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The Coleridge Way is a 51-mile (82 km) footpath in Somerset and Devon, England.

Coleridge Way
White painted building
Length51 mi (82 km)
LocationQuantock Hills, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England
TrailheadsNether Stowey/Lynmouth
The waymark of the walk is a quill pen which appears on wooden post throughout the route

It was opened in April 2005, and the route links several sites associated with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge starting from Coleridge Cottage at Nether Stowey. Originally the route finished at Porlock but on 21 May 2014 an extension to Lynmouth was launched.[1] Walkers have the option of continuing along the South West Coast Path into the Valley of the Rocks and Poets Shelter.

The footpath is waymarked. It starts in the Quantock Hills (England's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), passing through the villages of Holford, West Quantoxhead and Bicknoller before moving onto the Brendon Hills, within Exmoor National Park, through the villages of Monksilver, Roadwater and Luxborough, across Lype Hill to Wheddon Cross. The route then crosses an area of moorland at Dunkery Hill to the woodland village of Horner and moves towards the coast at Porlock on the Bristol Channel. From here the route climbs through Worthy Woods before descending into the Doone Valley passing Oare, Malmsmead, Brendon and Watersmeet before finishing by the Pavilion National Park Centre in Lynmouth where it intersects with the South West Coast Path. The landscapes include heathland, moorland, deciduous and coniferous woodland, farmland, deeply wooded valleys.

In May 2007 The Coleridge Bridle Way was launched providing a horse riding route between Nether Stowey and Exford and includes over 4 miles (6.4 km) of bridleways.[2]

In 2008 it was selected by The Times as one of Britain's best autumn walks.[3]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "The Coleridge Way". Somerset Rural Renaissance. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  3. ^ Seal, Jeremy (21 September 2008). "Britain's 13 best autumn walks". Times Online. London: The Times. Retrieved 21 September 2008.

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