The Coleridge Way

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ColeridgeWayWe are now well and truly into the walking season. In June many of the walking festivals are held and, just in time, for the season a new extension to the Coleridge Way was opened last week.

The Coleridge Way extension is a 15 mile inland route from Porlock to Lynmouth following in the footsteps of the Romantic Poets. This extends the current 36 mile route from Nether Stowey to Porlock creating a superb 51 mile walk taking in some of the finest countryside in the country and linking the Quantock Hills AONB with Exmoor National Park.

It appears that in the 1790s Samuel Taylor Coleridge  (he of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan fame) and his fellow Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, often walked all the way from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth, a distance of about 50 miles, but when the Coleridge Way was opened 9 years ago, it stopped short at Porlock. Now that has been resolved.

The Coleridge way connects two protected landscapes – the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Exmoor National Park – which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Walkers will cross an area which contains over 8,000 years of human history.

 

 

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