Open moorlands, ancient woodlands and historic villages all entwine with sloping valleys and gorges to create the Coleridge Way. It’s very easy to see how Samuel Taylor Coleridge was inspired by these West Country landscapes to create his world-renowned poetry. Why not mark the 250th anniversary of Coleridge by following in his footsteps this Autumn?
With 51 miles of footpath to follow, you can walk the route in short sections and stay in one of the many B&B’s along the route, or if you are after a long-distance challenge, why not traverse the Quantocks, Brendon Hills, Exmoor National Park and North Devon coast in a couple of days?
Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the night-thatch
As this extract from Coleridge’s poem ‘Frost at Midnight’ suggests, the Coleridge Way can be walked at any time of year. Well-signposted and passing through many villages en route means there is ample opportunity for West Country hospitality and refreshment along the way.
If you’re walking with children there are many geo-caches to be discovered out and about, and it’s also fun to scan the QR codes found on some of the signposts which give you further information about the great poet himself. And as an added bonus, don’t forget to collect your certificate on completion of your walk! You can celebrate your achievement and Coleridge’s anniversary at either Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey or Lynmouth Pavilion (be sure to check opening times)
To get a glimpse of what to expect along the Coleridge Way, you can watch this video which showcases some of the spectacular scenery which awaits you. Then it’s time to pack your rucksack and lace up your walking boots and follow the quill waymarkers! Enjoy!