Where Exmoor tumbles to the sea
Walks around Porlock Weir and the Porlock Manor Estate
This selection of walks around Porlock Weir, the Porlock Manor Estate and surrounding area, are all from Martin Hesp's West Country Walks, published in the Western Morning News.
Among ancient trees, high above Porlock Weir
Starting from Porlock Weir, this circular walk will take you to Culbone Church, said to be the smallest in England seating only 30 people and inaccessible by road. The church is probably pre-Norman in origin, with a 13th century porch, and late 15th century nave that is hust 21 feet by 12 feet, and a chancel that measures 13 feet by 10 making a total length of 35 feet. In the television version of the Lorna Doone story it was the scene of the filming of the marriage of John Ridd at Oare church.
A circular route from the car park in Bossington around Porlock Marsh following the new permissive path to West Porlock, then back along the woodland paths to the village of Porlock and beyond, via Sparkhayes Lane. The walk takes in a lonely memorial to the crew of an American bomber that crashed in thick fog here during in 1942.
Few places in Britain can boast high moors, deep forests, fertile vales and dramatic and vertiginous coastlines all bundled into one small corner. Porlock Vale can, and this circular walk takes in many of these beauties, including Hurlestone Point, Selworthy Beacon and eerie but wonderful ilex woods said to be the biggest plantation of evergreen oaks anywhere in the country.
A 10-mile walk with one or two steep bits up into the heart of Exmoor behind Porlock Weir. The walk starts on the road from Exford to Simonsbath high across the moor, one of the most exposed spots in Britain, but it's well worth enduring any initial discomfort when you get out of your car as to will soon be rewarded with a fabulous walk that takes you alongside Chetsord Water, Nutscale Water and the Nutscale Reservoir.
This is a walk around one of the loneliest and spookiest places in the Westcountry. The vista of the Dunkery range - the highest set of hills anywhere in the south of England outside Dartmoor affords a breathtaking panorama in any weather, except fog. Skirted to the south by vast and empty Codsend Moors, the great range protrudes skywards quite unlike anything else you’ll ever see. An excellent Exmoor ramble, full of a good deal of nothing and a great deal of mystery.
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