Porlock - Hawkcombe Stream

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Hawkcombe Water rises at Hawkcombe Head high on Porlock Common at an elevation of close to 1400 feet. Flowing easterly through a steep sided combe it reaches its confluence with waters that flow through Shillett Combe. Flowing on through Homebush Wood it reaches Hawkcombe, from where the flow turns to the north before it reaches Porlock where it is culverted to run beneath the main road. From Porlock the waters continue in a northerly direction to reach Porlock Salt Marsh and then the sea. From source to sea the waters journey close to 4 miles. The usual range of the Hawkcombe Stream at Parsons Street is between 0.01m and 0.50m. It has been between these levels for 90% of the time since monitoring began. The typical recent level of the Hawkcombe Stream at Parsons Street over the past 12 months has been between 0.02m and 0.04m. It has been between these levels for at least 321 days in the past year. The highest level ever recorded at the Hawkcombe Stream at Parsons Street is 0.21m, reached on Sunday 16th February 2020 at 4:30am. This camera was installed and is maintained by the Environment Agency and can be viewed here All  content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0 Porlock is a coastal village in Somerset, 5 miles  west of Minehead. It has a population of 1,440. In 2010, Porlock had the most elderly population in Britain, with over 40% being of pensionable age. East of the village is Bury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort. There is evidence for 10th or 11th century origin for the name Porlock as Portloc or Portloca meaning enclosure by the harbour, from the Old English port and loca. and in the Domesday Book the village was known as 'Portloc'. Porlock was part of the hundred of Carhampton. The area has links with several Romantic poets, and R. D. Blackmore, the author of Lorna Doone, and is popular with visitors.