THE HEART OF EXMOOR
Dotted with picturesque villages and surrounded by the heather-clad hills of Exmoor, Porlock Vale offers fantastic walking opportunities and activities yet is also the perfect place to take it easy with idyllic self-catering cottages and delightful B&Bs and hotels. The Vale offers pubs, tearooms, restaurants, cafes and a wealth of shops, making it an ideal base for exploring all that Exmoor has to offer.
Porlock Vale encompasses
- Idyllic National Trust villages
- The slopes of Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor
- A stunning sea marsh, designated an SSSI
- Part of the 630-mile South West Coast Path
- The Coleridge Way Walk, a 51-mile walk across Exmoor
- Culbone Church, the smallest parish church in England
- Europe’s first designated international Dark Skies Reserve
PLACES TO VISIT IN THE PICTURESQUE VALE
Whatever the season, you’ll always find a warm welcome in the thriving village of Porlock. After a hard day’s exploring, pick up a unique gift from one of its many craft shops before following in the footsteps of Coleridge and Southey by relaxing in one of the friendly pubs.
A beautiful village, untouched by time, Bossington features lime-washed cottages with traditional tall chimneys and bread ovens. The National Trust car park includes a picnic and barbecue site, and provides access to the pebbled seashore via a woodland walk.
Set in a wooded glade with a clear stream cascading through the valley, Horner offers camping, pony trekking and, throughout the seasons, some of the most captivating walks in the area. And, of course, delicious cream teas – a Porlock Vale speciality.
For hundreds of years, Porlock Weir has been a familiar port for sailors and fishermen. Today, it still offers a reassuring welcome and is a picturesque location for a spot of crabbing, fishing or for a stroll along the pebble beach.
Allerford is the perfect place to meander with its medieval packhorse bridge, an award-winning country hotel and a renowned blacksmith’s forge as well as a wealth of walks in the woods and hillside above the village.
For lovers of old England at it most enchanting, Selworthy is a picture postcard village of thatched cottages and is well known for its whitewashed church that affords stunning views across to Dunkery Beacon.
Protected by the National Trust as part of the Holnicote Estate, Luccombe is the perfect thatched village. With its unhurried pace of life, it’s easy to imagine the area’s long history, which stretches back to the Domesday Book.
Often visited by walkers on the Celtic Way (Exmoor option) and the Macmillan Way, Wooton Courtenay nestles at the base of Exmoor’s highest point, Dunkery Beacon, making an ideal location for walkers and riders.
A walk to Culbone Church from Porlock or Porlock Weir is one of the most popular and rewarding ways to spend a day in the area. More than 1100 years old, the tiny church remains the focus of this remote community.
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