Walk - Minehead 10 Mile Challenge

10.0 miles (16.1 km)

Minehead Porlock Weir

Challenging -

*please note - online registration for this event is now closed, if you would like to make an enquiry about joining on the day please call 01752 896237, a seat on the coach will not be guarenteed however*

Arrival and Registration:

9.00am, Saturday 7th October:  Porlock Central Car Park, High Bank, Somerset, Porlock TA24 8QD. If this car park is full, there is a large long stay car park in Porlock - follow the road west towards Porlock Weir and it is signed on the righ hand side).

Coach Transfer: 9.30am

Start Point: 10.00am, Minehead Seafront

Finish Point: Porlock Central Car Park

Leave the pavements of Minehead behind as you set off onto the first section of the 630 mile trail. With the guide of the National Trust coastal ranger team, head across the Holnicote estate through woodland, along steep cliff tops, farm tracks and up and down beautiful wooded combes with bracken, gorse and bubbling streams, landscapes that inspired some of our most famous romantic poets from Wordsworth to Coleridge.

Exmoor boasts the highest coastline in England with cliffs rising to 250m, 820ft, therefore there are some steep climbs and descents in this section. The route will follow the more inland path on the moor and enjoy the spectacular views from Selworthy Beacon and across the Bossington coastline, both cared for as part of the National Trust Holnicote estate.

There is a lot to look out for, as the Exmoor coast provides a rich habitat for many beautiful and rare species of flora and fauna, including the blackneck moth, red deer, stag beetles and whitebeam trees (relatives of the rowan or mountain ash, unique to Exmoor).

The force of the sea is really evident at the end of your journey, where it is essential to follow the sign-posted paths. In 1996 the natural 6000 year-old shingle ridge across Porlock Bay was breached by a storm, resulting in the dramatic flooding of the fields behind at each high tide. This land is now changing from farmland to saltmarsh, creating a very special habitat for marine life and birds.

Will you spot your first porpoise, peregrine falcon or Exmoor pony as you complete your challenge?

The route will go from the pretty harbour of Porlock Weir inland back to Porlock to the finish point at Porlock Central Car Park. 

Please note there will be a photographer capturing this event.

Advance booking is essential.

 

*please note - online registration for this event is now closed, if you would like to make an enquiry about joining on the day please call 01752 896237, a seat on the coach will not be guarenteed however*

 

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.

Exmoor Country House, Porlock

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

Sparkhayes Farm Campsite, Porlock

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.

The Cottage B&B, Porlock

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

Hillside

Bedroom with view of Hurlestone Point. Double bed, private bathroom and downstairs toilet. Can provide mattress for child. Use of kitchen for DIY breakfast. Sunny back patio.

Sea View B&B, Porlock

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

Glen Lodge Luxury B&B, Porlock

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.

Rosanda House Holiday Flats, Minehead

Comfortable self-contained self-catering flats yards from the start of the South West Coast Path. Great base from which to walk and explore Exmoor & West Somerset.

Baytree B&B, Minehead

Spacious Victorian house in a quiet central location, 5 minutes walk from the seafront and Coast Path. Extensive breakfast menu.

Sunfield B&B, Minehead

A delightful family-run guest house tucked away in a quiet corner of Minehead. Delicious home cooking and a warm welcome awaits.

Ash Farm, Porlock Hill

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. 

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, Porlock

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

Minehead Information Centre, The Beach Hotel

We offer a FREE accommodation booking service for Minehead.   We can also assist with booking accommodation in Porlock, Lynton or Lynmouth.  Our Coast Path maps and guides start from £2.00.  

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