This year Ian Enters and I held two guided walks, recreating the Nether Stowey that Samuel Taylor Coleridge knew when he lived here between 1797 and 1799. The walk was one of three that we arranged as part of the celebrations commemorating the publication of Kubla Khan in 1816. The walk included insights into the village as it was in 1797, with readings from both Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
It was here in Stowey that Coleridge wrote his most famous poems, including The Ancient Mariner, Frost at Midnight and This Lime-tree Bower my Prison. The short stay in Stowey was probably the happiest and most fulfilling part of Coleridge’s life.
I have created a 12-page booklet of the walk which I presented at the Stowey Walkers are Welcome launch yesterday. Reaction has been positive, and I am hoping to make it available to everyone as a free downloadable PDF. However, it has also been suggested that we might be able to sell it as a printed booklet through local outlets. I am sourcing print quotes at the moment.