Walk - Porlock Weir to Lynmouth / Lynton

12.1 miles (19.5 km)

Porlock Weir Lynmouth / Lynton

Challenging - Moderate with some more strenuous ascents

In this section the Coast Path, some of which is managed by the National Trust, journeys over dramatic cliff paths, along farm tracks, through fields and beautiful wooded combes with seasonal waterfalls and streams. Leave the open harbour of Porlock Weir and climb the steep slopes into Yearnor Wood.

From Culbone you can choose to follow the clifftop route with spectacular views over Exmoor and across to the Welsh coast, or take the more direct path through ancient Culbone Woods. Either way, this is a dramatic landscape which was almost certainly the inspiration for the descriptions of the wild coastal settings in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan and The Ancient Mariner, both written whilst staying on Exmoor.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Denes Guest House

The Denes offer locally sourced food and comfortable en-suite bedrooms, facilities to dry outdoor gear and a selection of maps. Books, DVDs and board games for relaxation.

Ash Farm B&B

We are a working farm just off the Coast Path. We can pick up from Porlock Weir if required. Packed lunch on request.

Porlock Weir Campsite

Great pop-up site, perfect location for walking. 5 mins from the SWCP

Snow's Orchard Guesthouse

A small, relaxed and friendly guest house offering bed and breakfast accommodation in the quiet hamlet of West Porlock, situated within Exmoor National Park.

Sea View B&B

4 Star B&B, en suite. TV/free wi-fi. Breakfast Award: gluten free/vegetarian, local produce/homemade bread/preserves. Packed Lunches. VisitBritain "Walkers Welcome" Scheme accredited. Drying facilities.

The Cottage B&B

A cosy, luxurious, historic and friendly B&B in the heart of the village, close to all amenities

Myrtle Cottage

A comfortable thatched cottage built over 400 years ago, bursting with character and charm. All rooms en-suite, award winning breakfast.

Sparkhayes Farm Campsite

Family site-5 minute walk to the village and its shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. 20 minute walk down to the sea on the South West Coast Path.

Brendon Barton Farm

Wild camping with campfires allowed. 10 min drive to lynton and lynmouth

Exmoor Country House

Beautiful Guest House within Exmoor National Park in the enchanting village of Porlock. Evening dinner every night except Sunday.
What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Porlock Visitor Centre

Porlock Visitor Centre provides a vast array of information for visitors to Porlock Vale, including accommodation booking service, maps, walks, things to see and do.

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  • Visiting Culbone Church of St Beuno, whose main structure dates back to the 12th century and is apparently the smallest complete parish church in England at only 35ft long.
  • Following the permitted path through the ancient oaks and rare whitebeams of Culbone Woods. This area was once used for burning charcoal and apparently the original burners were a colony of lepers who were forbidden from entering Porlock. Remains of their huts can still be seen in the woods.
  • Sisters Fountain, a small holy well or spring beneath a 19th century stone structure and cross, said to have provided Joseph of Arimathea with refreshment when on his way to Glastonbury.
  • Enjoying the fantastic names, such as the wooded gully of Pudleep Gurt, Goat Rock and Twitchin Combe.
  • For amazing panoramic views, Exmoor National Park ranger Tim Parish recommends Sugarloaf Hill, which can be reached by taking a permitted path at Guildhall Corner. Please take note of the signs here.
  • Crossing the stream at Coscombe which forms the county boundary between Somerset and Devon.
  • Sir Robert’s Chair – the rocky outcrop below Windgate Combe, popular with coastal climbers.
  • The view of Lynmouth harbour and Lynton. Lynmouth marks one end of the 117 mile Devon Coast to Coast walk (using the Two Moors Way and Erme - Plym Trail) if you fancied changing direction!

Shorter option

Lack of accommodation makes it difficult to alter this walk. You could walk a distance and then return to Porlock Weir, alternatively walk to the County Gate Visitor Centre where there is a bus stop.

Longer option

It is not easy to lengthen this walk without finding accommodation inland.

Public transport

Taunton is the nearest mainline railway station. The First 28 bus service runs from Taunton to Minehead.


Porlock Weir (Postcode for Sat Navs: TA24 8PB), County Gate, Black Gate, Watersmeet.


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