Doone Valley circular
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This 12.5km circular walk starts and finishes in the picturesque hamlet of Malmsmead, located in the Exmoor National Park on the border of Somerset and Devon. The route follows the Doone Valley along Badgworthy Water up through Badgworthy Wood as far as the medieval settlement of Lacoma before ascending and circling around across open moorland before dropping back down to Oare Church following the East Lyn tributary, Oare Water, back to Malmsmead.
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking.
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: Proper walking trousers. Breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Food & drink
Please bring snacks for energy, plenty of water for hydration and a packed lunch. There is a National Trust tea room in Malmsmead, which may have some snacks/drinks available if you need any extras before the walk starts, as well as a post walk drinks.