Porlock

Porlock

Porlock village sits in the wide and fertile Porlock Vale.

Porlock village sits in the wide and fertile Porlock Vale, a little inland from Porlock salt marsh and the shingle ridge. The High Street meanders through the village with a wide range of quality independent shops. The medieval church of St Dubricius sits in the centre of the village.

Porlock has long been famous for its steep 1:4 Porlock Hill, which the main road takes towards Lynmouth. It is one of the steepest hills on any main road in England and used to cause real problems for old cars and their drivers. For those who would rather not take this very steep hill, there is the pretty toll road which winds its way less severely to the top of the hill. Once up there the views are among the best on Exmoor.

Things to Do

Porlock Vale encompasses Porlock village and the surrounding villages of Porlock Weir, West Porlock, Luccombe, Wootton Courtenay, Bossington, Horner, Allerford, Tivington, Selworthy and Culbone. Exmoor is a walkers paradice with so many beautiful walks around all of the villages and also being so close to the sea, it is the perfect place for active people as well as those looking for a relaxing holiday. 
 
Porlock Vale encompasses a stunning sea marsh, designated an SSSI. It is part of the 630-mile South West Coast Path and The Coleridge Way Walk, a 51-mile walk across Exmoor.
 
Mountain biking on Exmoor offers some of the best trails, with its hilly climbs and steep descents. A vast network of bridleways across Exmoor offer riders superb horse riding while thrill seekers can try kayaking, paddle boarding, coasteering, mountain climbing or abseiling. Photographers can capture stunning wildlife including Exmoor ponies, red deer and Highland cattle, while landscape photographers will be blown away by the Exmoor scenery.
 
Make sure you stop by and visit, Dovery Manor Museum, Greencombe Gardens and the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
 

Local Food & Drink

There are lots of fabulous places to eat in and around Porlock! Discover delicious cream teas and homemade cakes or find a savoury delight in one of the many tea shops. Settle in for a pint or glass of wine and a home-cooked meal at a pub with a cosy fire in the winter and beer garden to soak up the sun in the summer. There are takeaway options day and night too if you prefer to pack up a picnic for the day or dine in at night.

Accommodation 

You'll find a fantastic variety of accommodation providers from campsites, B&B’s and boutique hotels.

Shops

Porlock has a wide range of wonderful independent shops to explore. Find gifts for the home and garden, fantastic local art and handmade craft. To tempt your tastebuds, discover jams, chutneys and honey produced in Somerset, the finest cheeses, fresh local meats, as well as sweet treats such as locally produced fudge, chocolate and biscuits.

Tourist Information

Porlock Visitor Centre

West End, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8QD

Tel: 01643 863150

email: visit@porlock.co.uk

 

Photo credits: Chris Gladstone (Exmoor Ponies) and Deborah Stanyon (Porlock Vale and Porlock Bay). 

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