The Quantock Hills Walking Festival

Saturday 25th September and Sunday 26th September 2021

Picnic lunch in Holford Combe
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The date for this year’s walking festival will be the weekend of 25th & 26th September. (Not June as previously planned.) September is a great month for walking in the Quantocks so we hope you will be able to join us. This year's   walking festival is supported by the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme who have some exciting new walks to contribute 

For full details of all the walks please click on the links below

We look forward to seeing friends old and new this September

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Upcoming Events

  • Contours & Combes Challenge - 13 miles / 6.5 hours
    Sat, 25 Sep
    St Mary's Church Centre
    25 Sep, 09:30 – 16:00
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    An undulating circular route from Nether Stowey. Beginning with a swift ascent, this route will rarely stay flat as it loops up and around the contours and combes of the northern Quantock Hills. Expect sometimes challenging terrain, lesser-known paths, but rewarding views of coast and countryside
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  • Quantock Beacons & Posts - 8 Miles / 4 hours
    Sat, 25 Sep
    St Mary's Church Centre
    25 Sep, 10:00 – 14:15
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A challenging walk along the north western edge of the Quantock Hills from West Quantoxhead to Halsway Post, with spectacular views over the Brendon Hills to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor. Returning to Nether Stowey via Dead Woman's Ditch and Rectory Wood.
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  • 'The ‘Roaring Dell', ‘The Shadowy Main' and the 'Heathy Hills' beneath the ‘Wide, Wide Heaven’ - 5 miles / 4 hours
    25 Sep, 10:15 – 14:45
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    An atmospheric circular Quantock walk from Holford, in the footsteps of the Romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. With a visit to Alfoxton Park, Wordsworth's home in 1797 courtesy of the Triatna Buddhists .
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  • A Walk on the Wild Side - 5 miles / 4 hours
    Sat, 25 Sep
    St Mary's Church Centre
    25 Sep, 10:30 – 26 Sep, 14:30
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A leisurely walk identifying the Quantock flora and fauna along the way. Our route follows the start of the Coleridge Way up to Dowsborough iron-age hillfort with magnificent views across the Bristol Channel to the South Wales coast. We will return to Nether Stowey via Five Lords and Bincombe.
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  • Walkies & Whistles - 2.3 miles / 1 hour
    Sat, 25 Sep
    St Marys Church Centre,
    25 Sep, 13:30 – 14:30
    St Marys Church Centre,, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A family friendly self-guided walk, in small groups with your canine companion, exploring the local countryside around Nether Stowey.
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  • The Quantock Ridge the Macmillan Way - 10 miles / 5 hours
    26 Sep, 10:00 – 15:30
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A challenging walk, starting from Cothelstone Hill, at the southern end of the Quantocks, we follow the Macmillan Way West to Crowcombe Park Gate via Lydeard Hill and Wills Neck, the Quantock’s highest summit at 384m, before dropping down to Holford Combe and returning to Nether Stowey.
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  • A Walk Between Worlds: Archaeology and Folklore of the Quantocks - 7.5 miles / 4 hours
    26 Sep, 11:00 – 15:00
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A circular walk from Nether Stowey, visiting some of the most significant archaeological features on the Quantocks, exploring both their history and the many stories humans have told, and continue to tell about them.
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  • Steart Peninsular and Marshes: A working wetland wildlife walk - 4 miles / 3 hours
    26 Sep, 11:15 – 15:15
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A guided walk around one of the UK's largest wetland habitat creation projects. Your WWT volunteer warden will explain the background to the creation of the reserve, plans for the future, the importance of the Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve and help identify any birds seen. Bring binoculars.
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  • Nether Stowey is Pokemon Go! - 1.5 miles / 2 hours
    Sun, 26 Sep
    St Mary's Church Centre
    26 Sep, 13:30 – 15:30
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A family friendly stroll around the village tracking down your favourite Pokemon characters followed by refreshments in the Church Centre. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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Feedback from our 2019 festival:

 

‘Thank you all for putting on the Festival. I really enjoyed my two walks and look forward to next year’s activities!

All best wishes

Dorothy, Combe Florey, Somerset’

 

 ‘At every opportunity over the coming weeks I will be praising The Quantock Hills Walking Festival. Hopefully see you all again in 2020.

Happy walking

Finbarr, Desborough, Northampton’

 

‘Well done on a lovely festival of walks. Everyone I saw had a smile on their faces!

Kind regards

Linda, Cannington, Somerset’