16-10-26-wawWe are thrilled to announce that Nether Stowey and Over Stowey have been awarded Walkers are Welcome status. The Walkers are Welcome accreditation is part of a national network of towns and villages that offer a special welcome to walkers. There are now over 100 communities that are members around the country with six in Somerset.

For the past year Lynne and a dedicated band of volunteers have been working with Sedgemoor District Council, village businesses and local walking groups to set up the Stowey Walking scheme to encourage everyone in both Nether and Over Stowey to make a special effort to welcome those who enjoy walking in our fantastic Quantock Hills.

16-10-26-stowey-walkersWhether you are a weekend stroller or are looking to walk the 51 mile Coleridge Way from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth this accreditation means that you are guaranteed a friendly welcome from all those participating in the scheme; the B&Bs that can dry your clothes and store your muddy boots, the pubs with a roaring log fire and steaming hot meals and the village shops providing sandwiches and snacks for your day’s hike.

But really it’s all about the routes and Lynne had been out on the hills mapping the best walks in the Quantocks; from gentle strolls around the village to day long walks over the Quantocks to the villages on the other side of the hill – Crowcombe, Bicknoller and Triscombe. Some of the walks are themed; murders, marauding Danes and fossil beaches, some just take in the wonderful scenery overlooking the Bristol Channel to Wales.

The walks are open to all; some can even be undertaken by those with some mobility issues and dogs are always welcome here.

All we need now is people to walk the paths – so over to you and we look forward to seeing you whether it’s winter, spring, autumn or winter – the Quantocks are lovely all year round and remember, walkers are welcome!