Set up and sponsored by Porlock Parish Council, a group called Porlock Futures started a project to grow and sell shellfish in Porlock Bay. If successful it will eventually provide about 5 full-time jobs. This is in an area where only 1/3 of the national average of school leavers stay in the area as there is little employment.
We have set up a Community Interest Company called Porlock Futures C.I.C.. This company structure will ensure that all the profits will be used for the benefit of the community.
Following the spectacular success of the trial to grow oysters, letters were sent to all 850 households in the Porlock Bay area inviting them to express an interest in loaning the new company start up capital. There was a stunning response. Within three weeks we received 150 replies pledging over £50,000.
We are growing the finest Pacific Oysters for you to enjoy.
Porlock Bay Oysters really are the best, we have just attained the top A classification from the food standards agency. We are the only site in England and Wales to have this top classification for Pacific Oysters.
Pacific Oysters are one of the most natural, healthy and nutritional foods you can eat.
Natural because they are not given any food or additives, they just grow in the sea. And our sea in Porlock Bay is one of the cleanest in England and Wales.
Healthy and nutritional because they are high in protein, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc and iron. They are low in cholesterol, fat, and calories.
Because they are just living in the sea, growing them is completely sustainable – they are one of the ultimate green foods.
If wheels are your thing, then Exmoor has some of the most varied cycle trails in the country. Cyclists will enjoy the challenge of the steep climbs and heart stopping downhill's, set amid the most spectacular scenery.
Home to some of the most spectacular shoots in the country, Exmoor's drastically sharp landscape and open moorland is the perfect recipe for some very good sport. Whether it is at partridge, pheasant or clays you are aiming at, you are guaranteed an unforgettable day.
Walking and Hiking
With over 600 miles of rights of way, you are spoilt for choice; coastal paths, walks across wild open moorland, strolls along hidden valley bottoms, alongside burbling streams and rushing rivers, or imagine yourself walking back in history by exploring the country of Lorna Doone.
Bossington to Selworthy - round trip
Porlock Weir to Culbone Church - round trip
Not many people expect to find a surf break on Exmoor but when the tides are right, there are some hidden gems to be ridden, including the beach just on our doorstep.
A combination of beautiful scenery and clean fresh air makes fishing the rivers and streams on Exmoor an unchallengeable delight. Excellent sea fishing is also available for free (except for lost tackle!) along much of the coast with catches of bass, cod, whiting, conger and skate all reported. Joining an escorted boat fishing trip can be a more reliable way to catch sea fish and there are many trips to choose from at very reasonable prices.
Hunting on Exmoor has been taking place for hundreds of years, and is an integral part of its way of life. An incredible way to experience the dramatically beautiful countryside, whilst being spoilt for choice of who to follow, as there are three working Staghound packs, and six working Foxhound packs.
Hunting – Minehead harriers Hunt Club
A ride on Exmoor may travel over the spectacular heather clad moorland, through ancient oak woodlands, along tumbling river valleys or through some of Exmoor's unique farmland. You will get closer to nature and are more likely to see the Exmoor's wildlife when riding on a horse, such as the red deer, and Exmoor ponies. If you’re really lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the Exmoor beast!