Porlock holiday cottages are surrounded by heather-covered moors, on the North Somerset coast. With its sweeping shingle beach, backed by towering hills, Porlock is an enchanting base for a holiday in Somerset. This peaceful village lies on the rugged coast of the Exmoor National Park, with spectacular views across the Bristol Channel, to Wales. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Porlock and you’ll discover thatched cottages, independent shops and cafes, and a beautiful parish church. A gentle stream known as Hawcombe Waters descends from the high, open moorland above to pass through the village before flowing into The Bristol Channel. You might notice the aroma of coffee from the local tea and coffee producer, DJ Miles, which has a shop where you can pick up your favourite roast.

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A mile or two from Porlock and nestling right on the coast below steeply wooded hills is the hamlet of Porlock Weir. It provides a tranquil harbour for fishing boats and yachts, and a long beach, strewn with driftwood. At low tide, you might notice the remains of an ancient submerged forest. Whether you want to laze on the shore or take an invigorating swim in the sea, Porlock Beach is a glorious place to while away an afternoon, building pebble sculptures and towers. With its good food, local ciders and views across the bay, the Ship Inn is not to be missed, while Ziang’s at the Harbour Studios serves delicious Thai takeaway.

With Lynton and Lynmouth to the west and Dunster to the east, Porlock is ideally located for experiencing the wilds of Exmoor National Park. Great swathes of purple heather, huge skies, and rocky river valleys make this unspoiled region a joy for walking. Scenic footpaths meander across the moors, which are home to wild ponies and deer. Self-catering holidays in Porlock are perfect for exploring both North Somerset and North Devon. With its russet-red castle and cobbled streets,