28/02/2007 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Virtual guide to walking in Somerset

A NEW 'virtual guide' has been created for the Coleridge Way, a 36-mile walking route across the stunning Somerset countryside which follows in the footsteps of the romantic poet. 

It contains everything needed to plan a short three/four day break walking the trail including maps, accommodation suggestions, refreshments stops and a photographic gallery which gives an excellent introduction to the breathtaking scenery.

Linking some of the most beautiful parts of the county and waymarked with distinctive feathered quill signs, the trail starts at Nether Stowey in the Quantocks, crosses the Brendons and finishes on the coast at Porlock in Exmoor National Park.

The interactive website has detailed written instructions and maps dividing the route into four sections with information about the terrain; it also lists places to eat and drink and accommodation suggestions ranging from hotels to camping barns with an explanation about the various grades. Public transport information and the location of car parks, toilets and shops along the trail are also included.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge moved to Nether Stowey in 1797 with his wife Sara and their small child. He was a passionate walker and composed much of his poetry while wandering across the countryside. The trail passes close to the isolated farmhouse where he wrote Kubla Khan, while a short diversion leads to the Bell Inn at the ancient seaport of Watchet where, legend says, the poet started to write the 'Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner'.  He was joined in Somerset by William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, who rented a much larger residence at Alfoxton Park, now a hotel, just three miles walk from Nether Stowey.
For further information, log onto: www.coleridgeway.co.uk. Free information packs have also been produced which are now available from local Tourist Information Centres or call 01643 863150.


28/02/2007 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Do your research ahead of July's Norfolk Motorhome & Campervan Show with our fantastic magazine offers ...

Win a two-night stay at a Premier Parks campsite of your choice

Enter Premier Parks' latest social media competition and you could enjoy two nights at a quality campsite on ...

Where is the cheapest place to camp in Europe?

Everyone is on the lookout for a bargain at the moment, and camping is no different. But which is the ...

Outdoor specialist, Whitby & Co, expands portfolio

Outdoor specialist, Whitby & Co, will now distribute two German brands – Petromax and Feuerhand – to the UK ...

Other News

You can vote in the “biggest and best” Camping Awards ever as the quest begins to find the cream of 2023’s new tents and camping equipment ...

Forestry and Land Scotland calls for responsible access

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging visitors to be mindful of plants and wildlife in a bid to help ...

Nottingham student creates sustainable clothing from tents

Inspired by the huge number of tents discarded after a festival, one university student felt inspired to ...

Caravan Salon Düsseldorf expands for this year

Europe’s largest motorhome show – the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf – will be even larger this year after ...