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Lydford Gorge

Lydford village nestles on the western edge of Dartmoor, midway between Tavistock and Okehampton. The village is a picture-postcard scene of granite built period houses and visitors have long flocked to the area to visit the beautiful Lydford Gorge, the South West's deepest gorge with a breathtaking 30m waterfall. Both the gorge and nearby Lydford Forest offer great walks with landscapes which are a real contrast to more rugged moorland walking right on your doorstep in Dartmoor. Within walking distance of the village there are natural pools like Black Rock, an off shot of the River Lyd, popular for cooling off and swimming in summer.

The perfect peaceful Dartmoor retreat, Lydford contains some delightful 16th century inns serving fine food and ales and is a popular stop off point along the West Devon Way, a 37 mile route running from Okehampton in the north to Plymouth in the south. The shorter 4.5 mile section of the route from Lydford to Mary Tavy is a popular local walk. The Granite Way cycle trail also runs from Lydford to Okehampton, forming part of the longer Coast to Coast cycle trail.

Former Stannary Prison Lydford Castle

Former Stannary Prison Lydford Castle

Castle & Saxon Village

During the Anglo-Saxon period Lydford was an important coin minting town producing the Lydford Silver Pennies - Lydford coinage has even been discovered in Denmark. The village has three ancient landmarks including an elevated stone 13th century tower on a mound constructed as a prison and court which in its day had a gruesome reputation for the harshest punishments. An earlier Norman earthwork castle is located to the south of the village and on the northern edge there are Saxon town defences. In the 10th century (891 to 901) King Alfred fortified the town against Viking invasion.

Accommodation in Lydford

  • Mary Tavy   (3.8 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    Traditional Tavistock inn offering super king size en- suite bedrooms, great food and a licensed bar. Onsite parking, beer garden, family- friendly live music & pub quizzes. WiFi.
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  • Peter Tavy   (3.1 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    Historical pub in Tavistock with newly built guest accommodation. Featured in The Good Pub Guide 25 years in a row. Dogs welcome. Free Wi-Fi. On-site parking. Lunch and dinner menu
     
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  • Bridestowe   (1.8 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    Wonderful Silver award winning family farmhouse B&B in Okehampton set in 1.5 acres on the north side of Dartmoor. Dog friendly by arrangement. Excellent breakfasts & evening meals.
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  • Chillaton, Dartmoor   (5.0 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    £308
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    Charming period cottage in Chillaton with two bedrooms, exposed beams, garden with play equipment & Wi-Fi. Parking available in courtyard. Pet friendly by arrangement.
     
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  • Dippertown   (5.1 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    £314
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    Self-catering cottage in Dippertown within easy reach of a range of popular attractions and amenities. Off-road parking available. Ideal for a romantic getaway.
     
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  • Lewdown   (5.0 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    A detached holiday cottage for the discerning client, furnished and equipped to a very good standard throughout, it stands adjacent to the owner’s property. It is quietly situat...
     
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  • Lewdown   (5.0 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    Self-catering holiday cottage in Lewdown. Accommodation in a peaceful location, with pretty gardens and with easy access to Dartmoor National Park and the coast.
     
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  • Lewdown   (3.3 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    Surrounded by the hills of Dartmoor, Lewtrenchard Manor offers luxurious accommodation in a magnificent Jacobean house. Views from the glorious gardens stretch far over the park...
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  • Lake   (2.6 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    Set in a charming Devon longhouse dating back to the 13th century, this inn is located between Dartmoor’s Okehampton and Tavistock in the hamlet of Lake. It offers cosy accommod...
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  • Lewdown   (3.0 miles from the centre of Lydford)
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    Charming Okehampton B&B offering easy access onto Dartmoor & nearby attractions. Ideal for romantic breaks, and serving home cooked breakfasts every morning. Free WIFI available.
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