Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor remains one of the most breathtaking and majestic areas in the UK. Almost 1000km² of carefully preserved and maintained natural beauty.
It's moorland, Tors, Rivers, woodland and unique beauty appeal to walkers, cyclists, horse riders, photographers, painters, poets, authors...
Lydford Gorge is the deepest gorge in the South-west and boasts a majestic thirty meter waterfall along side fascinating wildlife.
Regardless of the season TheNational Trust make sure that The Lydford Gorge remains breathtaking and well worth a day out.
The Granite Way
The Granite Way from Lydford to Okehampton is part of the Sustrans long distance Coast to Coast cycle route 27.
With the spectacular Meldon Viaduct, the tallest steel viaduct in the country, and the grand Lake Viaduct, it is one of the most popular cycle routes in the country.
This 16th century Inn and restaurant was used during the filming of the 1980's version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles". Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have approved as he and another local notary, the Reverend Baring Gould were regular visitors to their friend, Mr T.H. Radford(who gave the gorge to The National Trust in 1943).
Mr Radford's country residence, Bridge House, was just over the bridge from the church. It was the stable block and walled rose garden that now form The National Trust Shop and car park. It is likely that Conan Doyle would have visited the Castle Inn.
The Dartmoor Inn is a cosy venue with low ceilings, period features and a lovely roaring fire. It was recently awarded a Michelin award for being one of the best eateries in the area:
"Classic dishes are satisfying and full of flavour and there is an emphasis on local produce..."
The Dartmoor Inn also boasts several spacious, elegant bedrooms for those hoping to stay a while longer.
This year saw the grand opening of the Lydford Village Farm Shop. It's a great place to grab the supplies you need for a long walk, that essential ingredient you can't find in the cupboard or a quick pasty and a coffee before work.
It also boasts a butcher's counter selling the highest quality meats from the local area...and great sausages.