The Quantocks are a walker’s paradise, offering deep, wooded coombes which open out on to green and grassy glades and finally on to the hills, where wide open views stretch across the sea to south Wales. Valley sides smothered with foxgloves, rhododendrons and ferns reach down to the streams which twist and turn below, all canopied by the majestic beeches for which the Quantocks are renowned. Observant walkers may spot red deer sheltering beneath their boughs, or be lucky enough to see wood warblers, woodpeckers, pied flycatchers or nightjars.
The inspiration of the Quantocks to the poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, is evident all around and walkers can follow in their footsteps, along the official Coleridge Way, which runs just behind Pardlestone Farm. Close to both the sea and Exmoor, the Quantocks also link to the South West Coast Path and the Two Moors Way or walkers may prefer to plan their own routes, stopping the see the landmarks which inspired the great poets.