The third annual Quantock Walking Festival takes place this summer (June and July, 2018) near us in Somerset and is hosted by the Stowey Walkers.
The event, which includes organised guided walks, is based in Nether Stowey, a Walkers are Welcome village that’s not far from us and takes place on June 30 and July 1, 2018.
The walking festival is a great way for people to get to know the Quantocks, which offers some amazing countryside and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with friendly and knowledgeable guides.
The Quantock Hills Walking Festival is designed to showcase the varied landscape in the area, which is thought-to-be one of England’s first AONBs.
There will be three guided walks of three, six and 12 miles to choose from each day, so there will be something to suit everyone from keen hikers and ramblers to families looking for a more leisurely stroll in the countryside. The terrain covered includes hills, combes, open moorland, ancient woodland, cultivated forest trails and coastal paths. Those that participate will be able to take in some stunning views, see wild Quantock ponies and may even get a glimpse of the area’s famous red deer.
The walk leaders are keen to share their local knowledge of the area, so it promises to be a wonderful event for anyone able to take part.
Nether Stowey was once home to the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the 51-mile Coleridge Way to Lynmouth, which is a popular walkers route and passes near the hotel, between Wheddon Cross and Porlock, starts in the village.
Coleridge lived here in the late 1700s and his cottage has been preserved by the National Trust.
William Wordsworth also lived nearby with his sister Dorothy and they befriended Coleridge. They became an inseparable trio.
Coleridge was greatly inspired by the Quantocks and wrote some of his finest works including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale and Cristabel in Nether Stowey. He had such a big impact on the area that we’ve even named our award-winning restaurant after him.
Places for the Quantock Walking Festival on June 30 and July 1 are limited, so booking is essential. For further details visit www.stoweywalking.co.uk.
We’re keen to support events like this in the area and are happy to welcome walkers who wish to stay with us for the weekend or book an evening meal or Sunday lunch in our restaurant. The Quantock Walking Festival is a wonderful way of encouraging people to the area and publicising just what we have to offer here on our doorstep.