2pm Saturday 22nd June 2019

Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore

Join us as Exmoor celebrates the 150th anniversary of R D Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece, beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside. Continuously in print since its first publication in 1869, Lorna Doone has remained perennially popular with a wide readership ever since. . .
We are delighted that Dr Helen Blackman, historian and former archivist at the Exmoor Society will be joining the walk, enhancing our discussion with a more insightful and in-depth historical understanding of the novel and its local setting.

Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon.


Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love - a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence.

If you wish to join the June walk 'tickets' are available direct from Number Seven priced at £12.00 which includes a copy of Lorna Doone. If you already own a much loved copy tickets are £7.00
If you are based further afield but would like to attend we can pop a copy in the post, postage within the UK costs just £3.00, simply contact the shop to make arrangements.
Booking is essential
We will of course depart as usual from outside Number Seven opposite the historic White Horse Inn. . . 
We have teamed up with Loyton Lodge and Knapp House who are offering 10% discount to guests who have booked to join this event. On booking your place with us you will receive the secret code required when arranging your stay. 
We hope you can join us to walk and talk while the buttercups are in bloom
Now does anyone know who is responsible for Lorna's posy of seasonal flowers? It's not us!