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Romancing the Browns Print E-mail

A photographic journal.
by Henry Gilbey
From the 2009 Expeditions & Guides Annual.


 The English chalkstreams may get the press, but the wild freestone rivers win hearts.

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Especially the little Lynn, rushing through Exmoor to the sea. For this is the river of R. D. Blackmore’s
timeless Lorna Doone, where now as then there are “plenty of fish all down this way, and the farther
you go the larger they get.”

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Not much has changed along the River Lynn since 1685, when a young farmer called John Ridd came
this way bringing the lovely Lorna Doone a pearl ring and the beautiful gift “of a dozen and a
half of small trout from our brook.” Then as now, the Lynn is “as full of fish as of pebbles.”

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