The name Lydford derives from lyd – broad and ford – a river crossing. The first that is heard of either of the Lydfords is in the Saxon charter of 744AD and by the Domesday survey of 1086 there were two Lydfords, East and West. The Fosse Way is again the major road having fallen into disuse after the Romans left Britain.
Currently the village of Lydford on Fosse has a pub, a petrol station with a small spar store and post office facility. St Peter's church in West Lydford stands by the river Brue in a picturesque setting and is a good starting point to follow the footpaths surrounding this area. The Wheathill golf course is a couple of miles away and there are several pubs all serving food nearby.
There are many tourist attractions and places of interest surrounding Lydford making it an ideal spot as a touring base.
The Bath & West showground is just 15 minutes away.
Nearby Market towns include:
- Somerton (6 miles away) - allegedly an ancient capital of Wessex
- Castle Cary (5 miles) - famous for its Round House, an old town lock-up
- Shepton Mallet (8 miles) - 50ft market cross dates from 1500
- Glastonbury (10 miles) is both a thriving market town and a major tourist venue
- Street (8 miles) is home of a famous shoe industry and is now well known for its factory shopping complex, Clarks Village
- Yeovil town (12 miles south) has pedestrian precincts, a wide variety of shops and a number of weekly markets
- Wells, England's smallest city, is not only a thriving market town but includes the magnificent Cathedral and Bishop's Palace and gardens (13 miles)
- Slightly further a field is Sherborne and its Castle (18 miles) and Cheddar famous not only for its cheese but also the caves and gorge (20 miles)