Local Attractions

Being in a prime location we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and all that goes along with it, picturesque scenery, ancient castles and churches and much more.

Within Lydford

Lydford Gorge

The deepest gorge in the South of England which stretches one and a half miles from the west end of Lydford Village. Take the three and a half mile round trip walk leaving on the high path looking down into the gorge, eventually reaching the famous 90ft “White Lady” waterfall. Return on the low path directly beside the river Lyd crashing down through the gorge, rising slowly to visit “The Devils Cauldron” whirlpool. There are National Trust refreshment tea rooms and parking at both ends of the gorge. Note: This walk is fairly strenuous. Good footwear and reasonable health are essential.

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Lydford Castle

Found between the church and the Castle Inn in the west of the village. The circa 9thC Lydford Castle  (actually an ancient prison) is maintained by English Heritage. In this area there are the remains of several other settlements, still partially visible, that pre-date the Castle by many hundreds of years.

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Lydford Church

Beautiful and fascinating church with massive history. Found at the west end of the village. You can learn a lot about the area and the village with a walk round the church yard and buildings.

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Lydford Viaduct

Found just a few hundred yards from the site, the viaduct crosses the River Lyd just as it dives down towards the gorge. Marvel at the superb stone construction from below and watch the Lyd waters accelerating past the 80ft tall central pillar. A very pleasant 30 minute stroll with the dog on a summer evening!

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Granite Way

The Granite Way is a mostly traffic-free, 11-mile cycle and walk way from Okehampton to Lydford and forms part of the National Cycle Network. Offering an ever-changing panorama – from moorland to rolling hills in the distance, massive viaducts at Lake and Meldon, the Meldon reservoir, quarry and railway sidings all with wildlife in abundance.

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Dartmoor

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park has a beautiful moorland landscape with wooded valleys and wind-swept “Tors”. Walkers’ paradise or try the popular pass time of Letterboxing (a form of orienteering). Clues are sold for charity at site reception. Local to the site are some of the highest and most interesting “Tors”. Correct walking attire, map and compass are essential for walking any distances on Dartmoor, or stay close to a parking area and see the wide variety of free range wildlife that’s waiting to meet you. Visit the “Moorland Visitor Centre” in Princetown; interactive information centre tells you everything you need to know about Dartmoor. Free admission.

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Dartmoor Prison (Princetown)

Princetown is home to Dartmoor Prison and its fascinating museum. Visit also the Moorland Centre, the official visitor and information centre for Dartmoor.

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Dartmoor Railway

Dartmoor Railway has recently re-opened and commenced passenger trips to Meldon. It is intended in the near future to connect with main line services at Yeoford Halt.

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Towns and Cities

Tavistock

Tavistock is known as the nicest town in Devon and certainly lives up to its reputation. It has much historical interest, great shopping, an indoor pannier market Tuesday to Saturday and a farmers’ market 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. There always seems to be something going on from food and wine fairs to the famous Goosey Fair held in October. The River Tavy tumbles down from Dartmoor straight through the centre of town. The old tin miners’ canal runs alongside. There is a great indoor freeform swimming pool and the Wharf entertainment centre hosts live shows, plays and cinema days.

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Okehampton

Okehampton is 7 miles north of Lydford, just north of the A30. The small shopping centre has three supermarkets with parking and other retail establishments to suit most needs. There is ample car parking (pay and display). There are several rivers and streams locally tumbling in falls through the town. There is a small mutiplex cinema, sports centre, and swimming pool. Okehampton Castle ruins are nearby as are many walks and parks climbing from the lower slopes of Dartmoor.

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Plymouth

The city of Plymouth has something for everyone, with vast shopping areas and visitor attractions. Most famous for its Royal Navy docks and connections and Plymouth Hoe. Take the bus from site or use park and ride on the outskirts of the city. Parking is expensive and difficult in the city centre.

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National Trust

National Trust

We are well served with an interesting variety of properties all within a reasonable distance.

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Cothele House and Gardens

Wonderful historic and unspoilt property with vast gardens. Walk down to the quayside, visit the maritime museum and further on the working water driven mill.

Buckland Abbey

Another beautiful but different house and gardens. Once home to Sir Francis Drake.

Finch Foundry:

Step back in time to visit this working water powered foundry. Talks and demonstrations daily. Take a walk around Sticklepath village while you are there.

Castle Drogo

The last castle ever completed in the UK. Great gardens and views coupled with this unusual property make for a memorable visit.

Activities

Horse Riding

Award winning Cholwell Riding Stables offers riding for all abilities directly on to Dartmoor. Lydford House Hotel offers temporary stabling in the village.

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Fishing

There are no end of fishing opportunities within a short distance. The below web site is useful as are the many other Tavistock and Dartmoor web sites.

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Cycle Routes

Click the link below to find local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network around Lydford. The National Cycle Network is a groundbreaking project providing over 10,000 miles of safe and attractive cycling and walking routes throughout the UK. The project is coordinated by Sustrans, the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity.

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Attractions

Widecombe in the Moor

Lovely village in the middle of the moor. Famous for Widecombe Fair and the song “Uncle Tom Cobley”.

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Dingles Steam Museum and National Fun Fair Heritage

This is one for a rainy day. Vast and fascinating indoor collection of steam engines, machinery and memorabilia. Also home to a complete and working steam funfair housed in a massive hanger. Fun for all the family.

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Windford Walled Garden

Winsford Walled Garden, situated between Okehampton & Holsworthy, is home to the best, most innovative and most ornate Victorian greenhouses anywhere in the South West of England – and they’re made from 130 year-old Burmese teak – so no painting required. Wander inside the greenhouses to view glorious displays of bougainvillea and tropical hibiscus. Long before you reach the greenhouses, you will be enthralled by the garden borders, the bamboo grove, massive gunnera manicata (giant Brazilian rhubarb) and the many features of the gardens.

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The Eden Project

The Eden Project is one of the West Country’s most spectacular visits. An easy one hour drive from site will provide an exciting and fabulous day out for all the family.

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Brentor Church

Take the road west through the village taking the “back way” to Tavistock. After about 5 miles you will see a tiny church perched high up on a rock. Stop and park in the car park. Cross the road and take the winding path up to see the real beauty of the church and take in yet more stunning views. Due to its location, the church has appeared in a number of Spooky! films as it is often encircled by its own little mist cloud.

Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast – Heathergate

Just 1km from the campsite, Heathergate is a modern farmhouse set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. They offer comfortable bed and breakfast holiday accommodation in our family run farm, which has outstanding views across Wiggerty and Blackdown. Open all year for bed and breakfast, Heathergate has two bedrooms and is in a very quiet location. Heathergate is inspected by Dartmoor Partnership, and is an ideal base for holidays in West Devon, Dartmoor, the Tamar Valley and Cornwall.

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Holiday Cottage for 2 – Lot Cottage

“Lot Cottage is a beautiful and cosy former shippon, now restored and ideally situated for one or two people to enjoy the wonderful area that is Dartmoor.”

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Caravan and Camping

The Caravan Club

“The widest choice of 200 Club sites and 2,500 privately owned places to stay. We support you with expert advice, great value overseas travel services, superb financial services, exclusive member offers and discounts and much more.”

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“Tents, caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents, you name it we love them and we get millions of visitors each month. You don’t have to be a member to use the site, but it’s free, and easy, and has many benefits.”

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UK Camping and campsites have changed with so many great locations to choose from all over the UK and Ireland. From seaside locations to the peace and tranquillity of our 15 National Parks, you will be spoilt for choice, so many of the sites we have listed are family friendly with great facilities for both adults and kids.”

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