Quantocks and Coast
This circular route takes in the foothills of the Quantocks - the first area to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England - and the King Charles III England Coast Path, with stunning views across West Somerset and over the channel to Wales.
Starting in Doniford the route follows the coast path to St Audries before descending onto the beach and past the dramatic St Audries waterfall. After a short beach section we leave the beach and walk along the cliff edge with the swirls of ancient rock formations on the shore below.
Turning inland we make our way on to the Quantock Hills, passing along woodland paths that slowly rise upwards and offer breaks in the trees that reveal sweeping views of the Somerset coastline.
Returning to the lower slopes we come to the village of St Audries, also known as West Quantoxhead, and, passing St Etheldreda's Church, continue on rural county lanes before re-joining local paths.
We are now walking in the footsteps of the Romantic Poets on the Coleridge Way, exploring the rural idyl that inspired Coleridge and Wordsworth, before we head to High Bridge in Williton and following the stream back to Doniford.
The walk will be led by Gerald Swayne, Chairman of West Somerset Ramblers and a long distance walker for over 30 years.
The walk includes sections over farmland and footpaths, through wooded areas and on some stretches of rural local roads. There is also a short section on the beach over sand and pebbles. There are several hills on the route but they are not strenuous.
The meeting point for the walk will be Doniford Farm Park, Doniford Road, Watchet TA23 0TQ, which has kindly agreed to allow cars to be left in the Car Park for the duration of the walk. If you want to find out more or consider getting a packed lunch see their Festival entry here Doniford Farm Park.
Dogs kept under close control and on leads may be allowed by prior arrangement with the organisers.