Proud to be part of the Experience!
Wildaboutexmoor have been chosen to participate in the English National Park initiative to promote our wonderful National Parks both at home and abroad.
A fine day’s walk in the company of R.D.Blackmore and Lorna Doone.
Walk with us through the seaside villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, then enjoy a ride on the Lynton and Barnstaple Steam Railway.
Our Wonderful National Parks!
The English National Parks were first designated after the second world war, mostly in the decade from 1951 to 1961, to celebrate and protect the most scenic and rural parts of the country. Access to all was an important part of their remit, and this policy continues to this day.
We at Wildaboutexmoor are committed to promoting that enjoyment, in as many ways as we can dream up!
Exmoor is one of the most accessible of our National Parks, particularly from London. You can jump on a train at Paddington Station and be in Taunton less than 2 hours later.
It is then best to hire a car for the 45 minute drive into the middle of Exmoor, as then you can really explore the area .Parking is extensive and often free, and you can access some wonderful walks, viewpoints and activities which otherwise would be difficult.
Exmoor’s wonderful scenery and fascinating history has inspired poets and writers across the world.
R.D.Blackmore wrote his epic novel Lorna Doone based on folklore and tales from his childhood. The novel is set amongst the farms and countryside of the Doone Valley, Dulverton and Exford….our home and favourite walking area.
We have created a special, full day itinerary for the National Park Experience Collection.
We meet at Lorna Doone Farm, Malmsmead, and set off up the valley to the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone which sets the scene for our day. The walk follows Badgery Water, past the famous waterslide and further on to an area of wild moorland where the outlawed Doones are thought to have lived. We explore the ruined medieval village, home to a group of hermits long before Blackmore’s time, and enjoy an authentic “John Ridd” picnic with a 360’ view!
“Hot mutton pasty was a thing I had often heard of from very wealthy boys and men; and to hear them talk of it made my lips smack, and my ribs come inwards.”…so said the 12 year old John on his way home from school in Tiverton. We sadly have to forgo the literally gallons of cider that would have washed the pasty down, if we are to remember the rest of the walk!
We make our way back around to Cloud farm, with a cream tea to be enjoyed, and on to Oare church where we can spend as long as you wish recreating the wedding scene where the dastardly Carver Doone shot John’s beautiful bride. The church itself has a fascinating history which we are very happy to share with you.
It is then a short stroll back along footpaths to our cars and a short drive to a local Inn to enjoy that pint of cider or Ale that John and his workers would have enjoyed at the end of a busy day on the farm.
The twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have a rich and fascinating history.
They are also a fine example of Victorian philanthropy, with great architecture largely paid for by Sir George Newnes, making for a very attractive stroll around this historic area.
We start our tour in Lynmouth at the scene on the disastrous flood in 1952, and ascend to Lynton with a ride on the unique water powered cliff railway (February to November)
A spectacular cliff top walk with views to the Welsh coast brings us to “Little Switzerland” and the valley of the Rocks.
We have a good chance of spotting the rare breed feral goats that live in the valley, and there are tales from Lorna Doone to be told as we spy the Devil’s Cheesewring and Castle Rock, summer home of Mother Meldrum.
We enjoy views of the iron age hill fort at Hollerday Hill, site of George Newnes mansion, sadly burnt down in mysterious circumstances, and walk back through the charming back lanes of the town.
We finish our tour with a visit to the venerable old town hall and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, a grade 2* listed building with a 13th century tower and Art Nouveau detailing.
A short road trip takes you to Woody Bay, where your hosts at the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway will see you onto their steam railway train for a relaxing trip back in time.
To finish your splendid Victorian day out you will be treated to a traditional Devonshire cream tea .
Please contact us for group prices (discounted rates) and to create a date if you cannot make one of our preplanned events.
£65.00 per person including lunch and a drink in the pub plus a full days walking. Minimum 2 people.
£25.00 per person for a half days walking including cream tea. Minimum 2 people
Dates are available throughout the year, with group discounts for family and friends just phone 01643 831759 or email us.
£60.00 per person including a cream tea
minimum of 2 people
To book direct please phone 01643 831759 or email with required dates.