Skip to content
Riverside pathway in the Lorna Doone Valley, Exmoor
Riverside pathway in the Lorna Doone Valley | © National Trust Images/Mark Johnson

Doone Valley circular walk and ride

Take a wander, on foot or on horseback, along this circular riverside walk in the Lorna Doone Valley in Devon made famous by the novel of the same name. Discover woodlands, the medieval village of Badgworthy, and pass a memorial to Lorna Doone author, R.D. Blackmore

View or download a print-friendly version of this trail

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Lorna Doone Farm, grid ref: SS791478.

Step 1

From the main car park turn left onto the road and then after 25m turn right to follow the road uphill. There is a permissive path marked on your left, which has a toll but don't follow this.

Step 2

After around 300m you'll come to a bridleway on your left, take this to continue upstream with the river on your left-hand side. Follow this for around 3km passing Cloud Farm campsite and the memorial to Richard Doddridge Blackmore. Then head through Badgworthy Wood until you reach the site of the medieval village of Badgworthy.

Step 3

At the medieval settlement the bridleway goes round to the right and up over Brendon Common. Follow this bridleway for 2km until you reach a crossroad.

Step 4

At the crossroad turn right (signposted towards Malmsmead) and continue for around 2km until the bridleway reaches the road.

Step 5

When you reach the road turn left.

Step 6

Continue on this road for about 200m until you reach a bridleway on your right-hand side. Follow this and head into Southern Wood. Continue following this bridleway through the woodland.

Step 7

When you reach the road cross over to get back to the car park.

End point

Lorna Doone Farm, grid ref: SS791478.

Trail map

Doone Valley circular walk trail map
Doone Valley circular walk trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

You made it

Share your experience

More near here

A stone bridge and ford surrounded by grassy hills and trees at Malsmead in the Lorna Doone Valley, Devon

Lorna Doone Valley short river walk 

A tranquil stroll along Badgworthy Water through the picturesque Lorna Doone Valley to the memorial to the author of Lorna Doone R.D.Blackmore.

DistanceMiles: 2 (km: 3.2)
Foreland Lighthouse holiday cottage

Cloud Farm Campsite to Foreland Point walk 

This circular trail begins with a stroll along the East Lyn River, before taking in breathtaking views at Foreland Point and County Gate.

DistanceMiles: 11 (km: 17.6)

Get in touch

Lorna Doone Farm, Malmsmead, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NU

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

A group of hikers exploring a hilly landscape on a sunny winters day.


This National Walking Month, explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.

A group of people in a hiking group are being guided on a hike by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Cotswold Outdoor: our exclusive walking partner 

Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon

Staying safe at National Trust places 

The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.

Man on a mountain bike in the woods

Things to do in Lorna Doone Valley 

Discover this hidden valley in Exmoor, made famous by R.D. Blackmore in his novel Lorna Doone and home to a wide variety of wildlife such as red deer and Exmoor ponies.

Visitors exploring the rocks in the Owler Tor area of Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire

Outdoor activities 

Searching for a new outdoor activity to try? Discover the best places in our care for outdoor activities, including off-road cycle tracks, walking trails and lakes and coastlines for water sports.

Family walking on the estate at Arlington Court, Devon.

Walking in Devon 

From rugged coastline with captivating views to gentle woodland strolls, these are some of the best walks in Devon this winter.