Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Lydford Forest is open 365 days a year, dawn until dusk. 

How to find us

How to find us
Lydford Forest, Okehampton
Sat Nav Postcode: EX20 4BP
By Car

From the A386 follow the signs for Lydford. Take the first right at the war memorial and follow this road for approximately 1 mile. The access road for the car park is on the left.

OS Grid Ref
SX49658506

50.648973486567, -4.122926047009

Parking and prices

There are no formal parking facilities at Lydford Forest.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Lydford Forest is a tranquil woodland situated on the western edge of Dartmoor in the picturesque valley of the River Lyd

Once part of the area’s industrial past, this diverse woodland now supports a wide variety of plant and animal life including some of the UK’s rarest butterfly species. Come and see what you can spot! 

 

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Wildlife
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Lydford Forest has a variety of open paths and trails for you to explore.

Nearby forests

Sunlight shining through woodland scenery

Come and walk Northcombe's circular forest road loop, starting from the parking area. The wide tracks with gentle gradients make for easy going walks or rides, with amazing views and lots to explore.

Girl walking through muddy puddle in the forest

With several well-maintained tracks which provide opportunities for your wanderings, Witherdon Wood is a great forest location for all explorers, runners and meanderers. 

Hamsterley Grove Beck riverside

These beautiful woods with stunning walks have paths for all.

You can walk the Tarka Trail and follow the River Okement, or just wind your way through the woodland.

Abbeyford is also a great place to discover the changing colours of the seasons. On a walk through this beautiful wood you will see majestic Douglas fir trees, and pass through areas of autumnal gold beech trees alongside the banks of the Okement River.

Reservoir surrounded by forest

Come and discover the Dartmoor story at Fernworthy. The open, windswept upland moors with wide views gives you a sense of space, perfect for reflecting, escape and creativity.

Escape the intrusions of modern life and see if you can find one of the many prehistoric sites in the area including the Fernworthy Cairn Circle and Fernworthy Assycombe Stone Row. 

Pack a picnic on a perfect summer day or wrap up warm and visit at night to see the night sky like never before. 

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