WEST QUAN­TOX­HEAD

Somerset Life - - FESTIVE WALKS -

A su­perbly view-rich walk in the Quan­tocks, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of poet Samuel Tay­lor Co­leridge. This is an­other route across high open land so you need to be happy about nav­i­gat­ing and a GPS is good if you have one.

From the stone plinth in the car park take the clear track,

The Great Road, that starts im­me­di­ately to the left of the plinth. This heads south east up onto Bea­con Hill. Fol­low the Great Road for 1 mile, ig­nor­ing any side paths, un­til, shortly af­ter the val­ley of Gay’s House Combe on the left, at grid ref ST132406, a path heads across the grass to the left. Take this, then head gen­er­ally north along the Green­way Path. Fol­low this to a fin­ger­post at grid ref ST133422. Turn west on the bri­dle­way

(the Co­leridge Way), drop­ping

Fur­ther walk­ing:

Si­mone Stanbrook-Byrne is the author, with James Clancy, of ‘A Dozen Dra­matic Walks in Som­er­set’ and other walk­ing guides for the West Coun­try

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