Starting from Minehead, the South West Coast Path barely dips its toes in Somerset. A traditional seaside resort, Minehead also benefits from having the West Somerset Steam Railway on its doorstep. This is a great way to relax and unwind, enjoying the marvellous countryside as the rail takes you to eight, uniquely different Somerset villages.
This 51 mile walk stretches from Nether Stowey a village on the edge of the Quantock Hills, where Samuel Taylor Coleridge once lived, to Porlock on the Somerset coast. It celebrates the tremendous countryside that had inspired the poet to pen some of his most prolific walk, including Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
The MacMillan Way West, an off-shoot of the Macmillan Way, takes you through an equally unspoilt, rural part of Somerset. The route will take you across the great plains of the Somerset Levels, before rising to the hills of The Quantock, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and justifiably so. Journeying on, your route will take you across wild and open moorlands of Exmoor National Park, a direct contrast to the woodlands and green meadows of The Quantocks.
The northern section of the South West Coast Path starts from Minehead, an attractive seaside resort on the Somerset coast, taking you over high cliffs and deep valleys. Along the way are the tiniest church in the UK and the pretty fishing village of Porlock. Once a thriving fishing village, Porlock's quaint cottages and welcoming pubs still have much to offer the weary walker.
Journeying inland, a walk in Somerset will typically take you over rolling hills of heathland and moorland, woodland and farmland, narrow lanes with high banks, and through chocolate box villages of thatched cottages and flower scented gardens. Then, there are the Somerset Levels, a vast plain. Being below sea level, it is prone to winter flooding but it is also home to a rich plant and bird life.
We specialise in providing walking holidays in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire and Somerset. We are enthusiastic about outdoor pursuits and have experienced climbing, canoeing, skiing, caving and potholing and windsurfing as well as walking throughout the UK, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
We use our experience to provide self-guided, pack-free walking holidays, tailored to the requirements and abilities of our clients.