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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Porlock Weir to County Gate Walk Summary

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A simple 6 mile walk from Porlock Weir to County Gate Car Park

The walk navigates along the higher SWCP route through to Wheatham Combe from where the County Gate car park can be reached along bridleways. This route has the advantage of some fantastic views over the coast as opposed to the lower route through the wooded lower reaches of the cliffs. This walk does need the assistance of a friend or acquaintance to provide a return journey between the two ends of the walk, alternatively the walk can use the lower SWCP to make a circular route.


This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

Porlock Weir to County Gate Car Park, Exmoor Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Porlock Weir View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
County Gate Car Park, Exmoor View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
6 miles
Walk difficulty
The trail follows footpaths and tracks using the SWCP. The final section is along bridleways although these are no more than footpaths up to Yenworthy Farm
There is no public transport between the ends of this walk and it requires a friend or acquaintance to link the two. Alternatively one can follow the Circular Route using the lower SWCP as a return. Note also that where the route diverges from the upper SWCP across Yenworthy Common, there is a steep climb shortly followed by a craggy stream bed to cross. This is not difficult but an alternative route can be taken which may be a little easier. There is a waymarker at the common for a permissive path to Yenworthy Farm which proceeds across the common. From here there is a track to link back to the route at Yenworthy Lodge.


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Details of Accommodation used when performing this walk


Hele Valley Holiday Park Camp site View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Situated close to Ilfracombe, this family owned holiday park is set in the picturesque valley at Hele Bay. It offers a peaceful, clean and well maintained park with static caravans and lodges, camping pitches and camping pods. This site has been awarded Silver Awards from the Devon Tourism Awards, a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation and a Trip Advisor Excellence Certificate.

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
08:30 to 11:30
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
Very warm sunny day


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