The site of an Anglo-Saxon town set up in about 890 AD by Alfred the Great. It was one of his strategic centres to defend his country from the Vikings and the Cornish on the other side of the nearby River Tamar. Lydford became an important coin-minting town, producing the famous Lydford Silver Pennies.
Of particular interest in the village are the Anglo-Saxon defence wall, the very fine St. Petrock’s Church, the Norman Castle, the prison and the massive and spectacular granite viaduct of the former Exeter-Plymouth railway line, now the start of the cycle track taking you across the Dartmoor via Meldon reservoir to Okehampton. (Cycle hire can be arranged.)
The village also has two pubs, The Castle and the Dartmoor Inn, both provide excellent food and can be recommended for lunch.
The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30m Whitelady waterfall close to Whitelady House. Descend down the steps to Devil's Cauldron and out over the water; the dark dripping rocks all around you with the water bubbling beneath your feet.