Porlock Weir

Porlock Weir is one of the most beautiful places in Somerset. It is located 1.5 miles from the coastal village of Porlock and is in the heart of Exmoor National Park. It is a popular place to stay if you are looking for a seaside holiday combined with relaxing rural retreat as Porlock Weir is blessed with plenty of peace and tranquillity. However, the nearby resorts of Minehead and Barnstable are only a short drive away, which makes the location perfect for a family holiday.

The port of Porlock Weir has a long and colourful history, the majority of the cottages in the area are owned by the blathwayt Estate including the Gibraltar Cottages which have great historical significance. Today's Porlock Weir is a quiet harbour and a thriving community that welcomes many tourists every year, many of whom come to enjoy the pretty scenery, shops, tea rooms, great ale and award winning local cuisine.

During the summer months, the picturesque harbour is full of colourful boats, but over the years, the port has seen many a dramatic tale of daring and bravery unfold in treacherous storms and the remains of many vessels still lie submerged just off the Porlock Weir point.

On a fine day, the South West Coast Path offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the fabulous views across Porlock Weir and the bay. The coastal footpath links up with many other walking trails surrounding Porlock Weir, including Saltmarsh and Culbone, home to the smallest parish church in England.

One of the more unusual attractions at Porlock Weir is the submerged forest. At low tide, the spooky remains of ancient tree trunks arise from the grey clay soil beneath the waves. These desiccated stumps are the last remaining evidence of a forest that, once upon a time, lay five miles inland. The area was once a fertile hunting ground for the Mesolithic people who lived there more than 7,000 years ago and many fossilised bones of wild cattle have been discovered in the area over the years.

Nearby Porlock Ridge and Saltmarsh is a very important and ecologically significant area of marshland. The site is home to many species of birds and is a perfect spot for bird watchers and nature lovers.


Porlock weir cottages

Porlock Weir Quay Cottage


Holiday in Porlock Weir