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The Quantocks through Katy’s eyes

- Meet our Support Assistant Katy

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 29 April 2013

The Quantocks through Katy’s eyes If you’ve ever called the AONB office you will probably have spoken to her; she is a mine of information, and if you have a query Katy will always be able to help. Her calm, practical and friendly nature means life is always easier when she is around, so meet Katy and find out what the Quantocks mean to her.

My job is to keep the AONB office hub running smoothly, this may not be ‘hands on’ conservation work, but it hopefully helps everyone else get the job done!  Recently I’ve been getting our events on the website and ready for online booking.  Hopefully there is something for everyone, young, old; wildlife fanatic or walker and you should be able to book with just a few clicks. http://www.quantockhills.com/events/view

I moved to Bishops Lydeard 25 years ago and spent my youth exploring the foothills on my bike with friends and walking at Lydeard and the Seven Sisters (or Cothelstone Hill as the office calls it!).  After going away to travel and study, I now live in the heart of the hills with my husband and 3 kids.

I love the variety of the Quantocks, and the fact that you can be in a woodland one minute and rolling hills the next.  Also I love the size of the hills, not too big and not too small, just right to get you out of breath on the way up with a glorious view once you’re there.

The valley just outside my back yard, Durborough Valley is my favourite spot. It feels like a beautifully untouched and undiscovered corner of the hills. I love nothing more than an early morning run up to Wills Neck, normally without seeing a soul, saying hi to the ponies as I pass and thinking what an amazing spot I live in.

My family and I love exploring the ancient hill forts, it’s great to stumble into the clearings and imagine the people who lived there all those years ago, it is also a good chance to stop and have a snack and a drink from your flask because there are often wonderful views.

I would recommend the Cothelstone Hill circular walk if you are looking for a walk to do when friends are visiting, it’s perfect for kids too. 360º views so people can get their bearings, kids and dogs can have a good run and pretty Exmoor ponies too! http://www.quantockhills.com/resources/cothelstone_walk_1.pdf


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    03 May 13

    I heartily aggree with you Katy. In short the hills are the place to be to chill out.

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