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A Circular Walk from Porlock Village 4.25 miles, 6.75km

Ordnance Survey Map Explorer OL 9

(a) Arrive on the 300 Ilfracombe-Minehead Bus. This stops near the Church. Walk down Sparkhayes Lane to the Marsh.

(b) In [] the sea broke through the ridge protecting Porlock Marsh. This has led to the South West Coast Path being diverted inland. Follow any diversion signs at this point. (The path shown on the above map was correct as of May 2003).

(c) This is the main area of marshland. Since the sea broke through this area has become increasingly saline. The plant life is gradually changing to more salt tolerant species.

(d) Porlock Weir is lovely little village. It can get a bit busy in the tourist season, but it's a nice place to get a spot of lunch. There is a petrified forest here that is sometimes visible at low tide.

(e) This short section (150m) is the worst bit of road walking on this route. The road from Porlock Village to Porlock Weir gets busy in the tourist season and you have to stay close to the hedge to times. But you're soon into Worthy Wood.

(f) Worthy Wood is mainly broad-leaved woodland but there are also small areas of conifers. This part of the walk is more hilly than there rest but it is shady under the the trees with lots of birdsong (very relaxing). I prefer doing the walk this way round - it can get very hot out on the marsh on a summer's afternoon. I'd rather walk the marsh in the morning while it's still cool.


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My Porlock List
  1. Cormorant
  2. Grey Heron
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Shelduck
  5. Mallard
  6. Buzzard
  7. Pheasant
  8. Oystercatcher
  9. Herring Gull
  10. Great Black-back
  11. Woodpigeon
  12. Collared Dove
  13. Swift
  14. Swallow
  15. House Martin
  16. Meadow Pipit
  17. Pied Wagtail
  18. Robin
  19. Wheatear
  20. Song Thrush
  21. Blackbird
  22. Blackcap
  23. Long-tailed Tit
  24. Magpie
  25. Jackdaw
  26. Rook
  27. Carrion Crow
  28. Starling
  29. House Sparrow
  30. Chaffinch
  31. Greenfinch
Possibles (?) and...
Very dubious possibles (??)
  1. Skylark?
  2. Stonechat?
Created 19/1/04
Last Modified 23/4/04