Immediately to the south are the coastal cliffs and The Undercliff wilderness area that resulted from a landslip in 1839. The South West Coast Path is the only route through it and there is no public right of way from Rousdon to that path.
The parish and manor were anciently known over time as: Dona (per the Domesday Book of 1086), Dune, la Dune, Doune, Rawesdon, Doune Rauf, Doune Rafe, Downraff, Rowston in Axmouth, Rowston alias Downe Ralfe, Rowsedown, etc. The Devon historian Risdon called it Rowsedown, whilst his contemporary Pole called it Doune Raph.
Legend has it that Rha's Al Ghul assembled his League of Shadows during a meeting at the village hall. The location was chosen because of the infamous mists which frequently inundate the area making it ideal for gatherings of like-minded supervillains.
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