The Coleridge Way

The Coleridge Way - Walking in the footsteps of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 

The Coleridge Way is a 51 mile walk through the stunning and breathtaking Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, Brendon Hills and Exmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work.

The route takes you through wild and remote landscapes, up over moorland, down ancient wooded valleys and through historic villages, finishing on Exmoor’s dramatic coastline.

You will travel through a variety of landscapes: heathland, moorland, deciduous & coniferous woodland, farmland, deeply wooded valleys and historic villages with expansive views over the North Somerset Coast and Wales.

Highlights

  • Following in the footsteps of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge through a landscape that inspired some of his best works.
  • Wonderful views over Exmoor and along the coast.
  • Watching the wildlife along the route, including birds of prey, red deer and ponies.
  • Passing through picturesque villages along the route.

Route Facts

Start: Nether Stowey
Finish: Lynmouth
Total Distance: 51 miles (82 km)
Season 2nd January to 24th December

Itineraries

 
COLE1 The Coleridge Way - 3 days / 4 nights £370.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Nether Stowey    
Day 2 Nether Stowey to Roadwater 19 miles (30 km) moderate
Day 3 Roadwater to Porlock 17 miles (27 km) moderate
Day 4 Porlock to Lynmouth 17 miles (27 km) moderate / strenuous
Day 5 Depart after breakfast    
 
COLE2 The Coleridge Way - 4 days / 5 nights £470.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Nether Stowey    
Day 2 Nether Stowey to Sampford Brett 11 miles (18 km) moderate
Day 3 Sampford Brett to Luxborough 12 miles (19 km) moderate
Day 4 Luxborough to Porlock 13 miles (21 km) moderate
Day 5 Porlock to Lynmouth 16 miles (26 km) moderate / strenuous
Day 6 Depart after breakfast
COLE3 The Coleridge Way - 5 days / 6 nights £560.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Nether Stowey    
Day 2 Nether Stowey to Sampford Brett 11 miles (18 km) moderate
Day 3 Sampford Brett To Luxborough 12 miles (19 km) moderate
Day 4 Luxborough to Porlock 13 miles (21 km) moderate
Day 5 Porlock to Brendon 12 miles (19 km) moderate / strenuous
Day 6 Brendon to Lynmouth   5 miles ( 8 km) moderate
Day 7 Depart after breakfast    
 
COLE4 The Coleridge Way - 6 days / 7 nights £640.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Nether Stowey    
Day 2 Nether Stowey to Sampford Brett 11 miles (18 km) moderate
Day 3 Sampford Brett to Roadwater   7 miles (11 km) moderate
Day 4 Roadwater to Wheddon Cross   8 miles (13 km) moderate
Day 5 Wheddon Cross to Porlock   8 miles (13 km) moderate
Day 6 Porlock to Brendon 12 miles (19 km) moderate / strenuous
Day 7 Brendon to Lynmouth   5 miles ( 8 km) moderate
Day 8 Depart after breakfast    
 
Supplements / Options
       
  Extra Night (Standard) £48.00 per person / per night
  Single Supplement £20.00 per person / per night
  Solo Walker Supplement £30.00 per person / per night
 
 

Travel

We provide travel information for your guidance only, we are happy to assist with more detailed travel arrangements or arrange taxi's (where necessary).

If you require any assistance with travel planning, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.

Getting to Nether Stowey

By Air - The closest airports are Exeter and Bristol, both having connecting bus / rail connections with Taunton

By Train - The nearest mainline rail stations are Taunton (11 miles) and Bridgwater (9 miles). Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information.

By Bus - There is currently NO bus service to Nether Stowey.
The best option is a taxi from either Taunton or Bridgwater, which we can arrange for you (where necessary).

Returning from Lynmouth

By Air - The closest airports are Exeter or Bristol, both having connecting bus / rail connections.

By Train - The nearest station is Barnstaple (20 miles), served by bus services from Lynton. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information.

By Bus - There is a regular bus service from Lynton to Barnstaple (No Sunday Service), for timetable and information visit www.travelinesw.com 

Alternative options include a taxi or the Exmoor Moor Rover service to Minehead to connect with regular bus services to Taunton.

Map

Route Info

General Information

The distances and ascents / descents are approximate and for guidance only. The individual making the booking is responsible for ensuring that each member of the party is suitably equipped with standard / survival equipment as necessary for the route / terrain involved.

Insurance

It is advisable that you and each member of your party, takes out holiday insurance to protect yourselves, equipment, luggage and to cover against non-refundable costs should you have to cancel your trip due to unexpected circumstances or ill health. You should ensure that any such policy covers you for the activities being undertaken during your holiday.

Navigation

The route is way-marked with a quill symbol. However some sections are remote and can be very difficult during periods of bad weather or poor visibilityNavigation skills will therefore possibly be needed when crossing these sections.

Experience & Fitness

The tour is suitable for most people with good physical fitness. The route is graded as moderate, but the section from Porlock to Ash Farm is strenuous and involves a long steep climb of 4.75 miles with an ascent of 473 metres.

Equipment

You should always ensure you are properly equipped for your walking holiday and prepared for varying weather conditions along the route. Your holiday pack contains a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking / survival equipment for a days walking.

Luggage Transfers

Your luggage will be transferred each day between each overnight accommodation as detailed within your itinerary. Please check with your accommodation provider where your bags should be left for collection each morning. Luggage transfers are one bag with a maximum weight of 20kg per person.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation

We use comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B's in selecting your accommodation and aim to provide these as close to the trail as possible. We work closely with all of our accommodation providers, each one being selected based on their quality of accommodation and the warm welcomes they provide. We will always request accommodation with private en-suite facilities, but in remoter locations this may not always be available. Please note, that due to the route and location of available accommodation you may need to walk / travel a short distance where accommodation is not available along the route (We can provide taxi transfers if required and booked in advance), your holiday pack will contain directions and location map of each nights accommodation.

Meals

All of our holidays are provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, thus giving you the flexibility to choose your own options for lunch and evening meals. Your holiday pack will contain information on the options available along the route to stop for lunch and places to obtain an evening meal locally, along with places to obtain packed lunches. Accommodation providers may be able to offer evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement if this should be required.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single room either as an individual or as part of a group we would be happy to accommodate you although a single room supplement is payable.

Additional Nights

You can book as many extra nights as you wish, just tell us during your booking where you would like to spend extra days and we would be happy to arrange this for you and provide a quotation and personalised itinerary for this.

Included

What's Included

  •  Accommodation in comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B'
  •  Breakfast each morning for the duration of your holiday.
  •  Luggage transfers each day between each overnight accommodation.
  •  A detailed holiday pack, route guide and maps.
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements (where required).
  •  Emergency support during your holiday.