Go back in time on a visit to Porlock

Porlock, Somerset

Get back to nature and travel back in time in this sleepy Somerset idyll.

You don’t just get back to nature in Porlock; you also go back in time. In this quiet Somerset village, the roofs are thatched, there are trains still running on steam and people drink real ale. This is especially true in the 13th-century Ship Inn, where the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge once supped his pint. On the menu there’s good English grub along with traditional games including table skittles and shove ha’penny.

If you end up overdoing it on the pudding, you can always walk it off with a two-mile stroll down to Porlock Weir… to another pub. This one’s also called The Ship Inn – nicknamed ‘the Bottom Ship’ by locals, to avoid confusion. It’s also a mere youngster, ‘only’ dating back to the 14th century. As you look out across the water, keep an eye out for the prehistoric forest, which is visible at low tide.

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