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Nearby places of interest

Less than a mile to the east on the Coast Path sits the picturesque harbour of Porlock Weir. With views across the Bristol Channel this pocket-sized former fishing settlement is home to artisan craft and boutique shops and even a small museum. The thatch-roofed Ship Inn, known affectionately as ‘the bottom Ship’, to avoid confusion with its namesake in Porlock, is very popular with visitors and locals alike. Oysters from Porlock Bay are sold in season near the tidal quay.

Immediately west of Ashley Combe the South West Coast Path climbs the bluff 1½ miles through Yearnor Wood to Culbone Church, England’s smallest complete church with a history dating to the Saxon era. The path leads onward into North Devon reaching Countisbury and Lynmouth 10 miles further down the coast.

Historic Dunster is well worth a visit for its characterful high street marked by a 17th century yarn market at one end and Norman castle at the other. Thanks to its enduring popularity the village has numerous dining options and no shortage of local walks to build an appetite.

For sandy beaches head towards Woolacombe.

Exploring Exmoor

Exmoor spans West Somerset and NorthDevon with high, open moorland, a variety of different woodlands and a dramatic coastline.

Famous for its red deer and Exmoor ponies, the area offers activities and interest for all the family: wildlife safaris, trekking, riding, biking, kayaking, fishing and boat trips can be arranged locally.


Photo credits:

Lynmouth Harbour by John-Mark Strange; Woolacombe beach by Peter Ford - both from Unsplash. St Beuno’s Church by Richard Mascall. Dunster Castle by marcntomsmum0 from Pixabay.

Exmoor pony by Sam Vernon; Ilfracombe by Maddox Howe; Dunkery Beacon by Paul Lincoln - all from Unsplash

Welcome to the historic Ashley Combe Estate. Set within secluded woodland by the sea, our self-catered cottages are easily accessible and a short walk from Porlock Weir. Close to the Southwest Coast Path, Porlock Pilgrim’s Trail and Coleridge Way, they make an ideal base for exploring the rugged shoreline and wild landscapes of north Exmoor.