Malsmead is a rural hamlet sitting on the border of Somerset and Devon. Nestled in the Exmoor valleys, this spot is a nature lovers paradise. Here you will find yourself surrounded by rolling hills, ancient oaks and pretty rivers. If you want a holiday of bright lights, late nights and bustling highstreets… this is probably not the spot for you. Well, unless the late nights are for stargazing the incredible night skies, or snuggling up in a cosy cottage with a glass of wine or two.
Where is Malmsmead?
Malsmead sits just inland from the Exmoor coastal road between Porlock and Lynton. Simply head away from the sea when you reach County Gate and follow the narrow winding lanes for a few minutes. Malmsmead is around 25 minutes from Porlock and 20 minutes from Lynton
There is a car park, toilets, tea room and gift shop. About 1 mile up the valley, Cloud Farm also serve teas.
The Doone Valley & ‘Lorna Doone’
Malmsmead sits where the small rivers of Oare and Badgworthy (Badgery) meet. Follow Badgery Water upriver to access the beautiful Doone Valley. This area was the focal point for author R. D. Blackmore, in his novel ‘Lorna Doone‘. Published in 1869, this romance is based on historical characters, set in the late 17th century. Wander to the medieval village of Hoccombe Combe and the water slide at Lank Combe, as featured in the novel.
Walks from Malsmead
You will find varied valley and moorland walking from here. Try The Doone Valley from Malmsmead Walk for some inspiration.
Things to do around Malmsmead
Using Malmsmead as a base, there are numerous other things to see and do across Exmoor. Head west to Lynton and Lynmouth to admire these twin towns on the steep Devon coast. Why not visit the vintage cinema or water-powered funicular railway here, or walk through the scenic Valley of the Rocks. The small coastal towns of Porlock and Porlock Weir are a short drive to the east, across the Somerset border. Why not see our various other suggestions things to do across Exmoor.
Places to Stay
There are a number of self-catering holiday cottages in and around Malmsmead if you are looking to stay here to explore Exmoor. Or try cottages in nearby Porlock, Porlock Weir, or across all of Exmoor.