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Porlock Weir, Exmoor, England

I don’t know what it is about pebbly beaches and wooden groynes but, as a landscape photographer, this combination creates an instant attraction for me. The Exmoor coastline is fairly inaccessible in most places but here at Porlock Weir I can get right down to the sea shore to photograph wide angled, atmospheric seascapes.

The main feature of Porlock Weir is its attractive tidal harbour which contains a flotilla of home based yachts. The yachts are a permanent feature, increasing in number during the summer months. Behind the harbour, waterside hotel and shops is a steep wooded hill covered with deciduous trees. During autumn the colours are stunning, and through the spring and early summer there must be hundreds of varieties of green shades in the trees. This small port has existed for over one thousand years; early records show it was pillaged by Vikings and visited by the Danes in 86AD. Also, it was used as a cargo port in World War 2 to ship timber. Surrounding the harbour are little photogenic grade 2 listed cottages dating back to the 17th century, some with traditional thatched roofs. At low tide the eerie remains of...

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