Towns and Villages



Porlock is a charming village in Exmoor National Park. With some buildings dating back to the 12th and 15th century Porlock has a medieval charm. Nestling at the foot of Porlock Hill at the western end of the Vale, Porlock is bounded to the north by its shingle ridge with breathtaking views

  • Explore Porlock Weir with its award winning restaurant.
  • Explore Culbone church – one of the smallest in the country
  • National trust properties to explore with Holnicote Estate.
  • Glass blowing at the glass makers.
  • Packed events calendar throughout the year including food and craft festivals.
  • A wide range of small shops, historic pubs, tea rooms and restaurants.
  • Easy access to the paths and parks of Exmoor.
  • Stunning views up a spectacular coastline.
  • A small spot for surfing (Experienced only.)

Whatever your interests we will be happy to point you in the right direction. Porlock is a great place to base yourself as you can easily access North Devon and the Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural beauty as well as the delights of Exmoor National Park.



Minehead is the main town of the area and has a variety of attractions.


Watchet is an ancient harbour town nestled between Exmoor National Park and the Quantocks in the South West of England. The Quantocks was the first designated area of outstanding national beauty in England over 50 years ago. Watchet is a lively town with a lovely esplanade overlooking the marina.


Dunster is an idyllic medieval village. The jewel in the crown of Exmoor National Park. Dunster has a wealth of heritage and history from the National Trust’s 11th century Dunster castle to the Old Yarn Market in the middle of the high street.

Things to do


History and Culture

  • Take a trip to a National Trust property including Dunster Castle , Holnicote Estate with the 360 views from Dunkery Beacon, Selworthy, Luccombe, Knight Hayes Court , Fyne Court , Killerton or Arlington Court.
  • Explore the museums of the area including the Watchet Boat and Market Museums, Lynton and Lynmouth with special focus on the flood disaster of the 1950’s, Bakelite museum, Somerset Military Museum and many more.
  • Enjoy the busy calendar of Arts and crafts, food and music events throughout the year.

Outdoors and Events

  • Walking, Mountain Biking and riding guides can be obtained at the nearby Porlock visitor centre.
  • Hire horses in Horner.
  • The South West Coastal Path passes through Porlock.
  • Enjoy the busy calendar of Arts and crafts, food and music events throughout the year.


  • Take an Exmoor Safari and discover herds of Wild red deer and Exmoor ponies.
  • Try your hand at falconry at Exmoor Animal Farm.
  • Enjoy the nature reserves and wildlife across Exmoor National Park

Exmoor Ponies



Active Exmoor

Guide to outdoor activities and events in the area.

Click here to access.

West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway recaptures the era of the branch line country railway in the days of steam. Enjoy 20 miles of glorious Somerset scenery as the train gently rolls back the years on its journey beside the Quantock Hills and the Bristol Channel.

Exmoor Falconry

Fly Owls and Hawks to your gloved hand.

Exmoor Zoo

Open 362 days of the year! Click here.

Minehead Cycling Club

Regular group rides for various abilities. Click here.

Discovery Safaris

Explore Exmoor National Park in a specially designed Landrover Defender safari vehicle.

Minehead Golf Club

Founded in 1882 with stunning views of Exmoor and the Bristol Channel. Click here.