Saturday, 6 July 2019 (Group: Dorset 4050 Walkers)
Start time 10:00
11.5 miles / 18.5 km
(Estimated finish time: 16:00)
Those who know the area will be aware of its beautiful terrain, offering rugged walks of the moor, picturesque river and woodland stretches and also the contrast of easy access to a coastline looking across to Wales.
This walk begins in Porlock village, where we will take the bus to picturesque Lynmouth.
We’ll pause briefly in Lynmouth and you could buy provisions here if needed, before we begin a stretch of the South West Coast Path, which will carry us, mainly hugging the coastline tightly, all the way to Porlock Weir.
We’ll be climbing out of Lynmouth to Countisbury Hill for great views of the town before heading out to Foreland Point where we find a lighthouse and a vantage point to get a look at the South Wales coastline. Then it’s a north-eastward tracing of the Devon and Somerset coast across heath and through gentle woodland, finding a lunch spot en route. Further on, we’ll pause to visit ancient, peaceful and tiny Culbone Church, where it nestles in a wonderful inland cut in the cliff, before we head on for the final leg into Porlock Weir. Here we will end our walk and enjoy the on-tap refreshments and musical entertainment on offer at the Bottom Ship, where the Weirfest is centred. Take as long as
you like here, before taking the minibus that shuttles roughly half-hourly between the Weir and Porlock village.
Note: you may wish to bring a change of clothing, depending on whether you want to return to Porlock village and resume the Weirfest later, or stay on.