South West Coast Path 8/9

Walked from: Lynmouth, Devon

Walked to: Porlock Weir, Somerset 

Date: 27 February 2016

Distance: 13 miles 

Weather: Dry, bit windy, cold

The hills were back with a vengeance today as I continued my traverse of Exmoor National Park, but two friends joined me for today’s walk, which helped distract me from yet more ups and downs on the SWCP. 

We went a bit off route today on the approach from Countisbury to Butter Hill, which meant more off-roading down a steep, bracken covered and wind-swept hillside. Sensing a pattern? Back on route, Old Barrow Hill, Sugarloaf Hill and Tor Knap provided the other undulations of the day, while tiny Culbone Church, at 10.66m, merits a mention in the Guiness Book of Records – it’s England’s smallest parish church. And at some point in all this adventuring, we left Devon behind and strode on in to Somerset. 

The real joy of today’s walk was finishing: Porlock Weir is a gem of a place. I stayed at the excellent Cafe there (very nice rooms), had a couple of drinks in cozy and welcoming ‘The Bottom Ship’ pub, and had an excellent dinner in the exuberantly decorated, antique-filled restaurant ‘Miller’s at the Anchor’. My one overnight stay on the Somerset part of the SWCP was a good one. Although it’s possible that we didn’t need that last bottle of wine… 

Photos: Woods near Old Barrow Hill / Near Sugarloaf Hill / Culbone Church / Approaching Porlock Weir 


About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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