Porlock Travel Guide

  • Porlock
    by johngayton
  • Porlock
    by johngayton
  • Porlock High Street
    Porlock High Street
    by johngayton

Porlock Things to Do

  • Porlock's Three Pubs

    I was tempted to write three separate reviews, one for each of the pubs, but I sortof like the holistic relationship ("ship" - HA!) that the trio offer and so am running them together under one banner.The holy (or unholy depending on your viewpoint) triumvirate are (in west to east order): the Ship, the Castle and the Royal Oak and in east to west...

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  • Avoiding Porlock Hill - The Toll Road

    The original toll road was built sometime around the mid 1800's and was probably not much more than a dirt track in those days giving access to the immediate area below Porlock Hill. Because it wound its way gently up the hill, taking four and a half miles to rise the 1300 feet to the summit at Pitt Combe Head, it wasn't any use as a shortcut and...

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  • If You Want A Guided Exmoor Tour

    By far the best way to enjoy Exmoor is on foot but with 267 square miles of diverse landscapes ranging from undulating moorland to dramatic cliff faces it does take a bit of time to explore everythingHere in Porlock the small local business Discovery Safaris offers a variety of seven-seat Land Rover excursions which take in different features of...

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  • Finding Your Way Around

    This is quite a small village with pretty much everything on, or just off, the High Street and there are helpful maps strategically located showing where everything is. As well as the maps the main things of interest are signposted and if you want to explore the area the various public footpaths and bridleways are also clearly signed.

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  • If Cars Are Your Thing

    Even though this is something that doesn't particularly interest me the Exmoor Classic Car collection based in the former Doverhay Garage is certainly eye-catching. This is the private collection of vintage motor vehicles and memorabilia amassed over the course of the last 50 years by a guy called Stephen Johns.The 20 or so cars and motor cycles on...

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  • Exmoor

    Porlock is an Exmoor village. Drive or hike up the hill and you see the vastness of Exmoor. You could also arrange Pony rides with the tourist office.

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  • Bristol channel

    From the Exmoor above Porlock you get lovely views on the Bristol channel and Porlock. Porlock itself doesn't lie directly on the channel but you could drive there or walk the few kilometers.

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  • Dovery Manor Museum

    This beautiful manor contains a museum where you may see things from the past. I couldn't find the opening times online, so please check with the tourist office.

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  • St. Dubricius Anglian Church

    This church was first built in the 13th century and later reconstructed in the 15th century. Prior to that there was already a church. For more information check on the website below.

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  • Not moving from my bed!

    These are the wonderful views from my bedroom window!Exmoor one way- the sea the other and beautiful little cottages in between.This shows how close my friend's house is to Exmoor!Bliss.We could see deer wandering around on the hill as well as the odd sheep., early in the morning and at dusk.

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  • Watchet

    This is a delightful little place- with yet another steam train station! It takes passengers along the coast to Minehead.The poet Coleridge lived here whilst writing his "Rime of the Ancient Mariner."Picture below of a statue of the Mariner with his Albatross.Along the harbourside there are stalls selling fruit and veg as well as a dear little...

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  • Watchet

    A fascinating little harbour and marina.Coleridge lived here while he wrote the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.The statue below is of him and his albatross!There's yet another steam train station, taking passengers on a short trip into Minehead.On the harbourside is a stall selling fruit and veg and further along a dear little publiv library!What a...

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Porlock Hotels

  • Lorna Doone Hotel

    High Street, Porlock, TA24 8PS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Porlock Restaurants

  • Great Pub - Naff Fishcakes

    This is both visually and atmospherically a cracking pub. On a warm early summer lunchtime even though most of the customers were visitors it still had a great local feel to it. Staff were friendly, service swift and the location with its outside terrace overlooking the harbour was perfect for an al fresco lunch after walking the footpath from...

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  • Only go if you like to be ignored !

    Awful ! Visited in August 2011; the two ladies on duty saw us arrive (one nearlky walked into me as I mounted some internal steps). My wife, 10-year old son and I sat down and waited for a full 20 minutes without even being acknowledged. One of the ladies waiting on came out of the kitchen to address a family sitting opposite us and enquire if...

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Porlock Transportation

  • One Of The UK's Most Spectacular Bus...

    During the summer months Porlock is served by the open-topped Quantock #300 bus service between Lynmouth and Minehead. Between Lynmouth and Porlock the route follows the coast with spectacular views both seawards (effectively from the clifftop) and landwards over the undulating scenery of Exmoor.Services run roughly every two hours and the journey...

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  • The Hill

    Porlock Hill is on the A39, when leaving the village there are two options; go up this monstor or take the toll road. We went the hard way (our car was full of camping gear, two passengers and not very good gears. We were going up it in 1st; 1,300 ft (400 m) in less than 2 miles (3.2 km) up onto Exmoor: a very steep hill with gradients of up to 1...

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  • Great coach journey from London to...

    I was told about a coach company that goes to and from Taunton each day, picking up at the London end, at Hammersmith.It's so handy.You don't need to treck up to central London, if you're travelling from the suburbs.It leaves at 3.00 p.m., 6.45p.m. and 9.00 p.m. from Hammersmith bus station, Bay E.My return fare was 9.50GBP, travelling with a...

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Porlock Shopping

  • Somerset's Last Real Butcher...

    ...on the A39 westwards!This is a proper, friendly, local butchers which stocks pretty much only local produce. In addition to everything you could want regarding fresh meat they also make their own pies and much more.

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  • Much More Than Just Postcard Stamps

    As I mentioned in my introduction the only "brand name" I noticed in the village was that of the Post Office but that belies the fact that this is a Post Office with a difference. As well as being a proper Post Office, with a full range of services, the shop doubles as "The Exmoor Rambler" and stocks a wide range of outdoor clothing and footwear...

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  • Coffee? In Somerset?

    This is a tip for the factory shop, where they roast and grind the coffee. I was surprised to see, let alone smell, when coming from the main village car park to the high street a coffee roasters!Walking in to the shop, which was an old stable, was heaven, with a heady scent of coffee and a lady grinding beans for a customer. I bought a pack,...

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Porlock Local Customs

  • When You Hear The Bells

    About 5 pm every evening except Sundays you'll hearing the ringing of handbells and the honking of hooters in the High Street. This isn't an emergency evacuation warning but simple a local custom of the shops to announce last orders before they close.I happened to be in the pub at the time and didn't get out fast enough to catch a pic of the event...

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  • The Visitor Centre

    The website claims that this is "unsurpassed as the friendliest and most helpful Visitor Centre in the South West" and yep I'll add my endorsement to that. Even though I didn't actually need any advice I did notice a little book sale in the porchway on my last visit and just happened to find a book that I'd been sortof looking for for ages. I think...

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  • The Village Centre

    Porlock's Parish Church is the Grade 1 listed Anglican St Dubricius. The building dates from the 13th century, although it was substantially rebuilt in the 19th, and is distinguished by its unusual hexagonal tower as well as its dedication to the Welsh saint. Not only is it the religous centre of the village the church also plays a strong role in...

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Porlock Warnings and Dangers

  • Narrow roads

    Around Exmoor there are narrow winding roads. We had this tourist bus in front of us which had the speed of a snail. There was no way to overtake it. Also if you are prone to car sickness, make sure you sit in the front and take some mint chewing gum with you.

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  • Treacherous roads!

    The roads up into the valley are very narrow and bordered by high hedges.If another car is coming one has to stop in one of the frequently placed laybys to allow each other to pass.If a tractor comes- you're well and truly stuck!

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Porlock Off The Beaten Path

  • Porlock Weir Harbour

    The harbour at Porlock Weir dates from 1442 and its present-day incarnation is characterised by its inner and outer sections with the inner harbour protected from the high tides by a massive steel lock gate.In the 17th to 19th centuries this was quite a busy little port with limekilns, the mines at Luccombe and herring and oyster fishing but these...

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  • Porlock Weir Things To Do

    As well as being an attractive little harbour with postcard-suitable thatched cottages the Weir also has a clutch of art and craft shops, a maritime museum (The Boat Shed) and an aquarium. These can be found behind the harbour and if I remeber correctly the museum has no admission charges (although a charitable donation is appreciated) and the...

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  • The Petrified Forest

    On the walk between the village and Porlock Weir you'll pass this little petrified forest on the saltmarsh. About seven thousand years ago the land here was substantially more elevated but due to erosion and land shifting the tree trunks become semi-submerged at high tide. Whilst the saltwater has killed the trees it has also has acted as a...

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