Beautifully sited on the fringe of Dartmoor, Lydford boasts three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th-century tower on a mound, built as a prison. It later became notorious for harsh punishments - 'the most annoyous, contagious and detestable place within this realm'. To the south is an earlier Norman earthwork castle: to the north, Saxon town defences.
Please note: Dogs on leads are welcome. Parking is available.
Lydford Saxon Town & Norman Castle
Thu 14 Aug
Discover an important medieval site well off the beaten track, overlooking the beautiful Lydford Gorge in Devon. Explore the remains of a 9th century town and learn how the Saxons and the Normans developed its mighty defences.
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