Join a walking group based in the villages of Nether and Over Stowey for a wweekend walking festival aimed at showcasing the landscape of the Quantock Hills, England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Stowey Walking, a member of the national Walkers are Welcome network, is hosting the weekend of guided walks in and around the Quantocks from June 30 to July 1.
Walkers who book places at the festival will be able to choose from three guided walks each day of varying lengths, so there will be something to suit everyone from keen hikers and ramblers to families looking for a more leisurely stroll in the countryside.
Both Nether Stowey and Over Stowey lie at the foot of the stunning Quantock Hills. The name Stowey comes from the Old English for ‘paved road’ which is fitting for the villages having welcomed walkers for hundreds of years. Nether Stowey with its shops, B&Bs and pubs is at the start of the Coleridge Way, named after the poet who wrote some of his most famous work there. The smaller settlement of Over Stowey clusters around the church of St Peter and St Paul, the parish however encompasses a substantial area of farmland and open access land on the Quantock Hills.
Numbers for the walks are limited so booking is essential. There is no charge for booking but walkers will be asked to make a voluntary donation to Stowey Walking on the festival weekend.