Best Lydford Walks

Dartmoor Ponies Walk 2
1 hour walks
Walk 1 (6.1 miles)Walk 2 (6.8 miles)Walk 3 (2.3 miles)
Dartmoor & Lydford CastleWheal Jewell reservoirLydford Gorge

Great walks from a village on the edge of Dartmoor beleaguered by the Vikings.

Point of Interest Lydford Castle
Lydford Saxon Spring, Saxon Town Wall
Viking Rune near the Church

Walk 1 Dartmoor & Lydford Castle (6.1 miles)

Lydford Castle
Lydford Castle


A delightfully varied walk,  not too strenuous,  around Lydford with spectacular views of Dartmoor.

It also passes Bridestowe disused railway station, a spring and wall dating back to the Saxons and a large slab containing a Viking rune, both near the church.

This slab commemorates the Viking's unsuccessful siege of Lydford's castle and was given a thousand years later in 1997 by the friends of Scandinavia as a token of goodwill!

Apparently, the Lydford citizens were not deterred by the Vikings' display of pomp and might and were able to fend off numerous attacks.

The walk can start at Lydford or car park 2 - see below - and follows bridle paths and public footpaths.

There are some muddy stretches out of Lydford , particularly after heavy rainfall.

Fox & Hounds almost half way on junction with A386.

The Castle Inn , Lydford

  • Free Car Park in Lydford opposite pub
  • Car Park outside Lydford off A386
  • SATNAV Postcode:EX20 4B
  • Carpark outside Lydford EX20 4AY
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Map of Walk 1

Start of first walk

Walk 2 to Wheal Betsy (6.8 miles)


Point of InterestWheal Jewell reservoir, Wheal Betsy
Brentor Church in distance

A very pleasant moorland walk to a reservoir and the relics of an old lead & copper mine.

The Walk

A This walk starts south west of Lydford.
From the Car Park turn left and cross disused railway bridge.
Turn left onto public footpath and for a short time join the Dartmoor Way.

B Continue following a bridle path in a south easterly direction.

C Cross the A386 to Tavistock and continue along bridle path to Wheal Jewell reservoir.

DWheal Jewell reservoir was built to serve Mary Tavy power station.
Skirt the reservoir and at the end follow path in westerly direction.

EWheal Betsy, an old lead and copper mine, is a short track away from the main route but well worth a visit.
Just before Wheal Betsy take a path left and continue walking East.
In the distance you may see Brentor Church perched on a hill - see Mary Tavy Walk.

Wheal Betsy

F Take gravel track on right back to the Car Park.

parking2nd National Trust Car Park coming from Lydford direction
parkingSATNAV Postcode:EX20 4BH

Map of Walk 2



6.8 miles
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 Walks near Lydford
Best pub walks to Okehampton Castle & Belstone.
 Mary Tavy
A delightful walk to Brent Tor, with its church on top of a hill.
 Elephant's Nest
A most enjoyable pub walk from Mary Tavy to the Elephant's Nest pub.

Walk 3 Lydford Gorge (2.3 miles)


Lydford Gorge

This popular and invigorating walk is NOT free unless you are a member of the National Trust.

There are some narroiw stretches.and climbs.

parking 1st National Trust Car Park coming from Lydford direction