What Lydford and its Environs Offer
Lydford is an Anglo-Saxon Village whose roads and paths have remained very much
unchanged for more than 1000 years. It has a fine church, the clearly defined site
of an early Norman fort, a well preserved 12th-century castle (used as a notorious
Middle-Ages prison), a runic stone commemorating the Viking invasion of Lydford in
AD 997 and still intact Anglo-Saxon earth-bank defences.
There are also the spectacular Lydford Gorge, owned and run by the National Trust,
and several other National Trust properties, such as Buckland Abbey, Cotehele House
and Castle Drogo, all of which can easily be visited by car from Heathergate-Lydford.
Lydford is ideal for those who like to walk on the slopes and tors of the
Dartmoor National Park, and horse-riding and golf facilities are available in the area.
For eating out in Lydford, the "Castle Inn", the "Dartmoor Inn" and the "Fox & Hounds"
offer a wide range of excellent food.
The historic and pretty towns of Okehampton and Tavistock are each only about
six miles away, and the cities of Plymouth (25 miles) and Exeter (30 miles) are
also easily accessible by road.
Lydford is nearly equidistant between the north and south coasts of Devon and near to
the border with Cornwall. Beautiful coastal villages such as Boscastle, Clovelly &
Tintagel in the north, and Kingsand, Cawsand & Polperro in the south are also
easily reached. A drive of little more than an hour, mostly along the A30 trunk road,
will take you to the famous Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.