Stowey
Day 2:Nether Stowey to Bicknoller9.75 miles/15.6km
Day 3:Bicknoller to Roadwater9 miles/14.4km
Day 4:Roadwater to Wheddon Cross8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 5:Wheddon Cross to Porlock8 miles/12.8km
Day 6:Porlock to Brendon10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 7:Brendon to Lynmouth4.75 miles/8km
Day 8:Departure Day

Itinerary Information: 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in Nether Stowey on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Lynmouth on morning of day 8.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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COL4
5 Nights / 4 Days
£445

Nether Stowey to Lynmouth

5 Nights / 4 Days
Holiday Code: COL4
Price: £445 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £32.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Nether Stowey
Day 2:Nether Stowey to Bicknoller9.75 miles/15.6km
Day 3:Bicknoller to Luxborough12.25 miles/19.6km
Day 4:Luxborough to Porlock13.25 miles/21.2km
Day 5:Porlock to Lynmouth15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 6:Departure Day

Itinerary Information: 5 nights accommodation with 4 walking days. Arrive in Nether Stowey on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Lynmouth on morning of day 6.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack, including itinerary, accommodation directions and holiday planning
  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £32.50 per night.

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £25 per night.

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £50 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

  • Getting There

    Nearest airports are located in Bristol www.nationalrail.co.uk   

    Bus stations are located in: Taunton, Bridgwater, Lynmouth and Lynton.

    South West Public Transport:  www.travelinesw.com/nbindex   

    There is a 2-hourly bus service (No 14) from Bridgwater to Nether Stowey.

    If you prefer to arrive by car, we can advise on car parking arrangements.

    Taxi 

    Approx taxi fares 2016:

    Porlock to Nether Stowey         £45

    Lynton to Nether Stowey          £60

  • Best Time to Travel

    Devonshire is characterised by mild weather, the region experiences some of the mildest winters in the world for its latitude, with areas along the coast of Devon typically experiencing some of the warmest weather in the UK.

    The Coleridge Way could potentially be taken at any point of the year, in fact if you're the sort of walker who finds a winter walk blows away the cobwebs - then Exmoor national park is particularly beautiful in winter.

    However, many of our top choices for accommodation tend to shut up shop for winter, so bear that in mind before booking.

    Average rainfall for hiking through Exmoor on the coleridge Way                                           Average Temperatures for Walking Exmoor, Coleridge Way                                                   Daily Weather Condition on the Coleridge way, daylight in Exmoor

Walker Reviews of Our Coleridge Way Walking Holiday

Our past clients rated this walk 4.9 out of 5, read a selection of 2 reviews below.

"The uphill bits were a struggle, but the views were breathtaking! The walk also contained various terrains, which made it more interesting. The B&Bs that we stayed in each night were wonderful. Warm and welcoming at the end of a long day's walk! It doesn't get much better than this!"

5 out of 5

May 2018

‘This was a magnificent walk through varied and very beautiful countryside. It was more up and down than some walks, but that ensured an everchanging landscape. Definitely one of the best walks I’ve done – memorable and beautiful. Our visit to Coleridge’s cottage made a lovely end to the walk.'

4.8 out of 5

September 2016

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