Nether Stowey, Exmoor National Park

Nether Stowey, Exmoor National Park
  • Village to the east of Exmoor National Park on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Linked to Exmoor by the Coleridge Way
  • Walk the Coleridge Way from Lynmouth, through Porlock, to Nether Stowey. Follow the quill pen waymarkers across Exmoor
  • Visit Coleridge Cottage (National Trust)
  • Enjoy a pint in The Ancient Mariner pub across the road from Coleridge Cottage (National Trust)
  • From Nether Stowey, head to Watchet to see The Ancient Mariner Statue at Watchet Harbour
  • Main photo: copy of the poem Kubla Khan in Coleridge Cottage (National Trust)

 

Where is Nether Stowey in relation to Exmoor National Park?

Nether Stowey is located on the eastern side of the Quantock Hills AONB which is to the east of Exmoor National Park.

 

Directions to Nether Stowey from Exmoor National Park

Follow the A39 out of Exmoor National Park past Minehead and Dunster to Williton and then the Quantock Hills AONB. The road cuts across the northern section of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and takes you to Nether Stowey.

We've positioned Nether Stowey on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

 

Why visit of holiday in the Nether Stowey area?

To help you choose the Nether Stowey area, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Coleridge Cottage (National Trust)

The Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in this cottage for three years at the end of the eighteenth century. It's a fascinating place and essential visiting if you're on holiday in the area.

'The villages and countryside around Nether Stowey are peppered with connections to Coleridge’s poetry, and that of his friend William Wordsworth, who also briefly moved to the area. Together, they began Lyrical Ballads, a collection of poetry which is considered by many to mark the beginning of the Romantic literary movement. With the freedom to walk, to write, and to socialise, Coleridge had the perfect conditions to produce some incredible poetry that still inspires people today.

‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, the dark tale about a doomed sailor who shot an albatross and was cursed by demons, is believed to be inspired by nearby Watchet harbour. ‘Kubla Khan’, the product of laudanum-soaked dreams, was famously interrupted by a “person from Porlock”, and ‘Frost at Midnight’ beautifully describes the interior of the Cottage in Nether Stowey on a cold winter’s night, with frost creeping patterns over the window pane. You can visit the room where Coleridge wrote this poem, and in the colder months see the fire flickering in the very same fireplace.' (Source: National Trust website)

If this is of interest, make sure you see The Ancient Mariner Statue in Watchet and walk a section of the Coleridge Way.

 

The Ancient Mariner pub

Great pub across the road from Coleridge Cottage (National Trust). There's parking out back.

 

The Coleridge Way

This long distance walking path runs between Coleridge Cottage on the edge of the Quantock Hills AONB and Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre on Exmoor.

 

Nether Stowey Castle

Remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle on the west side of the village.

 

Quantock Hill AONB

Nether Stowey is located by the eastern border of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Great walking country.

 

Beaches near Nether Stowey

Lilstock Beach. Pebble beach.

Kilve Beach. Rock beach.

East Quantoxhead Beach. Rock, pebble and sand beach.

St Audrie's Bay Beach. Big low tide rock, pebble and sand beach.

Doniford Beach. Rock and sand beach.

Helwell Bay Beach. Rock and sand beach to the east of Watchet Harbour.

Watchet West Street Beach. Rock and sand beach to the west of Watchet Harbour. Look out for the small, rectangular Victorian tidal pool!

The beaches at Watchet and east of Watchet are known for their fossils. They are part of the Blue Anchor to Lilstock Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

 

Blue Anchor to Lilstock Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

This stretch of coastline is a bit like the famous Dorset and East Devon Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site more commonly known as the Jurassic Coast. Great place to find fossils!

'Description and reasons for notification. An outstanding series of sections through the Lover Lias, spanning the Hettangian and Lover Pliensbachian Stages. This sequence and the good Rhaetian succession beneath are repeatedly affected by faulting, making many sections available in comparison to the same interval on the Glamorgan and Dorset casts. In a British context the Watchet coast is the thickest succession for this interval. This makes it of international significance, for Britain's Lias sequences are arguably the best in N.W. Europe. In addition it has been proposed that this coast be accepted as the standard for the base of the Hettangian Stage, and thus by definition the Jurassic as a whole. An internationally important stratigraphic locality.'  (Source: Natural England)

 

Watchet

Visit this super harbour town on the West Somerset coast between Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In addition to Watchet West Street Beach and Helwell Bay Beach, there are museums, coastal walks, the West Somerset Railway and a superb harbour and marina.

 

West Somerset Coast Path

The West Somerset Coast Path is a 25 mile long distance walking route that passes through Watchet. It's this area's version of Exmoor's South West Coast Path. Highly recommended.

'The West Somerset Coast Path runs from the hamlet of Steart to the coastal resort of Minehead and passes through the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Coast Path links the River Parrett Trail to the South West Coast Path National Trail. The path also joins the Coleridge Way and Quantock Greenway just south of the A39 near East Quantoxhead.' (Source: West Somerset Coast Path leaflet)

 

Daws Castle (English Heritage)

English Heritage property on the cliffs west of Watchet Harbour.

'The clifftop fortress of Daws Castle was founded by King Alfred to defend the people of Watchet against Viking attacks.' (Source: English Heritage website)

 

Cleeve Abbey (English Heritage)

Cistercian abbey by the east border of Exmoor. English Heritage state that Cleeve Abbey includes 'the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England'.

 

Dunster Castle (National Trust)

National Trust property located in the exquisite Dunster village near the eastern border of Exmoor National Park.

 

West Somerset Railway

Runs from the east border of Exmoor at Minehead and Dunster to Watchet and then Bishops Lydeard below the Quantock Hills. Super family attraction.

 

Dunster, Minehead and Exmoor National Park 

The wonderful village Dunster and the popular seaside resort Minehead are located west of Watchet. They are on the eastern border of Exmoor National Park.