Quantock Hills Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays details of Quantock Hills guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
A narrow, gently curving 19-km ridge, the Quantock Hills (also “The Quantocks”) run north west from the Vale of Taunton Deane to the Bristol Channel coast. Standing out above the agricultural plain, the ridge looks far more imposing than its actual height of 245 to 275m and is famous for its views that, by repute, stretch over nine counties.
For so small an area, the landscape shows immense variety and on its heights, a surprising air of solitude and wildness. Underlying rocks range from the Hangman Grits of the hilltops to undulating shales and the distinctive new red sandstone of the West Country. The heathland and sessile oak woodlands of the AONB are nationally important wildlife habitats, notably rich in species. Much of southern Britain’s heathland has vanished or survives as fragments, making the AONB’s extensive heaths particularly valuable. Native red deer still roam the Quantock Hills.
Quantock Hills guidebooks
“The fifteen circular walks in this book, ranging between 3 to 6 miles, takes you through the beautiful scenery of Exmoor and The Quantocks and then guides you to a good country pub, recommended for its food and hospitality. The book’s handy size fits neatly into a pocket and, in addition to the clear, numbered route instructions, each walk section also includes a matching numbered map, details of distance and terrain, information on how to get to the start, places of interest along the way and a recommended pub serving good food. Full colour throughout.”
– Pocket Pub Walks Exmoor & The Quantocks
“Quantocks means `the headland of the waters.’ The headland in this case is a ridge of hills running for twelve miles between Taunton and the Severn Estuary.Although never more than four miles wide and sandwiched between the Somerset Levels and the Vale of Taunton Deane, they rise to over twelve hundred feet (the highest point being Wills Neck) and afford sweeping views over much of Somerset.
The hills offer great variety for the walker: with ancient trackways over a gently-rolling summit of heath running down to deep shady combes and picture postcard villages of rich red stone.
Coleridge and Wordsworth both made the area briefly their home. Wordsworth envied the way Coleridge’s mind had become `habituated to the vast’ and both enjoyed almost daily walks in all weathers to see the endless views and vast skyscapes. All this in what has been described as a `pocket-edition’ range of hills, much suited to this pocket-sized hardback book. In it writer and photographer Brian Pearce describes ten circular walks. All are `leisure walks’ – ideal for families and groups of friends, moderate in both length and difficulty and with opportunities to stop for refreshments, take in the views and, like the poets, be inspired by the scenery.On each page photographs entice the visitor to explore and then hold on to the book as a souvenir of a gem of the English countryside.”
– A Boot Up The Quantocks: 10 Leisure Walks of Discovery, by Brian Pearce.
Quantock Hills Maps
The Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ map is available in standard quality (shown) as well as the all-weather type.