Quantock Walking Festival

Ramblers roll up their sleeves in preparation for the festival

Organisers of next month’s free Quantock Walking Festival have been out and about checking the routes and clearing any obstacles as bookings continue to come in from around the County and further afield.

Sedgemoor Ramblers are holding their second Walking Festival over the weekend of June 10 and 11 and have joined forces with Stowey Walking which gained recognition for Over Stowey and Nether Stowey as Walkers Are Welcome villages last year.

Following the success of last year’s festival, the Ramblers decided to use Nether Stowey as their base again to offer a choice of three guided walks each day, starting and finishing in the village and followed by tea and home-made cake.

Nether Stowey, on the edge of the Quantock Hills, is the start of the Coleridge Way named after its most famous former resident. The festival walks will take in hills, combes, moorland, woods, forest trails and coastal paths offering stunning views and plenty of wildlife.

Jenny Fawle for Sedgemoor Ramblers said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming people to the district and sharing the wonderful walks we have on our doorstep. We are grateful to all those who are helping to make it possible including Sedgemoor District Council for help with the cost of transport for the linear walks.”

Lynne Abbott of Stowey Walking said the group was delighted to be helping with its first festival in its official capacity as a Walkers Are Welcome destination and members would be doing everything they could to make it an enjoyable weekend for all.

While the event is free, numbers for the walks need to be limited so booking is essential.  For full information and booking details, see www.sedgemoorramblers.co.uk  or phone Alan or Sara on 01278 773730


(pictured Jenny Fawle and Lynne Abbott (second and third left) with volunteers out clearing the way for the Quantock Walking Festival in June)

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