The Coleridge Way has now been extended to become a 51 mile long distance route.
The recent extension of an additional 15 miles now takes the route all the way from Nether Stowey in the Quantock Hills AONB to Lynmouth in Exmoor National Park through stunning scenery. View the website here
The extension was opened on Wednesday 21st May by Rosemary Coleridge Middleton, the great, great, great-granddaughter of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge together with Andrea Davis, Chairman of Exmoor National Park Authority and Suzette Hibbert, Mayor of Lynton and Lynmouth and Chair of the Lyn Community Development Trust.
Andrea Davis, Chairman of Exmoor National Park Authority said: "It's great that this has new extension to the Coleridge Way is happening in the 60th anniversary of Exmoor National Park. I'm sure the new route will be enjoyed by local people and visitors alike and hopefully it will provide the same economic benefits to the small villages along the way, and the area in general, as did the first."
Suzette Hibbert, said: "Back in the 1790s Coleridge and his fellow Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, loved to walk all the way from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth, a distance of about 50 miles, but when the Coleridge Way was opened 9 years ago, it stopped short at Porlock. We have all been working hard to extend the route the extra 15 miles to take it all the way to Lynmouth"
Rosemary Middleton Coleridge expressed delight at seeing so many people at the opening and said:
"Walking actually concentrates the mind, soothes the soul and helps sort out problems. It is a healer of the mind, body and spirit and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, my great great great Grandfather, knew this. I'm very proud to say that it is indeed the Coleridge way of doing things! Keep moving, love thinking, do praying, keep talking, just toddle, but if possible do walk."
Two new films about the Coleridge Way have recently been made, you can watch them here to find out more
3 minute intro http://youtu.be/3SVhmtH1pFc
12 minute documentary http://youtu.be/pZARgLsUL5c
Full information on the entire route, including downloadable route guides, is available on the website here
Photo: Suzette Hibbert, Mayor of Lynton and Lynmouth, Rosemary Coleridge Middleton, great great great-granddaughter of STC and Andrea Davis, Chairman of Exmoor National Park Authority
Georgie Grant - August 2014