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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Porlock Weir to Minehead Walk Summary

Salt marsh

A 9 mile walk along the SWCP between Porlock Weir and Minehead

Walking in an anti-clockwise direction, this walk marks the end to the South West Coast Path. There are no gold embossed certificates handed out, no congratulating parades to cheer the triumphant walker across the finishing line, or national media around to film the completion of this mammoth 630 mile trek. Just a sculpture of a pair of hands holding an OS map and a self-satisfying sense of achievement with a hint of sadness that the trail is over and another challenge must be sought... or maybe turn around and do it all again in the opposite direction!


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 Minehead Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Porlock Weir View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Minehead View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
9 miles
Walk difficulty
The first section is across the beach over large pebbles. This is followed by an easy stroll around the flat marsh to Bossington before a steep climb up Bossington Hill. A broad track then leads over the hills before a footpath descends steadily down to the seafront at Minehead
Overall this is a fairly easy route, however there is a long steep climb up Bossington Hill. This ascends to 250m in one go before taking the inland path across Selworthy Beacon and down to Minehead with spectacular views throughout. There is an alternative Rugged Route that is waymarked at the top of Bossington Hill. This, as it states, is more rugged and challenging, hugging the coastline.


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.


Details of public transport that is required for the walk

Various - Bus Service
Service Number
10 - The number 10 bus service links Minehead, Porlock and Porlock Weir. The service has been reduced in recent years but as of 2018 it still survives despite threats of abandoning it completely. It is currently operated by a variety of operators and can be picked up at Minehead Station and Porlock Weir car park.

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
06:30 to 10:30
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
Warm sunny day to start although overcast across the hills


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