Lorna Doone Guided Walks

Celebrate 150 years since the publication of Lorna Doone by joining a Guided Walk to view the countryside that inspired the story

We meet at Lorna Doone Farm, with its ancient packhorse bridge and crossing ford, and walk up the Doone valley through pastures alongside the beautiful Badgeworthy water.

You can visit the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone and try climbing up the infamous waterslide that John Ridd scaled to meet Lorna Doone. We then continue through the pages of the novel, enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. We will likely see Exmoor ponies, now an endangered rare breed,and may even spot Red deer, particularly in the Autumn.

We walk to Oare church along an ancient packhorse way to explore the church and see where poor Lorna was shot by the dastardly Carver Doone.

Oare church is at least 800 years old, and mentioned in the Domesday book. There is a wealth of history within its ancient walls, which we will happily explain to you.

We know the places that inspired the story of Lorna Doone, and will safely guide you over some pretty remote country, so that you can confidently enjoy this beautiful landscape.

Walks all start at 10.30am from Malmsmead Gift Shop on the following dates:

4th, 28th, 30th May

3rd, 18th June

14th, 20th July

7th, 13th, 21st, 30th August

Booking essential - call 01643 831759.

Cost: £12 per adult, £8 per child (10-15 years) Dogs on leads welcome


Exmoor and the Quantock Hills are great places to visit all year round and there are events to enjoy whatever the weather. There are a number of annual festivals, plus numerous village fetes, concerts and sporting events. Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills both provide guided walks throughout the year.

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