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The most westerly parish in Somerset situated in the valley of the Oare Water about 5 miles west of Lynton. The name derives from Are, meaning boundary, and it is mentioned in the Domesday Book as such.

The parish consists of a scattered settlement, including the hamlets of Oareford and Malmsmead, along the steep and secluded valley of the Oare and Weir Waters before they join Badgery Water to become the East Lyn River. The village can be reached by a short detour from the Coleridge Way.

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