Total steps: 12
Total steps: 12
Public car park in Nether Stowey, grid ref: ST191397.
From the library car park, turn left down Castle Street and left again opposite the George Hotel and clock tower. Head up Lime Street towards Coleridge Cottage.
From the cottage, carry on uphill and turn left into Mill Lane before the A39 traffic lights. Go past Coleridge Road on your left.
Bear left along Mill Lane at the end of the village, avoiding Jackson's Lane, Hack Lane and two left turns back into the village.
Before reaching the line of tall ash and poplars on the right, turn right along the Coleridge Way, following a bridleway. Initially lined by tall hollies, the path soon tunnels beneath ash and maple, in a sunken lane section. The way then divides – you can splash along the shallow gravel-lined stream, or take the dry higher route; either return you to a drier path.
At the crossroads, turn right to take the track uphill. At the top of the hill, by the fingerpost, follow the Coleridge Way/Quantock Greenway along the edge of a field. The path leaves the field in the top corner, above the old stone quarry.
At the corner of the lane at Walfords Gibbet, go straight up the lane that runs along the crest of a steep wooded slope on your left.
As the road climbs uphill, turn right along the Coleridge Way/Quantock Greenway, following a sunken track that is often both stony and muddy. In wet weather it's easier to walk through the woodland above and to the left.
At the highest point of this sunken muddy track, turn left up a minor, unmarked path that runs straight uphill below twisted oaks. This leads to a minor crossroads – turn right here, uphill again. The path leads you up to the ramparts of Dowsborough Castle, an ancient hill fort.
Bear right down the slope after a grassy glade at the end of the Dowsborough ramparts. The trees clear to offer views over the heathland of the northern Quantocks. Alfoxton (Wordsworth's house) lies on the other side of the wooded crest. Follow the stony track down through the heathland and turn right at the minor crossways, marked by a fingerpost.
As the wood begins, follow the track which rejoins the sunken path. Carry straight on this path until you return to the road. At the road, turn left and go downhill for about 130yd (120m). At the gate on your left, cross directly over the road to pick up a minor path that begins by a holly bush. This path then runs straight downhill into the bottom of Bin Combe valley.
At the bottom of the steep slope back into Bin Combe, turn left and follow the often sunken track back out of Bin Combe, through a bridle gate, past the cross rides by the cottage, past the stream path section, to the road on the outskirts of Stowey.
Back on the road, turn left and then first right by a thatched white cottage with a little orchard. Follow this uphill, diverting if you wish to see the old motte and bailey mound on your left by the 30mph sign. Then follow the road back down into Stowey car park.
Nether Stowey car park, grid ref: ST191397; or Coleridge Cottage, grid ref: ST191399.
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