Wednesday, 18 March 2015

How to walk the West Country

CELEBRATING the announcement of an injection of £637,050 UK government funding into West Somerset's Steam Coast Trail, Visit Exmoor has flagged up some of the other trails that provide a network of multi-user paths for walkers, cyclists, runners and, in many cases, wheelchair users.

There are five popular trails criss-crossing the Exmoor landscape, the best known of which is the 630-mile South West Coast Path, the country's longest path, running from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset.

For those who like to link some culture to their outdoor activities, The Coleridge Way is the perfect walk for fans of the Romantic poets
At 51 miles this is a great introduction to long distance walking and links the Quantock Hills with Exmoor National Park charting the paths that Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Byron followed while writing some of their most influential works. 

Having followed the Coleridge Way to Lynmouth, keen walkers will find two other trails: 

the 103-mile Two Moors Way, and the 
163-mile Tarka Trail.

The 45-mile Exe Valley Way traces the route of the River Exe from its source on Exmoor to the mouth of the Exe Valley and the estuary. 

The Steam Coast Trail will provide a multi-use coastal path between Minehead and Williton, creating a traffic-free route open to walkers and cyclists between Minehead, Dunster, Carhampton, Blue Anchor, Washford, Watchet, and Williton. It will weave walkers, cyclists, runners and wheelchair users through 22 miles of glorious countryside and in and out of heritage towns and railway villages.

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Picture Credit: Tarka perhaps? "Otter (3323933464)" by allen watkin from London via Wikimedia Commons; By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (d. 1834) (Google Books) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; "Otter seats on the Tarka trail' by Derek Harper via Wikimedia Commons, 

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