So what is occurring as the season slides into Autumn? The schools are back but there’s still plenty to entertain visitors to Porlock. The ‘Discover Porlock’ guided walks continue to be available (for now!). They start from the Visitor Centre at 10.30am, are free of charge (donations to Care Moor) and last approximately two hours. Join one to discover the history and formation of the Porlock Bay landscape and how this has affected the village and surrounding area. The final three dates for this season are: 11th, 21st and 25th September.
We’ve also got the Smuggler’s Run to look forward to this weekend, at 12 noon on Saturday 12 September. Teams of smugglers will be trying to evade and outwit the excisemen while carrying barrels across Porlock Marsh. The teams must race from the Top Ship at Porlock to the Bottom Ship at Porlock Weir, fancy dress being optional. There are free drinks for all participants and, for the winners, five litre kegs of Tribute Ale (thanks to St Austell Brewery) and Smugglers Gold tea (thanks to Miles Tea & Coffee). Lots of fun for spectators and the rather crazy participants; it’s not too late to get your team entry in. *** STOP PRESS***! Smugglers Run sadly cancelled due to low number of entries - uh! :(
On 19 and 20 September, from 2-6pm, Porlock opens its gardens to the public and lets us all in for a good snoop, the gardeners have been working hard and every year the reports are fantastic. Tickets are available from the Visitor Centre or in the village for a cost of £5, which is donated to St Margaret’s Hospice. No dogs please.
Finally on Sunday 20 September, we will be out to witness the Porlock Hill Climb cycle race. This is a closed route time trial, covering 4.2 miles of the scenic Porlock Toll Road with an average gradient of 5%, which takes some grit and determination! The main race is followed by a two-mile junior’s version and then the road is opened to families and anyone wishing to enjoy the use of the road while it’s closed to normal traffic; the Porlock Pedal earns all participants a medal, which is kindly sponsored by Miles Tea and Coffee. More information is available at www.porlockhillclimb.co.uk. Let’s hope for some pleasant weather and we’ll hope to see you there!
Oops, I forgot to give you advance warning of the Carnival..! If you know Porlock well then you won’t have missed the annual event, which is undoubtedly the most colourful and dare I say it craziest one of the year. This year was the 30th Anniversary Porlock Carnival and the entries didn’t disappoint. SO much effort had been put into the costumes and the floats, there was a fantastic atmosphere in the village and so many smiley faces; well done Porlock. Some photos from the fantastic Maureen Harvey are included for your perusal, if you’re interested in entering next year you’re very welcome to, the Carnival is open to anyone whether local or visiting and is certainly a memorable event to be a part of.
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