"Beautiful Porlock." Porlock by diosh

Porlock Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 96 photos

So envious of my friend!


I've just spent a week with

one of my friends in Porlock.. It's on the edge of Exmoor, in Somerset.We had a totally

relaxing time, visiting stunning places, going into Exmoor, seeing the

ponies, visiting Doone Valley and the church where 'Lorna Doone '

was 'shot'.Walked to the beach near her house and visited other beautiful

beaches nearby-totally unspoilt, as well as Porlock Weir, where we

watched the fishermen and ate ice cream!Coming back to noisy London

was a horrible shock.

Her new house is a stunner- 5 bedrooms, courtyards, 2 bathrooms, etc.,

etc. and of course much cheaper than London.She's got so much more for

her money.

Life in Porlock is so different- relaxing with friendly, helpful people who

can't do enough for you.

Sitting up in bed, in 'my' room, I could see Exmoor and the sea!

her house is off to the right in the picture, at the end of the terrace of

white houses, with the pub on the corner.

Porlock Bay and beach.

What a view?

This is about 20 minute walk from the house, along footpath, beside fields and through the woods.

When we reached it we were the only people there.

My friend calls it 'her' beach! There's never anyone there- apart from the

odd birdwatcher. The birdlife is incredible. We saw birds I've never seen

before- Dunlin, finches, flocks of greenfinches scooting by.

Unfortunately ground was very muddy, after all the rain and I took a

tumble on the way back-so undignified! Skidded down a muddy bank and

landed in a sea water puddle- getting absolutely soaked. There were rocks

at the bottom, which caught my ribs, knee and arm. Am a mass of bruises!

But I'll recover.
When I got home I discovered I'd broken several ribs!!
I did recover- slowly.

Porlock Vale

The village nestles amongst the woods, snuggled up to Exmoor.

This was the view of the sea that I had from 'my' bedroom window.

The sea is the Bristol Channel- opposite, on the horizon is Wales- the Gower Peninsular.

Driving up into Exmoor and the Doone Valley, we had glimpses of the sea

at every turn.

Along the grassy verges were Exmoor ponies- wandering around, grazing.

We stopped and looked at 2 mothers with 2 foals.Aah.

They wander freely all over the moors.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet, relaxing place, where one can forget about noisy London.
  • Cons:None at all- oh -tourist traffic through the village.It gets rather jammed by visitors passing thru.
  • In a nutshell:An ideal place for a peaceful holiday-with family or alone-so much to do and see.
  • Last visit to Porlock: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mustertal's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2010 at 5:10 AM

    Lovely place, one of my favorites.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Great tips about one of my favourite places. Thanks for bringing back lots of memories of good times spent there.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    i love the exmoor ponies with their mealy noses - but where is the man from Porlock??!!

  • Oct 21, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Hello Diana! This is a beautiful page! So many nice places and beautiful pictures! Your tips are very very clear and personal too. Interesting to read.

  • ricky52's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2008 at 7:36 AM

    Never heard of this place until I read your pages, beautiful.

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    What a beautiful place, Diana. Sorry to read about your fall but am glad you are okay now.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    Another brilliant page, Diana

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2008 at 3:48 AM

    nice photos and tips from countryside england.

  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2008 at 8:40 AM

    I love your photos of the horses, absolutly beautiful

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    What a lovely page, you have enticed me to get into the UK countryside and explore it ;-)


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