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Tours > England's West Country > Porlock

Porlock - Somerset

A few miles west of Minehead, Porlock is set in a deep hollow, surrounded on three sides by very steep hills. The town has connections with poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge (whose "man from Porlock" broke his opium spell when composing "Kubla Khan" ), and Robert Southey: as well as the Exmoor romantic novelist R. D. Blackmore, of "Lorna Doone" fame. Porlocks's parish church, 35 feet long, seating 38 people, claims to be the smallest in England. As you travel by road along the coast to Lynton, you will climb over 1350 feet in less than three miles (the steepest gradient on any English highway).

Next Stop: Lynton and Lynmouth

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