THINGS TO DO
USEFUL LOCAL WEBSITES:
Porlock Visitor Centre maintained website containing details of many places of interest and a calendar of local events.
Community website for Porlock and the neighbouring villages.
Enjoy a great day out on the West Somerset Railway with a heritage steam train ride through 20 miles of Somerset coast and countryside.
Lynton and Barnstable Railway Trust, the last narrow gauge railway adventure.
Exmoor National Park has been designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe! Stargazing on Exmoor is an all year-round activity and there is always plenty to see on any clear night.
Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, Exmoor National Park is the ideal place to explore the outdoors on foot. With over 1000km of footpaths and bridleways, through woodlands, by tumbling rivers and on open heather covered moorland, the variety is vast. The following websites contain details of many walks in and around Porlock and the Exmoor National Park.
The South West Coast Path national trail is one of the top walks to be found anywhere in the world.
Walk in the footsteps of the Romantic Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 -1834) through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work.
Exmoor National Park contains an extraordinary variety of wildlife and habitats.
There are also a number of specialist wildlife safari companies that provide escorted tours of Exmoor in 4x4 vehicles:
PLACES OF INTEREST
Dunster Castle (5 miles) is owned by the National Trust and is well worth avisit, not only to see the castle, but also the gardens, park and the pretty medieval village.
Porlock Weir (1.5 miles) was once a small working harbour enclosed by lock gates. The shingle ridge, groynes and views across Porlock Bay to Hurlstone Point are much loved by artists and visitors alike.
Culbone (2 miles) sits deep in a shaded valley, famous for having the smallest parish church in England and for inspiring Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’. The Church is only accessible on foot.
Dunkery Beacon (3 miles) is the highest point on Exmoor at 1705 feet (519m) from where on a clear day up to 13 counties can be seen together with the Bristol Channel and Welsh mountains.
Bossington, Horner and Selworthy
Pretty villages and excellent cream teas!
Minehead (5 miles) has a sandy beach, a harbour, a variety of shops and the heritage West Somerset Railway.
Allerford (1.5 miles) is the home of:
- Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
- The Rural Life Museum & Victorian School Room
- Allerford Forge – Blacksmith’s gallery and experience days