From the Archives: We’re in The Guardian Newspaper


We are very proud to have been featured in The Guardian Newspaper back in 2016, Our humble village and pub hasn’t changed much in the last 500 years, let alone the last 3.

“Pull on your boots and enjoy the countryside in all its autumn glory. Ten of Britain’s best nature writers reveal their favourite routes – and where they like to refuel on the way”.

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The Guardian: 20 great pub walks, chosen by nature writers

Length: 8 miles
Time: 5 hours
Start/finish: In woods just past Bartlett Farm, Adscombe Lane (Google map/OS Explorer 140)
Grade: Moderate
Refuel: The Carew Arms, Crowcombe

A walk over the top of the Quantocks in west Somerset from Over Stowey or nearby Adscombe to Crowcombe takes you from oak woodland up across a hog’s back of moorland and down again to the shelter of trees. The path is obvious so you shouldn’t get lost.

Linger, on your way up, between the silver of the many streams and the salad-green tree canopy, and feel yourself in a temperate rainforest. From the top, the moor gives great views across the tea-brown non-sea of the Bristol Channel. On wind-scoured autumn days, the Welsh hills on the far side seem at the tip of your fingers. Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner took shape in his mind as he walked these paths and scanned the prospects.

Night walking, which he did with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, can be beautiful here, too. Pick a moonshiny night and time your walk to allow for rest and recuperation at the Carew Arms in Crowcombe before retracing your steps. The bar has a stone-age feel, with an open fire and a great flagged floor. Daytime walkers find a welcome, too. It is exhilarating to have crossed the whole of a lowland mountain and celebratory eating and drinking can follow. The butternut squash lasagne (£9.50) is a hit.TD

Photo credit: Alamy: Content credit: TD @The Guardian Newspaper in 2016