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Doon Valley (Lorna Doon)

Listed under Literary Locations in West Country, United Kingdom.

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Lorna Doon author, Richard D. Blackmore stayed at The Rising Sun Inn, Lynmouth while researching the characters and locations he wanted to use in the book and while no place called Doon Valley existed then, the area around Lank Combe has since pretty much adopted the title (but it’s actually an imaginary place and doesn’t fit the exact descriptions.). Poor Blackmore was persecuted by people wanting to know where he set the book, believing that his descriptions were too good to have been all from his imagination, and his only defence was that he had used a bit of this place and a bit of that. It’s wild beautiful country swept by ocean winds over precarious cliffs perfect for windy walks and musing over dramatic novels. As you can imagine there are plenty of themed tea rooms etc. in the pretty seaside town.

Written by  Sophie Edgerton.

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