Out & About

There is something for all in and around Porlock, whether you just fancy a lazy break, or your pursuits are more active.


Game fishing is available for a modest charge on the River Lyn at Watersmeet near to Lynton, or at the renowned Wimbleball Lake in the Exe Valley a short drive away. There are also a number of game fisheries along the River Exe itself. For the coarse fisherman, there are an excellent collection of lakes with specimen carp, tench and other fish at Langford Lakes, which can be pre-booked by phone. Sea fishing boat trips are also available at Minehead, Watchet, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe.


Porlock is situated on the Coleridge Way named after the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, but is surrounded by a diverse countryside, from wooded combes to open moor to rugged and friendlier coastline. We would be pleased to advise you on walks, and the degree of difficulty of each. You are certain of seeing wildlife on your walks, whether birds of prey (the Hawkcombe, which leads up the valley from Porlock, is not idly named), deer or the famous Exmoor ponies. You may also glimpse foxes and badgers, though these tend to be more furtive.

Mountain Biking

There are numerous tracks across the moors suitable for mountain bikers, and bikes available for hire if you do not have your own. For the uninitiated, Porlock Hill is definitely not one to be attempted, though Porlock was selected as a leg on the Tour of Britain race in 2007, with the competitors going through the village and up the Toll Road.

Horse Riding

There are many stables in the area providing riding facilities for riders of all abilities. The area is ideal for horse riding, being criss-crossed with bridleways.

THe Night Sky

Exmoor National Park has been designated as Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve - only the second location in the world to be granted this accolade. So, not only can you fill your days with the local activities, but also spend your nights, should the fancy take you, in stargazing in near perfect conditions.

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Due to allergies we regret to inform you that we cannot accept pets at Porlock Holiday Cottage.