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Lydford, Devon, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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National Park: Dartmoor
AONB: Tamar Valley
Towns/Villages: Tavistock, Okehampton

Magnificent gorge
Small, attraction-packed village on the western fringe of Dartmoor National Park.

We recommend visiting for the National Trustís Lydford Gorge and Waterfall alone. Thereís a wonderful circular walk that follows the heavily wooded flank of the gorge before descending to the River Lyd and the bottom of the highest natural waterfall in South West England (see Canonteign Falls for a higher, in parts man-made, waterfall).

Lydford Castle
The village is also home to the 'notorious medieval prison' Lydford Castle. Once described as 'one of the most hanious, contagious and detestable places in the realm', the castle is next to Lydford St Petroc's Church. Okehampton Castle and the Museum of Dartmoor Life are in Okehampton to the north east.

Pubs, walking and cycling
Stop off at the pub if you're on the West Devon Way or Granite Way. Dartmoor's high moors are to the east. Check out our 'Top 10 Tors' for recommendations.

Tamar Valley
Last, take some time to explore the Tamar Valley AONB. It's exceptionally beautiful and is home to some cracking attractions.


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Located in Lydford, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

The Castle Inn is located next to English Heritage's Lydford Castle on the broad, ancient street that runs through the centre of Lydford. There's a reasonably large car park across the road. The National Trust's Lydford...

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Lydford Castle

Located in Lydford, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

A 'notorious medieval prison'. 'One of the most hanious, contagious and detestable places in the realm' (see Wikipedia link below). To the far west of Dartmoor National Park. By James Penman...

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Located in Lydford, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Lydford was once an important Saxon burgh or fortified town. It was the seat of local government and a Royal Mint. In 997, Vikings made their way up the Tamar Valley to plunder its wealth. Local people headed for the pro...

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Fox & Hounds Hotel, Okehampton
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Star Rating

Approximately 1.2 miles away.

Total Rooms: 9; Rates: £40 - £120 Per Night

Situated on the edge of North Dartmoor between Tavistock and Okehampton, this family-run hotel with la carte restaurant is open all year round...

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Lydford Country House, Okehampton
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Approximately 2.6 miles away.

Total Rooms: 13; Rates: £65 - £125 Per Night

Set amongst 8 acres of beautiful grounds within Dartmoor National Park, this impressive Victorian country house offers 4-star accommodation and a superb restaurant Lydford Castle is close by...

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Collaven Manor Hotel, Okehampton
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Approximately 3.1 miles away.

Total Rooms: 9; Rates: £58 - £140 Per Night

Well linked to the M5, this 15th-century manor house stands in 4 acres of gardens, with glorious countryside views and a rich history Collaven Manor is in the North West of Dartmoor...

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