By Okehampton People at 02:57 on 17/05/11
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Beautifully sited on the fringe of Dartmoor, Lydford boasts three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th-century tower keep on a mound, later a prison 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.
Times: Mon-Sun, Bank Hols dawn-dusk
English Heritage: Lydford Castle and Saxon Town,Okehampton,EX20 4HF
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