Walks

There are a number of circular and coastal walks in Somerset which lead through many picture postcard villages or take a short ten minute walk along the river bank to one of our local pubs; the Bason Bridge Inn.

  • The Black Down Hills – 35 minutes from Wall Eden
  • Quantock Hills – 35 minutes from Wall Eden (The Quantock Hills offer fantastic views across the Severn Estuary)
  • The Mendip Hills – 25 minutes from Wall Eden
  • Kilve Beach (great for fossil hunting) – 40 minutes from Wall Eden (Lilstock to Kilve is a 3 mile walk, renowned for its idylic setting and outstanding cream tea’s)
  • Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve – 15 minutes from Wall Eden (Shapwick offers a chance to get close to nature)
  • Brent Knoll – 10 minutes from Wall Eden (Brent Knoll is a short hill climb to the summit, where a roman fort once stood, views across the Somerset Levels and Severn Estuary are worth the climb)
  • Cheddar Caves – 25 minutes from Wall Eden (Cheddar Caves has a circular walk skirting the famous Cheddar Gorge and ending at Jacob’s Ladder before the assent down in to Cheddar Valley and village).

Guided Tours

You could take a guided tour through the ancient city of Wells and discover a place full of history, with the world’s oldest working clock and resting place of Harry Patch, the last surviving british soilder of World War One. For more information go to www.wellswalkingtours.co.uk.

Walk The Coleridge Way – In the Footsteps of a Romantic Poet

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 -1834
Walk 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.

Coleridge Cottage
A national Trust property, 35 Lime Street, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset.
“The light shall stream to a far distance from the taper in my cottage window”

The Route Guide

Starting at Nether Stowey to Bicknoller – 9.2 Miles
Start with a steady climb for the first 2.5 miles to Woodlands Hill, from there it is down hill to Holford and then generally undulating to Bicknoller, with a few short sharp descents and climbs in and out of small combes. This section also follows a route signed as the Quantock Greenway.

Start point: Coleridge Cottage, Lime St. Nether Stowey
Toilets: Nether Stowey car park in Castle Street
Places to Eat & Drink: pubs, shops & tea rooms in Nether Stowey; pub & tea rooms/gardens in Holford (all just off route); pub and shop (just off route) in West Quantoxhead; pub (just off route) & shop at Bicknoller
Maps: You are advised to carry with you OS Explorer Maps:

140 Quantock Hills & Bridgwater
OL9 Exmoor

Waymarking: the route is waymarked with distinctive quill waymarks.

ST 191 399 NETHER STOWEY
From the front door of Coleridge Cottage turn right and walk down Lime Street. Then Turn right into Castle Street by clock tower (A). Continue up Castle Street (B) and walk up hill. At brow of hill climb to top of Castle Mount (C) on right (take stile on right). Return over stile to road and continue to the T junction at bottom of hill.

(A) The clock tower was erected in 1862 using the bell from the former market cross. Also site of Old Gaol.
(B) Toilets & information in library car park in Castle Street.
(C) Remains of 11th C Motte & Bailey Castle with fine views of Nether Stowey, Quantocks and across Bristol Channel. Castle destroyed in 15thCentury.

From Nether Stowey on the Quantock Hills, where Coleridge lived for three years, walk the following route:

A quiet and unspoilt northern fringe of the Quantock Hills through the villages of Holford, West Quantoxhead and Bicknoller, then follow the little known Brendon Hills through the villages of Monksilver, Roadwater and Luxborough, across Lype Hill to Wheddon Cross, and finally through remote Exmoor moorland of Dunkery Hill to the woodland village of Horner.

You will have now reached Porlock, the end of your route, on the spectacular South West Coast Path.