The Lorna Doone Experience
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 with excerpts from the pages of the novel, finding the ruined medieval village where the Doones lived, and enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. Look out for Exmoor ponies, now an endangered rare breed,and we will have a good chance of spotting Red deer, particularly splendid with full antlers, in the Autumn.
We will stop for lunch as John Ridd himself would have, in a sheltered combe, with homemade pasties just as he describes….”to hear (very wealthy boys and men) talk of it made my lips smack, and my ribs come inwards.” A warming homemade soup and focaccia baked that morning, with all produce from our farm and garden, will perk us up for the walk to Oare church along an ancient packhorse way.
We explore the church and see where poor Lorna was shot by the dastardly Carver Doone, then a short stroll back to the car.
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.
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 finish our experience with a convivial pint at The Staghunters inn, another great Exmoor tradition.
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