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Porlock Weir to Lynmouth / Lynton

Key information


StartPorlock Weir
FinishLynmouth / Lynton
Length12.1 miles (19.4 km)


In this section the Coast Path, some of which is managed by the National Trust, journeys over dramatic cliff paths, along farm tracks, through fields and beautiful wooded combes with seasonal waterfalls and streams. Leave the open harbour of Porlock Weir and climb the steep slopes into Yearnor Wood.

From Culbone you can choose to follow the clifftop route with spectacular views over Exmoor and across to the Welsh coast, or take the more direct path through ancient Culbone Woods. Either way, this is a dramatic landscape which was almost certainly the inspiration for the descriptions of the wild coastal settings in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan and The Ancient Mariner, both written whilst staying on Exmoor.


Moderate with some more strenuous ascents

Nearby refreshments

Porlock, Lynmouth and Lynton have a large number of pubs, shops, restaurants and cafes between them, but there are few options along the route. You may find refreshments near Culbone and there is an inn slightly inland at Countisbury.

Public transport

Taunton is the nearest mainline railway station. The First 28 bus service runs from Taunton to Minehead.


Porlock Weir (Postcode for Sat Navs: TA24 8PB), County Gate, Black Gate, Watersmeet.

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Nearby walks

Porlock Weir to Lynmouth / Lynton

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Places of interest

Shorter option

Lack of accommodation makes it difficult to alter this walk. You could walk a distance and then return to Porlock Weir, alternatively walk to the County Gate Visitor Centre where there is a bus stop.

Longer option

It is not easy to lengthen this walk without finding accommodation inland.

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Nearby walks

Porlock Weir to Lynmouth / Lynton


Nearby walks

Porlock Weir to Lynmouth / Lynton


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