Lydford
Lydford
A beautiful village on the very western fringe of Dartmoor National Park. Lydford grew on the site of a Saxon town founded by Alfred the Great in 890 AD. In the centre of Lydford stands a medieval castle that was once infamous a grim gaol. Just behind the parish church of St Petroc are the partial ruins of a Saxon and early Norman earthwork. In the churchyard is the grave of George Routleigh, a watchmaker whose inscribed tombstone (now inside the church) carries a famous verse.
A short walk from the village is the National Trust property of Lydford Gorge, where the swiftly flowing River Lyd passes through a steep-sided valley. Over the course of 1.5 miles, the river has peaceful walks, a dramatic whirlpool known as the Devil's Cauldron, and a 30 metre waterfall known as The White Lady.