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Lorna Doone Walks reliving a famous novel
1 hour walks

Three delightful Exmoor walks from Malmsmead exploring the legend of Lorna Doone

There is no pub at Malmsmead

Nearest pub : Pub at Brendon Staghunters Inn

Gift Shop :Lorna Doone Farm

Point of Interest

Lorna Doone Farm
St Mary's Church,Oare
Blackmore Memorial


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Walk 1 to Oare (2.6 miles)

This is a short and easy walk through part of the countryside which inspired R.D. Blackmore to write Lorna Doone.

It follows quiet lanes,tracks and foot paths.

St Mary Church,Oare
St Mary's Church

A At Oare's St Mary Church ,Blackmore's Carver Doone shot Lorna during the wedding ceremony with John Ridd.

Blackmore based Lorna Doone on many of the tales he heard from his father who at one time was rector of Oare Church.

Walk 2 Bagworthy Waters & Medieval Village (4.8 miles)

Explore Doone Valley to the full.

Please note :route offers very little shelter against heavy rain.

A Blackmore Memorial

B Bagworthy Waters

'We knew that it brought a good stream down,as full of fish as of pebbles; and we thought that it must be very pretty to make a way where no way was,nor even a bullock came down to drink.'

Doone Valley

'and yet it was a frightful thing,to venture,where no grown man durst,up the Bagworthy water'

C Unfortunately ,the village ruins are now completely covered by vegetation.

2.6 miles
1 hr
tracks footpaths
country lanes
main roads
0 %
altitude range
72 - 82 m
quality of track

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Walk 3 to Brendon (4.2 miles)

A delightful pub walk from Malmsmead to Brendon following mainly foot & bridle paths.

After heavy rain some stretches can be muddy.

After Brendon,you join the Colredige Way, a long distance hiking route named after the poet Sam Coleridge.

Pub at Brendon Staghunters Inn

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Walk 1

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Walk 2

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Walk 3

 Walks near Malmsmead:
 Porlock & Porlock Weir
Porlock and Porlock Weir,a quiet little harbour nearby,are both popular tourist attractions.
Of the many spectacular coastal walks in Britian,this must rank as one of the top 5 walks!
 Hunters Inn
Hunter's Inn ,a walker's favourite pub,lies secluded in the river Heddon valley.
The historic & picturesque village of Dunster on the edge of Exmoor & the Quantocks makes an ideal centre for walkers.