Dream drives: Taunton to Porlock Hill

| 11 Mar 2022
Classic & Sports Car – Dream drives: Taunton to Porlock Hill

A good friend to HERO-ERA, the West Country has a wonderful road network hosting many rallies, from one-day Challenge events to the formidable LeJog.

It’s hard to pick a favourite, but route-planner George Mullins suggests picking up the B3224 at Bishop’s Lydeard, north-west of Taunton, and following it to Wheddon Cross.

At that point leave the A3224 and head to Dunkery Beacon. On a clear day the ancient burial mound offers views across to Wales, but on weekends it can be busy with walkers.

Classic & Sports Car – Dream drives: Taunton to Porlock Hill

Heading down, those who want a true taste of rallying should take the hairpin left past Webber’s Post and continue along the narrow road through a water splash.

You’ll be rewarded with another sinuous climb through Dunkery National Nature Reserve, and more great views as the road takes you north.

Dive right off the A39 just after the Ship Inn and treat yourself to the Porlock Hill Toll Road (£3), a highlight of the annual Rally of the Tests.

Although short, it is brilliant fun with its hairpin bends and steep gradient.

From here, there are several routes to explore off the A39: you really can’t go far wrong in this neck of the woods.

Words & images: Will Broadhead, HERO-ERA

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All information correct at date of original publication


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