Lydford Gorge Reviews
Lydford - Castle, Church and Gorge - and pub Nov 14, 2010
The village of Lydford is on the far west side of Dartmoor National Park roughly half way between Tavistock and Okehampton. It was set up by Alfred the Great in Saxon times for defence against the Vikings. The castle, however, was used as a prison for much of its history. It is open free (care needed) but its history is more interesting than the building. In particular it served as both court and prison for the stannary laws, which were those related to tin mining.
These were very harsh and the part of the website relating to them is particularly interesting.
The Church, St Petroc(k)'s, is worth a visit, its particular interest lying in the great carvings on the end of the pews.
Lydford Gorge is nothing as a gorge compared with the Colca or Grand canyons, being only about a mile and a half long valley between limestone walls - but its very narrowness makes it mightily impressive none the less. It need not be dangerous with reasonable care but it is slippery and uneven in places and children need supervision. When I went, it was of little use to the disabled but the wesite makes it sound as if this has improved and is improving - so it may be worth a phone call.
And the pub? You may well like a meal or at least a drink before leaving and the Castle Inn is quite delightful.
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