A fantastic 5.2 mile walk with some good climbs and some great views. Parking can be found in the public car park at Porlock Weir and the trail followed from just past it. Beware of taking the trail out behind the pub as it doesn't lead anywhere.
The route takes you past the gatehouse for the toll road and climbs up through an ancient oak forest, via some old tunnels, created as follies, before levelling out and heading round to Culbone through some lovely, mossy woodland. As you drop down towards Culbone, there used to be a small, unmanned tea house with refreshments, homemade cakes and an honesty tray. Sadly this seems to have gone (2013) which is a great shame. The old mill is still there though as is Culbone Church, said to be the smallest in England. The fascinating history of Culbone can be read at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culbone
From the old mill, the track leads off and can be followed towards Lynmouth or, as in this case, can be left to climb back out of the valley and onto a small, quiet road back towards Porlock Weir.
The woodland diversion is a greta way to leave the tarmac but the left turn to wind your way back down the hill can be tricky to spot. Trust your GPS.