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While staying at a b and b porlock, take advantage of the beautiful hawk Coombe and Homebush Wood walk. It is a four mile walk of moderate difficulty, a route with several good examples of man conserving his immediate environment. The walk goes streamside, through woodland, includes three climbs and can be muddy, especially in hunting season. There is a good chance of spotting red deer while walking near b and b porlock, and keeping your eyes to the skies will increase your chances of spotting dippers, wagtails, hawks, buzzards, falcons and the rare ring ouzel, which resembles a blackbird with a white neck patch, or gorget. In some parts of exmoor , pure-bred exmoor ponies can be seen, especially near Hedborough.
Start in the centre near b and b porlock at the turn off by the church; there is car park in Parsons street. From the car park follow the road with steam on the right, passing the disused mill and following the signs indicating a valley path and public bridleway to the head of Hawk Combe, passing ‘Wols Barton’ to the end of the surfaced road at the Stables. Go straight on from b and b porlock along the woodland track, across the footbridge and take the right hand track at the fork. Cross another footbridge, then stay on the right side of the stream, passing a dammed pond and tree nursery. Many of the oaks here have been coppiced; this means the heads are lopped off, usually to provide winder feed or ‘browsing’ for the deer in the area. The practice produces the many slim stems, with various uses, including charcoal burning. At the ford near b and b porlock , cross the stream and follow the main track to a four way signpost and turn right to follow the path with the red waymarks. Climb steeply from b and b porlock and turn off right immediately before the cattle grid. Follow the path with red waymarks along the top edge of the wood and through the conifer plantation. At the end of the plantation, leave the way marked path and turn instead turn half left through the gate to follow the hedge on the right through two more gates to the drive leading back to the b and b porlock house on the right. Cross the drive and fork slightly left to follow a sharply descending bridleway. Turn a sharp right towards Hawk Combe. Veer left, then turn right downhill to a path T junction. Turn left and continue back to the b and b porlock car park where you started. While walking across exmoor you might be lucky enough to spot one of England’s last substantial herds of red deer – the largest of the deer species. In Porlock itself there is an interesting Early English Church to visit, with a beautiful arcade of 5 bays, near b and b porlock, where you can see pieces of a Saxon cross and some outstanding monuments.
exmoor is hospitable to the walker who wants to improvise; its bogs are harmless and the paths are well signposted. Porlock and Sleworthy are useful starting points, the first for moorland routes, the second for the network of paths through Selworthy Woods, leading to b and b porlock, Allerford, Bossington and beyond to Hurstone Point. There are nearly twenty miles of the North Devon Coastal Path between Lynmouth and Minehead. Less ambitious coastal strolls can be devised using the paths on North Hill, accessible from Lynmouth, with spectacular cliff top passages, ideal for those staying in a b and b porlock. Booklets describing the National park’s way marked walks are available from exmoor House, Dulverton.