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Wilderness Coast - Itinerary 1

Porlock Bay Oysters and the vast moorland of Exmoor National Park

Morning

Pack a picnic and say goodbye to the bustle of daily life as you set out from Minehead and into Exmoor National Park, a vast, protected landscape covering 267 square miles (692 square km) of moorland, forest and rocky coastal terrain. Drive (or book the Moor Rover service, or a taxi) for the 2.4-mile (3.9km) journey to Burgundy Chapel Combe car park and set out on the breathtaking 6.9-mile (11.2km) Brockholes circular walk. This adventurous trail skips along the coast with sweeping views across gorse and heather-covered slopes to Porlock in the valley below. This route reaches a high point at Selworthy Beacon - a good spot for a lunch stop - before linking back to the starting point.

Afternoon

Drop back down to sea level at Porlock Weir, a pretty seaside village surrounded by high hills (and 9.3 miles/15km westward by car or taxi). Grab a drink, then sit on the quayside and take in the scenery. Porlock and Porlock Weir have a range of accommodation options to rest your weary legs. While staying in the area, don’t miss the chance to sample Porlock Bay Oysters, which have recently been reintroduced to the bay. Considered by connoisseurs to be among the best in the world, you can sample the oysters at pubs and restaurants in and around Porlock.

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