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Lorna Doone Walks

reliving a famous novel
1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (2.6 miles)Walk 2 (4.8 miles)Walk 3 (4.2 miles)
  to Oare Bagworthy Waters & Medieval Village to Brendon

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

Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • Lorna Doone Farm
  • St Mary's Church, Oare
  • Blackmore Memorial
  • Waterslide
  • Gift Shop :Lorna Doone Farm
parkingMalmsmead Pay & Display
parkingSATNAV Postcode:EX35 6NU

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

The Walk

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.

 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 Britain, 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.
map of lornadoone walk

Map of Walk 1

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.

The Walk

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

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map of lornadoone walk

Map of Walk 2

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 Coleridge Way, a long distance hiking route named after the poet Sam Coleridge.

Pub at Brendon Staghunters Inn

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map of lornadoone walk

Map of Walk 3