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Dartmoor in the snow
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...

Falls at Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge

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.

Lydford village gateway
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.

Lydford Castle

A 13th century tower on a mound, built as a prison that became notorious for harsh punishments. The castle is a great spot for picnics and has plenty of space for children to run and play.


It is only one of several interesting historical sites in the village that English Heritage describes further below.

St Petroc's church, Lydford
St Petrock's Church

A small timber church probably stood on the site, built about 650AD. The timber church was probably burnt down by Danish raiders in 997.


It was rebuilt in Norman times, enlarged in the 13th century, and in the 15th century the tower and the south aisle were added.

Lydford Village Shop

Committed to supporting local farmers and food producers, it stocks a wide range of vegetables, meat and dairy products, from the surrounding area. It also sells homemade pasties, sausage rolls and pies, using beef from Marcia and her husband’s family farm.

The Castle Inn

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).

Dartmoor Inn Lydford
The Dartmoor Inn

The Dartmoor Inn is a cosy venue with low ceilings, period features and a lovely roaring fire.


New owners Jay, Tess, Andrew and Jo took over the 16th century inn in July 2019.

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Other places to stay

While both the Castle inn and the Dartmoor Inn also have rooms there are a wide range of other options to stay in the village including a caravan and campsite; hotel; B&B's and self-catered accommodation.

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Lydford Parish Council welcomes you to Lydford, Dartmoor  

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