Time to explore Coleridge country

porlock-bay-from-dunkery-hill-exmoor-somersetThe Coleridge Way near us in Somerset is named after the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and we in turn have named our restaurant after the talented wordsmith.

The route is a must for any keen walkers and we’re perfectly placed to act as your base while you explore the breathtaking views that abound in this part of the world.

The path opened in April 2005 and was originally 36 miles long, stretching from Nether Stowey, home to Coleridge from 1797 until 1800, to Porlock.

But due to its popularity, it was later extended to Lynmouth, making the walk 51 miles (82 km) in total.

Coleridge was an enthusiastic walker and once trekked from Nether Stowey to Porlock in just a day, which is exceptional!

The route takes in some of the county’s most breathtaking scenery. It passes through the Quantocks, which is England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along with the Gower Peninsula in Wales. The path then goes on to the Brendon Hills and into Exmoor National Park.

However, to fully enjoy the views it is advisable to take four to five days. Walkers also have the chance to continue further using the South West Coast Path and to go into the Valley of the Rocks on Exmoor.

The terrain includes robust heathland and moorland with wild heathers, ponies and red deer. There are also deciduous and coniferous woods to tramp through. It’s a wonderful mash-up of pretty villages with pink and white painted, quaint cottages and deep valleys, where you almost feel like time has stood still for generations.

If you’d like to walk in Coleridge’s footsteps, then we’re not far from the start point. We provide luxury rooms and delicious, award-winning food.

We’d love to hear from you, so why not give get in touch. We re-open for the spring season on February 16, 2018.  Click here for all our contact details.