Quite a large percentage of Coleridge Way walkers want to arrive, not by car, but using public transport – so how easy is it to get to the start of the walk?

Coleridge Way Public Transport

For the purpose of this blog I am assuming that those intrepid travellers will start from Nether Stowey. It feels natural to me, living in the village, and is the east-west route that the Companion Guide takes.

If arriving by train the two nearest stations are Bridgwater and Taunton. Both are well served from London and Bristol. Bridgwater is a smidgen nearer and has a better bus service although there is a 15 minute walk from the railway station to the bus station. Direct buses run every hour or so during the main part of the day, the last bus being half-past five (although catching the four-thirty might be safer). This is the 24 or 16 towards Watchet and Minehead and the journey is between an hour and hour and a half. Bridgwater – Nether Stowey timetable (to April 2016) – search for later timetables.

Buses from Taunton are fewer with the 23B being the last (and only direct bus) at around 4.50pm (Hatch Green). The alternative routes are either by Bridgwater or Watchet and rather scenic; but what the heck, you’re on holiday and have all the time in the world to explore!

Buses do not run on Sundays and on Saturdays there is a two hourly service from Bridgwater until 5.48pm but no direct bus from Taunton .

Of course, one of the highlights of the walk is visiting Coleridge Cottage. Therefore, a bus arriving before 4.00pm, Thursday to Monday (05.03.16 – 30.10.16) would be ideal.

As an alternative to the bus there are local taxis. A taxi from Taunton is £30 (they’ll start at £35/40 but bargain them down) and about the same or a bit less from Bridgwater. Quantock Taxis (Buller) is our local firm and they have a website at www.quantocktaxis.co.uk – tell Terry “Ian from The Old Cider House sent me and that he’d give you a good deal”! That will make him laugh.

Later in the spring I’ll be dealing with transport along the route – so keep an eye open and make sure you subscribe to the blog (top right) and share the information with your contacts.

Ian Pearson