Stowey Walking, the Walkers are Welcome steering group for Nether Stowey and Over Stowey, is pleased to announce the launch of its third weekend of walks this summer in and around the Quantock Hills and West Somerset coast.
This year’s walking festival will be bigger and better than ever with a variety of new walks venturing further into the Quantock Hills and surrounding area. We have nature rambles, history walks, high level hikes and even a family treasure hunt, all followed by delicious tea and cake here in Nether Stowey.
Lynne Abbott from Stowey Walking said “This year we are proud to have the support of the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme (QLPS), a five-year Heritage Lottery funded scheme to enhance the landscape, natural environment and provide more opportunities for people to engage and enjoy the Quantocks and surrounding area. Our walk leaders this year include members of the QLPS Team, Sedgemoor Ramblers, Friends of Coleridge, Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Steart Marshes.”
The Quantock Hills with its rugged heathland and narrow combes was the first wild area in England to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956. The West Somerset coast has a wealth of wildlife as well as Jurassic fossils to rival those of the South coast and the biggest new coastal wetland area in Britain at Steart Marshes.
Nether Stowey was home to the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who found inspiration for his poetry from walking in the nearby hills. Coleridge’s Cottage is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. The village makes an ideal base for walking with its village shops, pubs and B&Bs.
All walks will start and finish at St Mary’s Church Centre, in the village of Nether Stowey. There is no charge for booking but walkers will be asked to make a voluntary donation on the festival weekend to support the work of Stowey Walking, helping to make the local area more walker friendly.
Places are limited so make your booking today!
Photo: Lynne Abbott