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Porlock Bay  Somerset
 

PORLOCK is in Somerset. The Vale of Porlock, fit natural 6,000-year-old shingle ridge which geologists believe was formed with the rise in sea levels at the end of the last ice age. The South West Coastal Footpath runs close by. In every direction there are wonderful walks from Porlock.
Ever since the early days of motoring Porlock has enjoyed a unique place in the history of motor sport. The Lands End Trial, which started around dawn in London, passed through Porlock at breakfast time and for some Porlock Hill— 5.6 kilometres (3˝ miles) long and as steep as 1 in 4 (25%) in places, was as far as they got. Even now, the annual Lands End to John O’Groats run comes through Porlock in December. Once or twice a year the scenic Toll Road is used as a Rally Special Stage, and in summer there is an invitation Hill Climb which each year raises a large sum for local and national charities.

The pretty little port of Porlock Weir, two and a half kilometres to the west, occupies the last sheltered low ground before the county boundary •with Devon, where the great massive shield of rock that forms the main part of Exmoor tumbles in wooded cliffs towards the Bristol Channel

Bus services to Porlock and Porlock Weir link with the West Somerset Railway at Minehead and nearby villages, and in several farms and riding establishments visitors can arrange to see Porlock and the surrounding nearby moorland from horseback. Never mind if you don’t like riding for many people walking is the very best way of all for getting to know Porlock. Porlock Bay is surrounded by fine wooded cliff scenery. The pretty little village of Porlock Weir lies at the western side there is a small but busy harbour which was once used by coasters carrying timber to South Wales in exchange for coal. Porlock is enclosed on three sides by towering hills; on the seaward side it is bounded by the Marsh, confined by a broad crescent of grey shingle. 

Porlock retains its old world charm and character with narrow winding streets, thatched roofs and tall rounded chimneys on sturdy square bases. The church of St.Dubricius, is at the centre of the village, dating from the 13th century.

Porlock Weir beach

There is a large level car park just beside the  wide beach with gentle shelving shingle

 
Porlock Bay
 
 
Local towns and villages to visit..
Bridgewater
Cheddar
Dunster
Exmoor
Ilfracombe
Glastonbury
Minehead
Street
Taunton
Watchet
Wellington
Western-Super-Mare
Yeovil
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Sea fishing at Lynmouth, Porlock Weir and Minehead. Freshwater fishing in Exmoor streams  on the River Exe at Exford and Dulverton and on the Lyn at Lynmouth.
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