Porlock Weir Beach stretches beyond the somewhat hidden coastal hamlet of Porlock Weir. The pebble beach is backed by a shingle ridge, that runs along side healthy marshland. The views out over the Bristol Channel have an air of the dramatic, with the nearby cliffs casting a shadow in the water, bring out an array of colours.
The beach makes a great destination for those looking for some peace and quiet, space to think, or take a relaxing walk with the dog. There is no strict footpath, but you can continue onward until you reach the rocky cliffs. If you’re really adventurous, you can venture so far as to discover Smuggler’s Cave, one of the places commonly used by smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries to hide their loot.
To access the Porlock Weir Beach, you pass beyond Porlock Weir Harbour, which houses a small flotilla of yachts and fishing boats. At this point in the Bristol Channel, the tide varies greatly, so you will often see the boats cast aground. Dock gates are used to hold back the tide, and then is released, flushing out the inner harbour of stones deposited by the tidal drift.
After you’ve finished your jaunt at Porlock Weir Beach, why not enjoy a refreshing pint at one of the local pubs? There is a surprising amount of variety to choose from nearby, including a pub, cafe, and even oriental food! Porlock Weir was once a popular trading port for oysters, and Porlock Bay Oysters has recently revived the tradition, serving top ‘A’ classified oysters to the brave souls who enjoy them.
There is no lifeguard service, and the current is famously strong in the area, so swimming is not recommended. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.
Lifeguard Service: No
Dogs: Dogs allowed
Nearest Town: Minehead
Beach Type: Pebble & Shingle
Facilities: Cafes, Restaurants, Pubs, Toilets
Suitable for Disabled?: No