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Exmoor Ranger Adam and the Coleridge Way

- We asked Ranger Adam Vasey what the Coleridge Way means to him.

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 29 January 2013

Exmoor Ranger Adam and the Coleridge Way As an Exmoor Ranger I am out walking the Coleridge Way a lot.  Part of my job includes improving the signage of the Coleridge Way footpath and bridleway through the National Park and I have become very fond of it.  I think my favourite bit is the section between Treborough and Pooltown.  It’s right in the middle of my patch and I can look out over the landscape and recognise all the farms and paths and landmarks.  The path down to Pooltown is an old sunken lane and I love the feeling of history when you walk those old lanes.

Finding your way along the tracks and trails of Exmoor can be an exciting experience especially if you haven’t walked the paths before.  Turning the corner to find a helpful way-mark or finger sign can be a welcome relief.  Here at Exmoor National Park Authority we work hard to keep the Public rights of Way well signed and easy to use and are always trying to improve our Rights of Way network.

Recently we looked at the way-marking for the Coleridge Way Footpath and the Coleridge Way Bridleway which stretches all over Exmoor.  We found that it had been a few years since the routes were way marked and many of the small wooden badges used to sign the way were rotted and needed replacing.  The main problem was that there were no more of the wooden computer etched signs.

All of our wooden fingerposts are hand crafted and the timber locally sourced from our woodlands.  Working with our Field Service Team we came up with a new simplified Coleridge Way logo that could be hand-routed onto our fingerposts.  We used a colour system to distinguish between the Coleridge Bridleway and Coleridge Footpath; yellow for the footpath and blue for the bridleway.  It’s taken a fair bit of work by the Ranger Team and the Field Service Team to survey both the routes and then rejuvenate the signage.  It’s an on-going process but we feel like we’re winning!

Just the other week I was walking the paths near Roadwater and met a family walking the Coleridge Way.  They were fully kitted out with boots, backpacks and even tents.  They’d decided to walk the Coleridge Way Footpath in the same style as Coleridge.  Instead of booking a places at B&B’s they simply stopped at a farm and asked to camp out in their fields, giving a small donation in return.  I asked them about the signage and they gave us 10 out of 10.

It’s great to meet people using the Coleridge Way although I would suggest that camping in fields isn’t the only way to enjoy this fantastic route!  There are many great little B&B’s offering first class accommodation and food all along the way.  Many also offer livery if you’re wanting to ride the Coleridge Way Bridleway.

So come and walk in the footsteps of Coleridge.  You’ll see some truly great scenery and hopefully won’t get lost along the way!

- Adam Vasey,  Exmoor Ranger.

Photo: Crafting the new Coleridge Way markers

The Coleridge Way is a 36mile walking route and bridleway route from Nether Stowey in the Quantock Hills AONB to Porlock in Exmoor National Park.  To download the route click here

 


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    Richard Helyer

    31 Jan 13

    My family walked the Coleridge way a couple or so years ago and if you don’t fancy lugging luggage or two car shuffle, we found that we could easily get bags moved from B&B to the next by taxi without any problem. There is also a camp site in Porlock village that allows cars to be parked for a nominal fee at the end of the walk. However, getting back to the start in Stowey can be an adventure trying to link bus timetables, train from Minehead to Crowcombe helped there. It is a hugely enjoyable walk through some of the lesser visited parts of the area.


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    Combo

    18 Mar 13

    Well done on still having a rear mech which fitncuons. Normally when I bend em, it’s a new one plus hanger. (The brackety thing it attaches to on the bike).During the recent heat wave I downed the dregs of my pint, only to be stung on the tip of my tounge by a wasp, busy swimming in it. Needless to say it is no longer sharing life with us on earth.  Luckily my tounge returned to normal after about 2 hours!!


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