At ‘Walk Porlock’ we want to attract walkers and nature lovers to our wonderful village and countryside by sharing our favourite walking routes.
We’re passionate about the benefits of being outdoors in beautiful surroundings and what Porlock Vale and North Exmoor have to offer. There’s such a wide range of flora and fauna thanks to its amazing variety of habitats; from cliffs, coastal heath and marshland to woodland and moors and even sub-alpine, with Exmoor reaching over 500m above sea level around Dunkery Beacon. This all combines to make perfect walking country and there’s something for everyone.
Porlock is a vibrant community with a rich history. Nestled between Exmoor's hills and the sea, Porlock is a "proper village" with shops, cafes, pubs and places to stay.
Alistair Campbell has lived in Porlock for more than 14 years. He is a keen walker and co-wrote the Porlock Walks walking guide, now in its ninth year. Alistair leads walks for many organisations including the National Park and the South West Coast Path Association. He is also a National Park and a National Trust volunteer. "Porlock Vale and Northern Exmoor are really special", Alistair said. "The flora and fauna; the hills and coastline; the mild dry weather all combine to make this perfect walking country. It is about time we shared this with more people by having our own Walking Festival".
Kathy Groves - I've been visiting and walking around Porlock for over 30 years, and since moving here in 2016 I reckon I've walked over 2,000 miles round and about with my neighbours border collie Tess.
It's the amazing variety of scenery, wildlife and flora that attracted me to Porlock, all within easy reach of my home.
I love poring over maps and discovering new paths - just trying something out that looks interesting and see where it takes me...... and I've never been disappointed yet!
Sue McCanlis I was born and brought up on a farm near Porlock and went to the School here, which is now the Visitor Centre and Library. I spent my childhood walking and riding all over Exmoor, especially Ley Hill, Dunkery and the Porlock Vale. I left in 1973 and returned with my family in 2007. The stunning scenery and wonderful community drew me back - actually I don't think I ever left. I would like to share this area and its wonderful walks with others - hence 'Walk Porlock'.
Steve Colson has lived in Porlock since 2012, having been born by the sea on the other side of the country in Felixstowe, Suffolk. He and his wife, Maria, are keen walkers and nature lovers and are outside everyday walking their two dogs. Steve is a former ski instructor, and is familiar with working with groups in outdoor environments. As well as walking and cycling as often as he can around Exmoor, he still spends about 3 months of the year in the French Alps either walking and cycling in the summer, or ski touring and backcountry/off-piste skiing in the winter. That said, Porlock feels like home. “Porlock has such a wide variety of flora and fauna thanks to its amazing variety of habitats; from cliffs, coastal and marshland to woodland and moors and even sub-alpine, with Exmoor reaching over 500m above sea level around Dunkery Beacon. It has something for everyone, and there’s no more beautiful place to be.”