Stretching along the northern coast of Devon is the Exmoor National Park in the west and the West Somerset Quantock Hills in the east, the Quantocks Region is a treasure trove of tourism destinations.
The London based visitor usually arrives in the area by car along the M4 to Bristol and then south along the M5. Therefore it is highly possible that the Quantock countryside will be the visitor’s first call.
The sandstone Quantock Hills extend for some twelve miles from the City of Taunton in the east (just off junction 25 on the M5 south) to the village of West Quantoxhead, not far from the sea in the west. The Hils cover an area of about 35 square miles and rise to 1,260 feet at Wills-Neck.
On a clear day it is possible to see as far as Glastonbury Tor and the Mendip Hills to the east; Brecon Beacons in Wales to the north and if the weather is really on side, the Welsh coast across the Bristol Channel.
The Quantock Hills are mainly open heath and low bushes with steep wooded valleys (combes) and are criss-crossed with well graded footpaths. They are ideal for walking tours or just plain rambling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
On the A39 at Nether Stowey is the poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s cottage. Coleridge’s fellow poet and good friend, William Wordsworth lived at Alfoxton, a little over three miles away. Wordsworth also spent some time at ‘Parksome’, 25 to 30 miles away at Racedown between Birdsmoorgate and Coles Cross on the B3765 in Devon.
Nether Stowey is the perfect starting point for those who wish to walk The Coleridge Way – a 3 to 4 days walk through a variety of landscapes and villages ending at Porlock (Postcode: TA24 8PS).
Just to the south of the Quantock Hills range in the Vale of Taunton runs the West Somerset Railway (Heritage).
- By Car From London
Take the M4 to Bristol, and then take the M5 (south). At junction 23 exit on to the A38 south to Bridgewater (Postcode: TA6 3LN) and then the A39 to Nether Stowey (Postcode TA5 1NH). From Nether Stowey there are various walks to the Quantock Hills.
Google Map - Quantock Hills