Where Exmoor tumbles to the sea
Perhaps most visitors to the Porlock Manor Estate today are associate it with with the picturesque harbour and fishing port of Porlock Weir. With its pub, restaurants, individual shops and places to stay, it makes an excellent base for exploring the wider expanses of the Estate.
Behind Porlock Weir the Estate lands stretch up steep wooded slopes and valleys rich in wildlife to Birchanger, where the country opens out onto the ruggedly beautiful expanses of Exmoor. Here the rolling moorland and dramatic, unexpected declivities are ablaze with purple heather in mid-summer.
The whole Estate is outstanding walking country and some suggested routes with breathtaking views and interesting landmarks can be found by visiting the Walks page (click on the link below).
Today the Estate benefits from a regime of careful management, designed to develop and sustain the diverse aspects of the landcape and its communities, ensuring it survives for all to enjoy in years to come. Recent examples include studying the natural shingle storm beach in relation to climate change, placement of nesting boxes to encourage rare bird species and conservation of the Heath Fritillary butterfly, now scarce in Britain.
About the Porlock Manor and Porlock Weir
Click to visit a page of suggested walks in and around the Porlock Manor Estate
Click for maps showing the location and extent of the Estate
Click to to find out more about the wildlife of the Porlock Manor Estate
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Estate Office: 14 Queen Square Bath BA1 2HN
Website by Knowles Cadbury Brown
Click here to view Mark Blathwayt's response to the Bristol Chanel Draft Shoreline Management Plan, Jan 2010
Click here to view memorandum on flood and coastal defences, Porlock Bay and Marsh, Apr 1998