Coleridge Way

Coleridge Way

A walking holiday through the Quantock Hills, Brendon Hills and Exmoor, once beloved by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

4 to 7 nights
51 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £485 per person

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4 to 7 nights
51 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £485 per person

Coleridge Way

This fabulous walk along the Coleridge Way follows in the footsteps of famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, passing through the beautiful countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor.

The trail visits such important landmarks as the poet’s former home in Nether Stowey, as well as plenty of other charming, historic villages along the way. On your walking holiday, you'll enjoy a scenic mixture of rolling farmland, heather moorland, ancient oak woodland and deep secluded valleys, passing the impressive Stowey Castle and boasting fabulous views from Lype Hill, the highest point on the trail.

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Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Coleridge Way map
Nether Stowey to Lynmouth
51 miles (82 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following in the footsteps of famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge through the beautiful landscape that inspired him.

Spotting red deer, buzzards, butterflies, Exmoor ponies and other wildlife as you walk through a variety of rich habitats.

Admiring the wonderful views over the Somerset Coast stretching towards Wales.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
COL1 From Nether Stowey to Lynmouth 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £485
COL2 From Nether Stowey to Lynmouth 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding £605
COL3 From Nether Stowey to Lynmouth 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £725
COL4 From Nether Stowey to Lynmouth 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate £840

Coleridge Way 4 nights, 3 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

This tour is available to book all year, however out of season from November to March, there may be a small supplement for luggage moves, which will be moved by taxi rather than the usual luggage courier.

Start

Travel to Nether Stowey where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Nether Stowey to Roadwater(L). 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 2

Roadwater(L) to Porlock. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 3

Porlock to Lynmouth. 16 miles (26km)

Finish

Depart from Lynmouth after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Coleridge Way map
Nether Stowey to Lynmouth
51 miles (82 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following in the footsteps of famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge through the beautiful landscape that inspired him.

Spotting red deer, buzzards, butterflies, Exmoor ponies and other wildlife as you walk through a variety of rich habitats.

Admiring the wonderful views over the Somerset Coast stretching towards Wales.

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra day to explore the sights and sounds of Somerset and the landscape loved by Samuel Taylor Coleridge can be the perfect way to extend your holiday.

Nether Stowey is a thriving village with lots to explore. There are numerous interesting buildings to visit, including Coleridge Cottage, where Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived and wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan; Stowey Court; St Mary?s Church and the remains of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle.

Porlock is a lovely place to linger at the end of your walk. With pretty thatched cottages, a range of shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and charming inns, there is lots to do in the town, but a walk down to the sea at Porlock Weir reveals a lovely little harbour and superb coastal scenery, as well as the route of the South West Coast Path.

The pretty village of Lynmouth, at the junction and estuary of the East and West Lyn rivers, is also a delightful place to linger.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 51 miles (82 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 16 miles (26 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18.5 miles (29.5 km)
Code: COL1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Nether Stowey
End of holiday: Lynmouth

Route Profile

Coleridge Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air

The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter and Bristol.

By Rail

The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Nether Stowey) are either Bridgwater (about 8.5 miles away) or Taunton (about 11.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Lynton/Lynmouth) is at Barnstaple (about 19 miles away).

By Bus

There is only about one bus a day Monday to Friday only between Bridgwater or Taunton and Nether Stowey, so a taxi would probably be the best option. Buses do run from Lynmouth/Lynton to Barnstaple Monday to Saturday only, but a taxi would be much quicker, and essential on a Sunday.

From London

Trains run from London Paddington station to Bridgwater & Taunton. From these stations, a bus/taxi will be required to Nether Stowey.

Return to Start

The journey from Lynmouth to Nether Stowey via public transport is very long and impractical. The easiest way is to take a taxi from Lynmouth to Nether Stowey.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Between Nether Stowey and Bicknoller" by Anthony Pearse (2023) "Between Nether Stowey and Bicknoller" by Anthony Pearse (2023)
"The End of the Coleridge Way" by Anthony Pearse (2023) "The End of the Coleridge Way" by Anthony Pearse (2023)
"Porlock" by Anthony Pearse (2023) "Porlock" by Anthony Pearse (2023)
"View across Porlock Bay" by Anthony Pearse (2023) "View across Porlock Bay" by Anthony Pearse (2023)
"Heading into Lynmouth" by Anthony Pearse (2023) "Heading into Lynmouth" by Anthony Pearse (2023)
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Horses in the Quantock Hills - Horses in the Quantock Hills
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View from the slopes of Dunkery Beacon - View from the slopes of Dunkery Beacon
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View over the Bristol Channel - View over the Bristol Channel
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Nether Stowey Castle Sheep - Nether Stowey Castle Sheep
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Nether Stowey Clock Tower - Nether Stowey Clock Tower
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St Etheldreda's Church - St Etheldreda's Church
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Quantock Hills - Quantock Hills
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Exmoor National - Exmoor National
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Bridge over East Lyn River - Lynmouth - Bridge over East Lyn River - Lynmouth
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Bridge over East Lyn River - Bridge over East Lyn River
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Coleridge Way Sign - Coleridge Way Sign
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Lynmouth - Lynmouth
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Customer reviews from the Coleridge Way

“Difficult to choose our favourite part of the route as we enjoyed every day.”
Mrs Hurd, UK
“We loved walking the Coleridge Way. We have done many walks with Contours over the years and think the standard of accommodation is getting even better. Thank you.”
Mrs Howard, UK
“Everything about the holiday was excellent, from the first contact to the last day. All elements of our experience were really great. The day from Bicknoller to Luxborough was really beautiful for the woodland and high tops with stunning views around the Quantocks and to Exmoor.”
Mr Ruff, UK
“I enjoyed a visit to Coleridge's Cottage and the National Trust guys there were very welcoming. I got the impression they aren't exactly besieged by visitors although weekends and school parties maybe make it busier in what is a small house. On the update, the views were spectacular - right across the Severn estuary over to Wales and up to Dunkery Beacon. In summery - a challenging but very rewarding holiday.”
Mr Pearse, UK
“First long distance walk we had done - but our friends who came with us have done loads - all of us were very impressed with the whole holiday. Good levels of accommodation and easy transfers.”
Mr Pettit, UK
“The route is very varied and the scenery lovely. The accommodation was very good. Would definitely recommend this holiday to others. You need to be fittish as there's quite a lot of climb over the six days, but as three seventy somethings we found it was ideal for us. The communication has been good, the pack very helpful, and it was reassurung to find that the accommodation had been checked out by yourselves. We just need to find the right walk for us as we age.”
Mr Temple, UK
“We very much enjoyed our holiday. The Devon countryside is very attractive and north Somerset no less so. We were blessed with the weather. Most days were hazy sunshine with a cool breeze – ideal walking weather. We didn’t see one drop of rain. All the taxis for transfers were reliable and accommodating. My wife was concerned about a knee injury when we made our holiday booking so we chose the itinerary with 11 days walking. Previously we would have chosen the 10 days option. On our return, I was interested to see how you restructured the itinerary for 10 days.”
Mr Parsons, UK
“Lovely varied scenery and walks, nice daily walking distances.”
Mr Pugh, UK
“A lovely walk, splendid views, lots of history on a well waymarked route. Very good B&B's. No problems at all. Thanks to the team for organizing everything.”
Mr Darwen, UK
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