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St Mary, Oare

St Mary, Oare, Nr Lynton, Somerset EX35 6NX View on map

Small Exmoor parish church located in the Doone Valley, attracting many visitors as the scene of the marriage of Jan Ridd in Blackmore's book 'Lorna Doone'. Notable features include Norman circular font, unusual, possibly 15th century piscina in the form of a man's head clasped between hands. Good collection of painted 18th century slate tablets to Spurry family.


  • Grant Recipient: St Mary's PCC
  • Contact for access: Mr Graham Story
  • 01643-862906

Opening Arrangements

All year: daily 10am - 5pm in Summer, 10am - 4pm in Winter. Key holder - telephone 01598 741205.


Off A39 signposted Oare and Malmsmead. Rail: Barnstaple (18 miles), Taunton (24 miles). Bus: route 39 Minehead to Lynton/Lymmouth, stops approximately 1 mile from Oare.

Parking Spaces


Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: No
  • Assistance dogs: Yes