Porlock village, Somerset
Porlock is a coastal village in West Somerset. It lies in a cleft on the northern edge of Exmoor about 5 miles west of Minehead. The village and surrounding parish has a population of about 1,500 people. East of the village is Bury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort, and in the Domesday Book of 1086, the village is recorded as 'Portloc'. The area has links with several Romantic poets, and R. D. Blackmore, the author of Lorna Doone, and is popular with visitors. The visitor centre with exhibits and displays about the local area. The village adjoins the Porlock Ridge and Saltmarsh nature reserve, created from the lowland behind a high shingle embankment which was breached by the sea in the 1990s, which has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Copses of white dead trees remind the visitor of when this was fresh water pasture. The South West Coast Path goes through Porlock, many walkers stopping rather than continuing the long walk to Lynton. There is also a 'Coleridge Way' walk. Another interesting diversion is to Culbone Church. It is said to be the smallest church in England, with the main structure dating from the 12th century. Services are still held there, despite the lack of road access — it is a two-mile walk from Porlock Weir, and some 3-4 miles from Porlock itself. A toll road bypasses the 1 in 4 gradient on Porlock Hill. There is also an ancient stone circle on the hill. At low tide the remains of a submerged forest can be seen on Porlock Beach. The area was several miles inland until the sea level in the Bristol Channel rose about 7000 to 8000 years ago.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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