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Near Porlock Hill for those in a bed and breakfast porlock there is a five and a half mile walk of moderate difficulty. The walk covers open spaces and has superb moorland views; best from April to October. There is considerable bird activity in spring and, from summer onwards, the glory of heather. The walk crosses bed and breakfast porlock streamside, hillside, farmland, moorland, and includes three climbs, and can be muddy after rain.
Start, by car, at the top of bed and breakfast porlock hill, and take the Exford road, looking for a car park in approximately three miles. There are car parks on the Exford side of the bridge over Chetsford Water.
From the car park, cross the bridge and turn right to follow Chetsford Water. Cross Chetsford water at the ford, where there are large works in midstream. Climb the wide track immediately opposite, veer left and follow the track uphill through the heather. Go straight across the access road to the bed and breakfast porlock reservoir, and join the minor road for about two hundred yards to the edge of the open moorland. Turn left, to follow the farm track with wire fence on the right, descending through gorse and turning right through the gate. In one hundred yards, where the road turns, take a sharp left to descend to the valley and go straight through the gate to join the metalled track, which descends to an isolated bed and breakfast porlock cottage on the right. Then follow the path down to Nutscale Water, cross the footbridge, turn right and then immediately left through a gate. Climb the steep, stony track to Lucott Farm, turning left as the farm access road is reached. At Lucott Farm bed and breakfast porlock turn left to take the wide track which passes to the left of the farmhouse. This has yellow waymarks and climbs steadily with fields on both sides. As the track goes through the gate on to open moorland, go straight on, skirting the top of the deep combe which descends to Nutscale on the left. Go through the next gate on to grassland and veer slightly right towards a marker in the middle of the field. Continue straight on through the next gate on to open moorland again and head for the right end of a row of trees on the bed and breakfast porlock skyline. The path becomes a grassy track through heather, and reaches the Exford – Porlock road at Lucott Cross. At Lucott Cross turn left and follow the road back to where you started.
Throughout this walk through the valley of Chetsford Water, you will pass through the local quiet spot for bird-watching. There are relatively rare species to be seen, including the merlin, the smallest of the falcons, and the ring ouzel. Beyond the bird watching valley you will reach the Nutscale Reservoir, which was formed by damming Chetsford water. It is the water source for Minehead and District. Most of this route is on the delightful Holnicote Estate, which is now National Trust, which came into the Acland family in the eighteenth century. The 12500 acres, mostly open to the public at all times, includes such landmarks as Selworthy Beacon and Dunkery Hill, and there is much of architectural interest. In the Aclands’ day, the stag hunting was greatly prized. Also along this walk there is a lookout from Babe Hill, from where you can see Dunkery Beacon, North Hill and Selworthy Beach, and the Bristol Channel and Welsh Coast. Near to the beginning of the walk there is also a stone circle.