The Lorna Doone Tour
A full day exploring the various haunts and references in the book, including Dulverton, Oare and the Doone Valley.
RD Blackmore and his wife, Lucy, came to Exmoor in 1865 to research the details for Lorna Doone, which was published 4 years later.
You can visit the Royal Oak at Withypool, where there is a framed letter from the Blackmores to the landlord reading “it will give me great pleasure to be with you (if possible) at the time you mention. But I am so terribly pressed this week that I cannot be certain of the pleasure”. (The pace of life was no different back then!)
Or the Rising Sun at Lynton and the (Upper)Ship at Porlock and imagine the author staying at those historic hostelleries whilst thinking of and writing his much loved book.
Tom Faggus, the highwayman, in real life was captured in the Anchor at Exebridge and taken to be hanged at Taunton. His faithful strawberry roan mare “Winnie” was shot, so I’m glad that RDB gave them a happier ending!
Aggie Norman, of Lynton was reported to be a witch and used to live seasonally nearby in the Valley of the Rocks. She died in 1860 at the age of 83 and is considered to be the inspiration for Mother Meldrum, after whom the tea room is named.
This tour is geared to your personal requirements and can include walking as far or as little as you wish.