Stowey Walking Festival 2019

The Quantock Hills Walking Festival Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019

A weekend of guided walks to suit all abilities in and around the Quantock Hills and West Somerset coast. Many of the walks will have a theme, led by local experts. All walks start and finish in the village of Nether Stowey.

Stowey Walking, the Walkers are Welcome steering group for Nether Stowey and Over Stowey, will be holding a walking festival again this summer in and around the Quantock Hills and West Somerset coast. There will be a variety of walks over the weekend to suit all abilities.

Many of the walks will have a theme this year with local experts leading each walk. Lynne Abbott from Stowey Walking said she was excited to have representatives from Somerset Wildlife Trust, The Friends of Coleridge and Friends of Quantock leading some of the walks who will be able to share their knowledge of the local area.

All walks will start and finish in the village of Nether Stowey, with the opportunity for tea and cake at the end of each walk.

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.

Nether Stowey was home to the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who found inspiration for his poetry from 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.

Numbers for the walks need to be limited so booking is essential. 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.

For full information and booking details contact or visit the website


Exmoor and the Quantock Hills are great places to visit all year round and there are events to enjoy whatever the weather. There are a number of annual festivals, plus numerous village fetes, concerts and sporting events. Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills both provide guided walks throughout the year.

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