Alfoxden walk


Today was the last walk in our series of Coleridge-related walks. They are part of a programme of events to celebrate the publication of Kubla Khan in 1816. We will be adding accounts of each walk with photographs to the Friends of Coleridge website very soon.

On Saturday 12th November a small group of us explored Alfoxden and the country around Woodlands. The weather proved relatively kind in the end, with just a faint intermittent drizzle. But the heavy mist prevented the planned walk across the Quantock hills. Wordsworth’s old house looks even sadder and more delapidated. It is time something was done to rescue it.

Dorothy was a regular visitor to the house at Woodlands. She records in her Alfoxden Journal: “Gathered fir-apples. A thick fog came on. Walked to the baker’s and the shoemaker’s, and through the fields towards Woodlands. On our return, found Tom Poole in the parlour. He drank tea with us.”

About Terence Sackett

I am a writer and designer. I live in Nether Stowey, which is on the borders of the Quantock hills. I am a committee member of the Friends of Coleridge, and wrote and designed the booklet/visitor guide for the National Trust’s Coleridge Cottage. I look after the website for the Friends ( My novel about Siamese twins titled ‘Riven is now on Kindle. It can be read with a free downloaded Kindle app for an iPad, smartphone, tablet, or computer. The book is available from Amazon. What’s it about? Brief blurb below: It is the story of the Victorian painter Thomas Tait Genoa and his desperate flight through the West Country to save his conjoined twin daughters from the surgeon’s knife. This was before the era of anaesthetics. A 5-start bAmazon review: 'A masterpiece, truly deserving of the five star rating I have given it. The very human experience described so eloquently could not fail to tug at the heart of any parent who has ever gazed on a poorly child in the dark hours of the night and anguished over what to do for the best. This novel might be set in a very particular time and space but the heartfelt emotions of the protagonists are timeless, I have no hesitation in recommending this wonderful work to anyone who has a heart.
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