Porlock Weir, Exmoor National Park

Porlock Weir, Exmoor National Park

A favourite Exmoor destination on the coastline of Porlock Bay. Celebrated beauty spot with amazing views

Situated on the western side of Porlock Bay, Porlock Weir is special. Great place for views, coastal walking and food and drink. Villages such as Porlock, Bossington and Selworthy are all easily accessible if you base yourself here.

 

Best things to do in Porlock Weir

To help you choose Porlock Weir, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Beauty spots and views

The view across Porlock Bay from Porlock Weir is superb.

Also Porlock Bay from the flank of Bossington Hill. Bossington Hill rises east of Porlock Bay. Follow the South West Coast Path from the pretty village Bossington to the flank of the hill. (There are many other paths from Bossington and Allerford. Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL9 'Exmoor' map for detail.)

 

Beaches

Porlock Beach. Rock and pebble. Porlock Beach is the west section of the famous pebble ridge (or shingle ridge) at Porlock Bay. Park at Porlock Weir and wander across. Alternatively, walk in from Porlock. Again, consult the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL9 Exmoor map for detail.

Bossington Beach. Rock and pebble. Bossington Beach is the east section of the famous pebble ridge (or shingle ridge) at Porlock Bay. Park at Bossington and follow the path to the coast. Alternatively, walk in from Porlock. Consult the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL9 Exmoor map for detail.

 

Coastal walking

Walk the South West Coast Path east to Bossington and Bossington Hill.

Follow the South West Coast Path west to Lynmouth.

 

Inland walking

Coleridge Way. Runs between Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre on Exmoor and Coleridge Cottage on the edge of the Quantock Hills AONB.

 

Food and drink

The Bottom Ship Inn at Porlock Weir. Coastal pub overlooking Porlock Bay. Great access to the beach and sea. The South West Coast Path runs past the pub and the Coleridge Way is nearby.

Millers at the Anchor. Hotel at Porlock Weir. Lovely outdoor area overlooking the harbour.

 

Pretty villages

Porlock. Famous Exmoor village situated behind the magnificent Porlock Bay.

Selworthy, Allerford and Bossington. Selworthy, Allerford and Bossington are villages located in an arc at the base of Bossington Hill.

 

Visitor attractions

West Somerset Railway. Runs from the east border of Exmoor at Minehead and then Dunster to Bishops Lydeard below the Quantock Hills. Super family attraction. It's fun to walk the coast path between Dunster and Minehead and then catch the train back.

The National Trust's Dunster Castle and Dunster Estate. One of Exmoor's most popular visitor attractions, Dunster Castle dominates the village. Essential visiting.

 

Moorland

Dunkery Beacon. The highest point on Exmoor provides immense views. If you're there in late August/early September you'll get heather too.

 

History

National Trust's Dunster Castle.

English Heritage's Dunster Yarn Market, Butter Cross and Gallox Bridge.

Further away, Cleeve Abbey.

 

Activities and adventures

Exmoor Adventures. With such a spectacular coastline, try sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing and coasteering with Exmoor Adventures based in Porlock.