A wet weather walk in the Quantocks.Carew Arms

The Quantocks are perfect for walking any time of the year, but on occasion, after heavy rain, some of the paths are a tad … soggy. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t go walking and we’ve been researching four walks, using county lanes and B roads to get out this winter AND all of the walks have been to pubs!

Over the Christmas holidays we walked over to Holford, to the Plough (see page 8 of our walk booklet – please note buses are not as stated) and this weekend we walked over to Crowcombe and the Carew Arms on the other side of the hills.

Crowcombe is just over four miles away and on the main arterial route over the Quantocks. It is by no means an easy walk with a long and winding ascent out of Nether Stowey and a very steep climb on the way back. However, the whole walk is no more than three to four hours and there’s the bonus of a pub in the middle.

Winter Walk in the QuantocksThe Carew Arms is an ancient pub in an even more ancient village with Alfred the Great’s father mentioning it in 854. The present name comes from the Carew family who became lords of the manor in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. it was a Carew that captained the Mary Rose when it sank in the Solent. Today the pub still retains its olde-worlde charm and the front bar has changed little over the centuries.


From The Old Cider House, turn right up Castle Street/Hill and down the other side. At the T junction turn left and follow the road uphill until Bincombe Cross. Here bear right and continue straight ahead at the crossing of roads to head uphill into the Quantocks. Continue for two miles, over the Quantocks and then descend steeply down Crowcombe Hill. At the village, turn right and after 400 yards the pub is on the left. Retrace your steps for the return journey.

Please take care and watch out for cars as this is the main route over the Quantock Hills.

Enjoy your wet weather walk in the Quantocks and have a pint for us!