ancient oak woodland above porlock weir

yachts in the harbour at porlock

Looking across to Bossington beach

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Local Activities

A wide range of different recreational activities are available in Porlock and the surrounding area:

Walking

Exmoor is covered in footpaths, bridleways and rights of way. For the serious walker, there is the South West Coast path, which runs from Minehead, right round the coast to Dorset. For more information about this route, see the Coast path's official site.

The Coleridge Way is a 36 mile route following in the footsteps of the great poet. It runs all the way from Nether Stowey to Porlock, taking in the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor along the way. The less adventurous rambler can attempt this route in sections - for full directions visit the Coleridge Way website. Exmoor National Park also offers many guided walks and events across Exmoor, throughout the year.

Sailing and Fishing

There are opportunities for most kinds of fishing in the Porlock area, from sea fishing in the Bristol channel - to fly fishing in one of many local lakes or rivers.

Nearby Wimbleball lake is stocked with rainbow trout and is also home to an impressive angling and watersports centre, which offers tuition in sailing, windsurfing and canoeing along with rowing boats and other equipment for hire. For more information about the activities available at Wimbleball, please check out their page on the South West Lakes Trust website.

For visitors who prefer to sail or go fishing in the sea, Porlock weir and Blue Anchor are popular choices for locals who like to fish from the seafront - local tide time booklets are availbale from the Tourist Information Centre. Sailing and pleasure boats can be hired from Porlock Weir, Watchet, Minehead, Lynmouth or Combe Martin.

Horse Riding

The varied scenery of it's coastline, moorland and wooded valleys mean that Exmoor has some of the most exciting and interesting riding terrain in Britain. You can certainly cover a lot of miles in one day on a horse - and you can explore places that a normal car just won't get to - wading through rivers. leaping over hedges and scrambling down banks.

There are plenty of reputable riding establishments in the West Somerset area, offering both unaccompanied hacks or escorted rides, which cater for the needs of both experienced and novice riders.

If you wish to try a different style of riding altogether, then why not visit the Exmoor Pony Centre near Dulverton. This is home fo the Moorland Mousie Trust - a charity dedicated to the promotion and conservation of the Exmoor pony. Although small, this ancient and native British breed are capable of carrying adults weighing up to twelve and a half stone on treks across the moor.

Cycling

In addition to these activities you can also go cycling along the bridleways and narrow lanes of Exmoor, there are several designated trails and many mountain bikers find the rugged terrain to be an excellent test of their bicycle's capabilities. Leaflets with maps describing the area's various cycle paths and and designated routes are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Porlock, close to Reines House Bed and Breakfast.

Other Activities

If you are interested in birdwatching or looking at other wildlife, there are a number of different companies offering landrover safaris over Exmoor, providing an opportunity to see some of the wild red deer and Exmoor ponies.

Throughout the year there are lots of exciting events occuring in the Exmoor area and there is always something interesting to see or do. Many local towns, including Porlock, host their own carnival every summer, along with fetes, shows, fairs and many different kinds of festival - beer festivals, food festivals and music festivals.

If you intend to spend a day walking or exploring, Reines House B&B is able to provide a packed lunch for you if you want to go hiking or cycling 'off the beaten track' to an area with no pubs or
tea rooms.


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