Adventure-filled walk re-enacts dramatic Lorna Doone story
EXPLORING the dramatic and colourful local history of North Devon and Exmoor sounds like it will be exhilarating fun for all the family when the North Devon National Trust present two big adventure walks this August.
Both the Lorna Doone Adventure Walk and the Smugglers and Wreckers Adventure Walk celebrate the area's real and imagined colourful past and take place against dramatic natural scenery that creates its own atmospheric backdrop.
New Lorna Doone Adventure Walk:
THE classic story of R D Blackmore's Lorna Doone: A Romance On Exmoor will be thrillingly retold during a two-hour family adventure walk through the East Lyn Valley along the magical River Lyn.
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Adventure, love, revenge and retribution all play their part in this turbulent tale as professional storyteller, Captain Of The West, and the National Trust Rangers bring the story to life before your eyes.
Walkers should look out for Tom Faggus the highwayman, Mother Meldrum the local witch, and the dastardly Doones, a lawless family who terrorised the local area.
Will the faithful John Ridd ever marry his beautiful Lorna Doone or will Carver Doone ensure that all ends in violence and tragedy?
The Lorna Doone Adventure Walk is on August 14. The walk will begin at Watersmeet House and Tea Gardens near Lynton at 2pm. Cost: £6 (adult), £3 (child). Not suitable for children under 6 years, or buggies.
Bookings: 01598 763402. Bookers will be entitled to a 20 per cent discount on a single transaction, so ideal for an early lunch or a browse in the shop before the walk.
Wreckers and Smugglers Adventure Walk:
LURING their victims on to the fiercely jagged rocks off Morte Point with deceitful lanterns, wreckers plundered the damaged ships for treasure and precious cargo often leaving the crew to drown or worse.
The treacherous waters and rough seas off the North Devon coast provided the perfect hunting for these scoundrels.
Once again, Captain Of The West and his cast of costumed characters will bring these old stories to life during an atmospheric evening walk around Mortehoe.
Much of this part of the coast has strong historical associations with smuggling, wrecking and shipwrecks, as can be seen by the names given to many of our coastal coves such as Brandy Cove, Breakneck Point and Damage Cliffs.
The wreckers of Mortehoe, in particular, were greatly feared by sailors.
Bull Point Lighthouse, erected in 1879, was built partly in response to a plea by local ship-owners and merchants who were terrified of the "barbarous conduct of lawless wreckers".
Wreckers And Smugglers Adventure Walk is on August 15, 7pm to 9pm at Mortehoe. Cost: £6 (adult), £3 (child). Bookings: 01598 763402. Meet at Mortehoe Museum in the village car park. Take a torch.