The Quantock Hills Walking Festival

Wednesday 8th - Sunday 12th June 2022

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We look forward to seeing you for our fourth walking festival this June. Whilst most walks will be at the weekend as usual, this year's walking festival features a long distance walk split over four days starting on Wednesday 8th June

The festival is once again supported by the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme and Somerset Passenger

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:Full details of all the walks are listed below

Places are limited so book your place today

Upcoming Events

  • Beat the Boundary – The Full Quantock Hills Experience – 50 miles over 4 full days (Challenging)
    08 Jun, 09:00 – 12 Jun, 15:30
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A multi-day circular walk around the Quantock Hills and villages. Challenge yourself to walk around the entire Quantock Hills AONB. From coast to county town, experience the footpaths at the foothills of the Quantocks on this four-day challenge walk.
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  • Walking with Wheels - 6.5 miles / 6 hours (Moderate)
    09 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Quarry Car Park, Great Wood, Over Stowey, Bridgwater TA5, UK
    A beautiful ramble in the Quantocks. Suitable for those with an off-road mobility scooter. Friends and helpers welcome. Contact paula@disabledramblers.co.uk for further information.
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  • Stowey CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Walk - 1.5 miles / 1.5 hours (Easy) (Self-guided)
    11 Jun, 10:00 – 12 Jun, 15:30
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    Someone has broken into the safe at the Thomas Poole Library and stolen some valuable books - help find out who did it! Put on your investigative hat and follow the trail to solve the clues that will lead you to the identity of the thief! - A self-guided family treasure hunt around the village.
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  • The Castles and Coast Way - Coastal Loop - 7.5 miles / 4 hours (Moderate)
    11 Jun, 10:30 – 15:00
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A circular walk starting at the historic settlement of Lilstock with a 'Storywalk', before heading along the England Coast Path to Hinkley Point C, Europe’s biggest construction project. Then inland through the old Fairfield estate.
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  • Walford’s Gibbet and Beyond - 6 miles / 3.5 hours (Moderate)
    11 Jun, 11:30 – 15:00
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    Visit the sites of local murderer John Walford’s gibbeting and Dowsborough Iron Age hill fort. This circular walk from Nether Stowey involves two moderate ascents (100’) with wonderful views across the Bristol Channel.
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  • Photo Walk: Halswell House, Mill Wood & Goathurst - 2.5 miles / 3 hours (Easy)
    12 Jun, 10:00 – 13:30
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    Explore the stunning grounds of Halswell House, rarely open to the public, Mill Wood and Goathurst with your camera or cameraphone.
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  • A Quantock Walk in the Footsteps of the Romantic Poets - 6 miles / 4 hours (Moderate)
    12 Jun, 10:30 – 15:00
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    The walk traces a route the poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth would have walked in the Quantocks, with pauses to hear about the places and stories that inspired them. From Dorothy’s Glen in Holford, along wooded Hodder’s Combe and out onto the open Quantock ridge.
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  • The Two Castles Walk - 6.5 Miles / 3.5 hours (Moderate)
    12 Jun, 10:45 – 14:45
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    A circular historical walk between the Norman castles of Nether Stowey and Stogursey along the Castles and Coast Way. Also taking in Stogursey Mill and St Andrews Church, once a Benedictine Priory.
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  • Steps in Time: Walking with Geologists - 1 mile / 2.5 hours (Easy)
    12 Jun, 11:45 – 14:45
    St Mary's Church Centre, 27 St Mary St, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LJ, UK
    Explore Somerset’s Jurassic coast and discover what lived in the seas that covered West Somerset 200 million years ago. Why are the rocks at Kilve unique? What do fossil ammonites tell us? How does the coastal geology influence the cliff top flora?
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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’