Lydford, Dartmoor National Park

Lydford, Dartmoor National Park
  • Amazing village on the western border of the National Park sat below the wild, western flank of Dartmoor
  • Visit Lydford Gorge (National Trust) and Lydford Castle (English Heritage)
  • Relax in The Castle Inn village pub which is next to Lydford Castle (English Heritage)
  • Enjoy the circular walk in Lydford Gorge (National Trust) and then head out onto the high moor. Great Links Tor is particularly impressive on the western side of the National Park. Dartmoor's highest ground at High Willhays and Yes Tor is near Lydford. Walk up from the car parking area at Meldon Reservoir. The Lichway/Lych Way long distance walking route runs to the heart of Dartmoor from Lydford St Petroc's Church
  • Cycle the Granite Way past Meldon Reservoir and over Meldon Viaduct to Okehampton. The multi-use recreation route provides top views of Dartmoor's high moor. Looking up at Yes Tor from Meldon Viaduct is a highlight
  • Main photo: Lydford Castle (English Heritage) in the centre of the village


Where is Lydford in Dartmoor National Park?

Lydford is located on the western border of Dartmoor between the gateway towns Okehampton and Tavistock. The village is just off the A386.


Why holiday or weekend break in Lydford?

To help you choose Lydford, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


The National Trust's Lydford Gorge

Experience the National Trust's Lydford Gorge (National Trust) and its Lydford Gorge White Lady Waterfall. There's the brilliant Lydford Gorge Circular Walk to enjoy. The noise of the water flowing through the upper section of the gorge can be intoxicating.

Other National Trust properties in the area include Finch Foundry (National Trust), Castle Drogo (National Trust), Buckland Abbey (National Trust), Saltram House and Cotehele House.

National Trust land includes the stunning The Dewerstone and Teign Gorge (National Trust).


English Heritage's Lydford Castle

Visit English Heritage's Lydford Castle (English Heritage).

Find the Battle of Lydford Memorial, Lydford Viking Rune Stone and the remains of Lydford The Norman Castle behind the church.


The Castle Inn

Lunch in Lydford The Castle Inn.


The Granite Way

Cycle, or walk, the Granite Way that runs between Lydford and Okehampton.

If cycling's your thing, also ride Drake's Trail between Tavistock and Plymouth.

You might also want to try mountain biking the Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes up at Princetown.



Try the Great Links Tor Circular Walk.

Explore Meldon Reservoir and summit Yes Tor and High Willhays. We'd recommend the Dartmoor's Highest Points Circular Walk (High Willhays/Yes Tor).

For an adventure, follow the Lichway/Lych Way.


Outdoor activities

Enjoy Dartmoor's outdoor activities.

Go horse riding from Cholwell Farm Riding Stables.

Try climbing, bouldering, wild swimming and canoeing. Browse our Best Dartmoor Outdoor Activities listing for further information.


Discover Okehampton

Visit English Heritage's Okehampton Castle (English Heritage) and spend half a day in Okehampton's Museum of Dartmoor Life where you can learn about Dartmoor's prehistory and history.


Dartmoor's prehistory

Once you've visited the Museum of Dartmoor Life, experience some of Dartmoor's internationally important prehistoric sites. English Heritage's Merrivale (English Heritage) is a must.

We'd also suggest you read the displays about Dartmoor's prehistory in both the Princetown National Park Visitor Centre and the Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre.


Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Owing to its location to the west of the Park, take the opportunity to discover the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Tavistock is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other highlights include Morwellham Quay, the National Trust's Cotehele House and the beautiful Calstock. Those looking for adventure should try the Tamar Trails Centre.


The Cornwall and Devon coastlines

Head west to the North Cornwall coast or south to Plymouth. The vast low tide sand beach running north of Bude is wonderful. Plymouth is a fascinating and beautiful city. It's also home to the National Marine Aquarium which is great for a rainy day.


Local towns and villages

To the north east try Okehampton.

To the south try Tavistock.