Porlock Circular Walk (feat. Culbone Church) #LVGHexplorer Posted April 28, 2018
Welcome to the first of our new #LVGHexplorer series! We’re kicking things off with a stunning circular walk from Porlock Weir, stopping at the quaint Culbone Church (smallest church in England!) and passing by some fairytail tunnels and pretty amazing scenery.
Porlock Weir Circular Walk
Distance: 7.5km (the first of which are quite steep, be prepared!)
Starting Point: Porlock Weir Car Park, TA24 8PB (don’t forget some coins for parking)
Ending Point: as above
Porlock Weir is a picturesque hamlet centred around a harbour, about 1.5 miles west of Porlock village. Once a busy port, it’s now a peaceful harbour for yachts and fishing boats. Once you come into Porlock Weird, the car park is easy to find, on your right.
If you havn’t been to Porlock Weir before, it’s worth having a wander around the little hamlet. Once you’re ready to go, walk past the Anchor Hotel (currently ‘Millers at the Anchor’) on your left and follow the path between the buildings, to get started. You’ll pass Porlock Bay Oysters on your left here – a company started in 2013, growing the shellfish in Porlock bay itself. (While you can’t buy oysters from the base here, they can be ordered through the Spar in Porlock.)
The start of this walk is a steady climb – but it follows the picturesque river running below (when you need a brief rest, have a look down to the water, or take a photo or two!). The road running below is the Worthy toll road, which is usually pretty quiet but you might spot a car or two.
Once you reach the top of the valley, where the woodland opens out, the worst of the uphill is done! There’s a lovely little bridge (above) you’ll go past before you hit the road that you’ll be walking on for the next mile and a half or so. It’s pretty flat (hurrah!) and you’ll go past a number of farms –
- Yarner Farm
- Ash Farm (Samuel Taylor Coleridge is said to have stayed here when he wrote Kubla Khan)
- Parsonage Farm (look out for the 17th century mullioned windows & chimney stacks)
Once you’ve at the end of the road, you’ll turn onto the lane which takes you most of the way to Culbone Church – this has open farmland on the right so keep an eye out for wandering sheep! You can either keep on this lane or once you enter the woodland, there’s a right turn which is shorter but steeper – we chose this route and got amongst the trees! Before long you’ll be able to see the church.
Culbone Church (St Bueno’s), only accessible by foot, is said to be the smallest parish church in England. The Church, which seats around 30 people is Grade I Listed, and the Churchyard Cross Grade II listed. It’s thought to be pre-Norman in origin, with a 13th century porch and 15th century nave. There’s a small window set into the North wall which is a leper’s squint, a relic of the 16th century when a leper’s colony was sited in the nearby woods.
If you follow the path past the porch, it climbs slightly above the churchyard and there’s a couple of benches – perfect for a packed lunch or break to take in the serenity of the beautiful place.
Once you’re ready to continue, you’ll be continuing on the South West Coast Path back towards Porlock Weir, turning left at the fork to continue all the way back down to the road at Worthy. You’ll go past a number of walls and tunnels which are the ruins of Lady Lovelace’s elaborate fairytale mansion. Lady Lovelace was Lord Byron’s daughter, and a friend of Charles Babbage. It is said that she gave Babbage the idea for the very first computer program. She brought a team of Swiss mountaineers to Worthy to construct tunnels in the hillside, to allow traders to come and go while she made her way undetected down to her private beach below.
At Worthy, you’ll recognise the road back to the footpath leading below the fields – retrace your steps back to Porlock Weir.
There’s a number of hotels, pubs and restaurants in Porlock Weir if you fancy stopping for a well-deserved coffee, drink or meal before leaving.
If you do this walk, tag any pics with #LVGHexplorer so we can have a look!
Gift Vouchers now available! Posted April 27, 2018
Stuck for what to get that special someone in your life? We’ve got you sorted! We’re now offering gift vouchers – either for your choice of stay (eg. three nights in a Deluxe King Room, one night in our Standard King Room) or for a certain value which the recipient can put towards their stay. You’ll be emailed a personalised voucher which you can print off and pop in a card!
For more information, view all the details on our new Gift Vouchers page.
Introducing #LVGHexplorer Posted April 21, 2018
Here at the LVGH, we often get asked for advice on what to do or what to see during a break in North Devon. From exploring the rugged moors and breathtaking coastline to visiting the quaint rural villages and beautiful coves, a trip to North Devon assures you a memorable time taking in this stunning part of England.
This new #LVGHexplorer blog series of ours aims to show off all we have to offer and suggest a few outings for you to enjoy while you’re here – from walks based in Lynmouth and it’s surrounds, to days out through the countryside and drives through villages steeped in history.
Over the next few months, we’ll be taking you walking up over towering valleys, through quaint fishing villages, deer-spotting on the moors, exploring castles, traipsing through fields of snowdrops, driving on twisting country lanes, hopscotching over rivers – and enjoying the best country pubs with cosy log fires along the way as well of course!
Look out for our first explore coming soon – a stunning walk over coast and farmland nearby Porlock Weir, stopping at England’s smallest church and passing the fairytale tunnels. Here’s a little sneak peak of Culbone Church:
A new year, a new name Posted February 21, 2018
Since opening The Lyn Valley Hotel in 2013, Jeanne & Laura (the mother & daughter team behind the business) have been working non-stop to operate the café, restaurant and hotel. We found that by far our favourite part of the business is the bed & breakfast side of things – meeting our guests and hearing their stories, hoping to exceed their expectations & often welcoming them back again and again.
In order to continue to provide our quality accommodation in Lynmouth, we have re-branded to The Lyn Valley Guest House, and now run on a Bed & Breakfast basis only. We’re still open for outside customers for breakfast in the mornings, and sweet treats / tea and coffee during the day (opening hours for this will depend on the day).
By focusing on our guests, we hope to provide an even better service and improve our facilities.
As part of this change, we have renovated the ground floor of the building, creating a lounge for our guests to enjoy any time of the day, with a small bar. We’ve also launched new special offers and a loyalty VIP club with rewards for our returning guests.
Looking forward to welcoming all our guests to Lynmouth is 2018!