Introducing Porlock & Around
The small village of Porlock is one of the prettiest on the north Exmoor coast, with a huddle of thatched cottages running along its main street all the way to the picturesque breakwater of Porlock Weir, 2 miles to the west. Coleridge’s famous poem Kubla Khan was written during a brief sojourn in Porlock (helped along by a healthy slug of laudanum and a vicious head cold), and the village is still a popular stop-off for summertime tourists, as well as walkers on the Coleridge Way and the South West Coast Path.
The village of Selworthy, 2½ miles east of Porlock, forms part of the 12, 500-acre Holnicote Estate, the largest NT-owned area of land on Exmoor. Though its cob-and-thatch cottages look ancient, in fact the village was almost entirely rebuilt in the 19th century by the local philanthropist and landowner Thomas Acland to provide accommodation for elderly workers on his estate.
Porlock’s visitor centre (
The tiny Dovery Manor Museum (High St; admission free;