Dog-friendly Porlock

Porlock is a small village on the coast of Somerset and the edge of the Exmoor National Park. The dog-friendly village sits in a bay area that has Porlock Weir on one side and Hurlestone Point, via Bossington, on the other. The traditional village has colourful buildings containing shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Finally, it boasts the steepest A road in the UK (25% incline at some points), which offers a challenge for some (and little cars!).

Our trip

We decided to take a day trip for a walk with our amazing friends at Kiln Cottages. It was cold, very cold, and had been raining, which made the views more dramatic and exciting.

We took this route from the Bossington National Trust carpark to Hurlstone Point then to the top of Bossington hill, ending back at the car park. It was a nice walk with the dogs with some really steep parts. The descend was so slippery that there were a few (comical) slips and falls, including one of us putting their hand in a bush with splinters that are still coming out a month later! The views were amazing and highly recommended… for the brave.

We also stopped at Porlock Weir for the sunset where we passed, with dogs in the car, some friendly wild Exmoor ponies.

Dog-friendly places to eat

Many of the eateries in Porlock are dog-friendly including:

Dog-friendly things to do

  • Visit Honicote Estate to see a “Varied landscape of moorland, woods, farms and coast, rich in wildlife”
  • See the wildlife, keep your dog at a safe distance – if you travel without your dog you can take a safari tour


There are lots of walks in the area that are great for you and your dog. This walk explores the whole bay including Porlock Weir, Hurlstone Point and Bossington.

What to do with your dog in Porlock

6 thoughts on “Dog-friendly Porlock

  1. Oh wow. You weren’t kidding about steep. Sash looks like she’s a bit apprehensive looking down at the water. And I agree with the Big Dog: rainy days do give the best views.

    1. She’s a bit of a mountain goat and seems to be completely at ease in the slopes. Me on the other hand was falling over everywhere 😂

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