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. Please call 01643 862414 for more details. Porlock Weir pick up if required. Packed lunch on request.

Sea View B&B

4 Star B&B, en suite. TV/free wi-fi. Breakfast Award: gluten free/vegetarian, local produce/homemade bread/preserves. Drying facilities.

Myrtle Cottage

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

The Cottage B&B

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

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.

Reines House B&B, Porlock

Benefitting from a peaceful location, yet a short walk from Porlock's numerous shops, pubs and restaurants. Locally sourced produce from sausages to tea and coffe.  Packed lunch on request.

Quarry Cottage

Quarry cottage is a family and dog friendly 3 bedroom cottage sleeping 6 people. It has spacious living spaces and an enclosed garden.

Glen Lodge Luxury B&B

Luxury B&B and self catering, set amongst garden, woods and streams. Walks from the door, coming back to a hot fire, cakes and a hot tub.

Exmoor Country House

Beautiful Guest House within Exmoor National Park in the enchanting village of Porlock. Evening dinner every night except Sunday.

The Blue Ball Inn

The Blue Ball Inn is a dog-friendly traditional coaching inn, located in the hamlet of Countisbury, offering a high standard of bed and breakfast accommodation with a warm welcome.

Tudor Cottage

15th century Licensed Farmhouse B&B offering a hearty breakfast with beautiful views. Evening meal, packed lunch & afternoon teas by arrangement

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.

Exmoor Rambler

Exmoor Rambler stocks a large range of outdor clothing & equipment-waterproofs,walking boots, walking guides,etc. Ideally suited for South West Coast Path.

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Highlights

  • 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.

Parking

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

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