Welcome to Porlock
Porlock, Exmoor National Park

Porlock Bay

Porlock Bay

The Exmoor Coastline stretches some 30 miles between Minehead at it's eastern end and Combe Martin to the west. For most of this distance the coastline is formed mainly of cliffs but at Porlock the land flattens out and a unique mile long shingle ridge and an inland salt marsh have formed.

Porlock Beach towards BossingtonThis marsh and shingle ridge, are only a short distance from the centre of Porlock, and are easily accessible for walkers on well marked footpaths.

Towards the Bossington end of the ridge, there is a very interesting old lime kiln, and also Pillboxes, built during the second world war.

On the Porlock part of the marsh there is another relic of the second world war, a memorial stone to commemorate the American airman killed when a B24D liberator bomber crashed here on 29th October 1942.

Further west again towards Porlock Weir, the ridge was breached in October 1996 by a very high tide coupled with gale force north westerly winds. This has caused a tidal lagoon to form on part of the salt marsh.

For the bird watcher this is a very interesting site as a great variety of waders and wildfowl can be seen here in the winter.
It is also a good place to see the occasional unusual bird passing through. Little Egrets, Spoonbill, Hen and Marsh Harrier, Osprey and Snow Buntings to name but a few.

On the shingle ridge itself it seems impossible that anything could grow there but some plants flourish including the everlasting pea and the yellow horned poppy. On the seaward side of the ridge there are some quite fascinating rock pools.

So don't drive the car, put on your wellies (its muddy sometimes) and take a stroll down to Porlock Marsh - you won't regret it.

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