Walking in the Exmoor National Park
Porlock’s surrounds contain everything for the walker, starting with the long shingle bank curving across the Bay. On one side it is bounded by rugged Hurlstone Point leading up to tall Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon, and on the other by the steep wooded hills overlooking the seas on the way to picturesque Culbone Church. Inland from the coast, there are wild sea marshes, followed by old fashioned farmland. From here it is only a short step to the steep sided wooded valleys of Horner Water, East Water and Hawkcombe, each with a rushing stream in its bottom, and beyond to the equally wild moorland tops crowned by Exmoor’s highest hill, Dunkery Beacon.
For a selection of interesting walks in and around the area of Porlock, visit www.geoffbannister.com/walks.html
Everywhere there are numerous footpaths well maintained and sign-posted by the National Trust and the National park, in fact so many that none of them are ever crowded. In addition walkers have a wide choice of excellent refreshment stops in Porlock itself and in most of the surrounding old attractive hamlets.
Start your walk from anywhere on Exmoor without using your car by using the Moor Rover Bus
Porlock is on the route of the Coleridge Way, a walk of 51 miles 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. View a video on the Coleridge Way website.
Nowhere in England is there a more perfect walking centre. Visiting walkers could spend at least one enjoyable week here without ever having to resort to public transport or the car.
A full range of illustrated guides to local walks, Ordinance Survey walking maps and information on Ranger led guided walks will be found at the Porlock Visitor Centre.