Posted By The Bower Inn

A beginner's guide to Somerset strolling

Our part of the Westcountry and its Heritage Coastline is a hardcore rambler's idea of heaven but if you're new to walking, here's why this part of the world is worth striding out for.

Somerset, its moorland and its coastal scenery is often passed by, but it's a brilliant area for novice walkers to explore with some breath-taking vistas to coo over.

But it's not just about the views, this area is where the Romantic Movement poet Coleridge lived in the late 1700s and wrote his finest works including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale, Cristabel and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison.

So, there are also numerous interesting historical places to visit on the many paths in the area. But where's good to go?

The South West Coast Path, which passes near us, The Coleridge Way from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth and the Macmillan Way from Castle Cary across the Quantocks, through to Barnstaple in Devon are well worth trying sections of.

Exmoor is covered with wonderful routes for those on foot. It has the highest coastal cliffs, 244 metres, in England, and more than 750 miles of public access pathways. It also has the longest stretch of naturally wooded coastline in the whole of the British Isles.

Our boutique hotel with restaurant and bar is ideal for anyone looking to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life and to de-stress in comfortable surroundings with access to stunning scenery all year round.

We provide luxury accommodation and wholesome, hearty, tasty, seasonal food, as well as help and advice regarding particular walks.

After a day's rambling, we offer a wonderful base for walkers with deep baths for soaking your weary feet and limbs and the very best Hypnos mattresses aiding a good night's sleep.

You can go for lovely long or short walks here in Somerset - whatever suits you and your abilities. But if you'd like to have some time sitting and watching the world go by, we also have a log burning stove in our bar for warming your toes in the autumn, winter and early spring months.

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