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