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What To Do In and Around Porlock Weir

What To Do In and Around Porlock Weir
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A Coastal Walk

The South West Coastal Path starts in nearby Minehead passes through Porlock Weir offering great walks in either direction. Head east around Porlock Bay with its unique combination of shingle beach and saltmarsh teeming with wildlife, which has seen it classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The large shingle ridge usually protects the marshes behind it from the worst of the winter storms but was breached in 1996, transforming the previously freshwater marshes into their current saline form and leaving behind the eerie skeletons of dead trees. Climb the cliffs at Hurlstone Point at the other end of the bay for sweeping views across Bristol Channel.

Walking west towards the beautiful village of Lynmouth, sitting in its dramatic river gorge, you walk over a rugged rocky coastline of undulating moorland towards Countisbury and Foreland Point. The route between Porlock Weir and Lynmouth offers amazing vantage points inland across Exmoor as well as across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh hills beyond. You can opt for more sheltered woodland walks near the shore or head up onto the moors a little to enjoy the windswept openness.

Porlock Village

An easy two-mile walk from Porlock Weir is the lovely village of Porlock with its impressive array of independent shops, complete with a butcher, cheesemonger and deli, post office, pharmacy and a handful of tempting pubs and cafés. Take a stroll to Porlock and meander about admiring its quaint historic buildings, browse its gallery, antiques and local craft shops before settling down to a cream tea at one of its welcoming tea rooms. During the summer months, you could also dip into the volunteer-run Doverhay Manor Museum, also known as Porlock Museum, to learn about the history of the village and surrounding area.

Greencombe Gardens

Just a half-hour walk from Porlock Weir is the intimate and verdantly beautiful Greencombe Gardens, a 3.5 acre terraced strip nestled among the wooded coastal slopes teeming with rare plants. The extraordinary organic gardens were first created in 1946 by Horace Stroud then further developed, nurtured and protected by Joan Lorraine for 50 years until her death in 2016 when they passed into the care of her nephew.

With its moss covered woodland paths and abundance of ferns and ornamental plants growing beneath the canopy of oaks, hollies, chestnuts and conifers, Greencombe has a natural appearance but its many rare plants have all been carefully planted and tended with the help of between 25 and 30 tonnes of home produced compost and leaf-mould each year. Key attractions include a champion English holly tree, which is the largest and oldest in the UK and a Green Room which holds the garden records and paintings by Exmoor artist, Jon Hurford. Greencombe is an inspiration to expert gardeners and amateurs alike.

Exmoor Adventures

Head down to this hub of all things outdoor and active and hire a mountain bike for just £25 per day to explore the nearby Exmoor hills – or if you think your fitness might not be up to the test you could opt for some assistance on the uphill stretches with their E-mountain bikes. Within cycling distance of Porlock Weir is Porlock Hill, County Hill, Horner Woods and Dunkery Beacon – the highest point on Exmoor, standing at 519 metres above sea level, with incredible 360-degree views for miles across the rambling patchwork countryside of Devon and Somerset.

If cycling doesn’t tickle your fancy, they can also take you paddleboarding or kayaking in Porlock Bay from where you can get a new perspective on the amazing coastline, or test your nerves rock climbing in the nearby Valley of Rocks. Exmoor Adventures also offers more unusual pursuits such as archery, coasteering and tree climbing among its broad range of activities, so there’s bound to be something that appeals to everyone.

Porlock Weir Boat Shed Museum

Delve into the history of Porlock Weir from its 13th-century beginnings with a quick visit to this small museum packed with information and artefacts collated by local fisherman, photographer and historian, Derek Purvis. It is an extraordinarily eclectic collection exploring the tiny port’s past as a trade route for corn, flour, bark for tanning, bricks and oysters. It also provides an insight into the ongoing battle with nature to keep the tidal harbour navigable with annual sluicing carried out to maintain the channel. If you are a real history nut and want to learn even more about the local area’s past head down the road to the Doveray Manor Museum and The Allerford Rural Life Museum.

Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

Test out your falconry skills, flying owls and hawks back to your gloved hand during a visit to the Exmoor Owl and Hark Centre at West Lynch Farm. You can also watch one of the impressive hour and a half long flying displays which run four days a week throughout the summer. During the display, you will learn about the behaviour, training and personalities of the birds while watching them soaring through the skies.

Once you’ve exhausted all there is to see of the birds of prey, you can head out for a ride across some of the surrounding moorland while kids of six plus can enjoy a lead pony ride to Bossington and back on Tom, a Clydesdale, Rosie, a Welsh cob or Ryan, the Appaloosa.

Visitors can also explore the gardens around the 15th-century property before settling in the lovely tea gardens to enjoy an Exmoor cream tea. The Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre can keep the whole family entertained all day.

What our guests say...

"A Fantastic Find" - Lorraine via

Stylish make-over, good staff, excellent food - breakfast was superb. We stumbled across the hotel by accident, a fantastic accident! Lovely little harbour with amazing views. The hotel was freshly made over, the staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. Wood fired pizzas freshly made on the patio. Would highly recommend. ...

"Just Like Home" - Justhadtosay via

Fabulous hotel which is hard to fault. As someone there said, you feel like the first person to use the room. Beautiful rooms and bathrooms and we had a view of the sea and bay which was just what we needed.We had a long walk one day which was such a tonic after working at home for so long. In our arrival back it was like getting home with a log fire, friendly welcome and home made cream tea.The staff...

"Dog Friendly Birthday Break" - Ardel R via

Lovely hotel with wonderful views over Porlock Weir, food was great and staff lovely, friendly and dog fans too. So a perfect break all round. We stayed in October and had a room with views out over the sea. We took our golden retriever with us and the place is very dog friendly with towels to clean their muddy feet if needed....

"Wonderful Two Nights Stay" - HolidaychicLondon via

We had room 4 looking out to the harbour. The room was spacious and attractively decorated. The breakfast were very nice, a very long wait the first morning though but not the second one - so all good. We had dinner there one evening which was delicious and great service and everything about the hotel is Covid friendly. The staff and guests all wear masks when moving around the hotel, there’...

"Wonderfully Spoiling, Relaxing Break" - Penny V via

We have been coming to this hotel for many years and have seen it through many reincarnations. We are so happy that the current management has taken this much-loved treasure over and given it such a wonderful new lease of life. We stayed for 3 days with our dog. The staff were absolutely delightful and went out of their way to ensure that we were all safe in a way that was so unobtrusive that we almost...

"Exceptional in Every Way!" - MJM48 via

From the moment we walked in we knew we had made the right choice - such a warm, friendly welcome. The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas and with the lovely open fires made us feel festive. Our room overlooking the harbour was absolutely lovely, spacious and spotlessly clean. The bed was very comfortable, shower excellent. We had dinner both nights of our stay, good quality ingredients...

"Hotel Top Of It's Game" - Nocky-1975 - via

Just spent 3 nights here in these difficult times we now live in. Faultless is the word I would use to describe Porlock Weir Hotel from the time you book until the time you leave they can’t do enough to accommodate you. Under the leadership of Michell and Miquel the hotel is run impeccably from front of house to housekeeping nothing less than 10/10 and that’s before you get to dine where...

"Lovely Staycation Find" - Rob A via

Just spent 3 nights here in these difficult times we now live in. Faultless is the word I would use to describe Porlock Weir Hotel from the time you book until the time you leave they can’t do enough to accommodate you. Under the leadership of Michell and Miquel the hotel is run impeccably from front of house to housekeeping nothing less than 10/10 and that’s before you get to dine where...

"A Peaceful Relaxing Place to Chill Out" - Joanna via

Stunning, peaceful setting alongside a quaint little harbour and pebble beach. The secluded hamlet down country lanes offered a couple of shops and a good pub next door. The small hotel did not disappoint! Undergoing extensive refurbishment, the overall ambiance was stylish but relaxed with a modern twist on traditional. The completed bedrooms were relaxing and comfortable and our bed provided a ...
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