A small settlement at the confluence of the Oare and Badgworthy (Badgery) Waters on the Devon/Somerset border. It is at the entrance to the Doone Valley which was used by R. D. Blackmore as the location for his well known novel Lorna Doone.

The hamlet of Malmsmead is in the parish of Oare on the border of Devon and Somerset.  The Doone valley can be accessed by following the Badgery Water upriver. There is also a memorial to Blackmore by the path up the valley. Malmsmead can easily be accessed from the Coleridge Way by crossing the footbridge instead of carrying along the north side of the river.


  • Access to the beautiful Doone Valley with varied walks in valley and moorland.
  • Picturesque bridge and ford as you come to Malmsmead
  • Connections to many of the places found within the novel Lorna Doone such as the medieval village at Hoccombe Combe and the water slide at Lank Combe.
  • Facilities including tea rooms, gift shop, toilets and car park at Malmsmead. Teas are also available at Cloud Farm about 1 mile up the valley.


A National Park Local Information Point at County Gate on the hill overlooking Malmsmead.

Tourist Information Centres at Porlock and Lynton and Exmoor Park Centre at Lynmouth all about 7 miles away.

Villages along the Coleridge Way

Villages along the Coleridge Way

Find more Villages along the Coleridge Way