Fire engines, police and our local rescue teams at Lydford Gorge

Local rescue charities and branches of emergency services, National Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority are holding their second safety on Dartmoor day at Lydford Gorge near Tavistock on Sunday 23 June between 10am and 4.30pm.

On the day, there will be the opportunity to look round fire engines, police cars and ambulances plus meet the local fire fighters, police officers, air ambulance crew and rescue dogs. The air sea rescue helicopter will pop in for an appearance during the day as well as the police Oscar 99 and Devon Air ambulance, if jobs allow.  There will be a flypast by a WW2 Spitfire to salute all the emergency services on Dartmoor due at 1pm


The day will also include live rescues from the gorge and demonstrations, including red watch cliff rescue from Camelshead Rescue and Dartmoor Rescue.  There will also be an opportunity to meet the Dartmoor Rescue dogs and have a go on emergency simulator machines.

Free admission.  For further details about Lydford Gorge please visit  or call 01822 820320 or


Gorge-ous Chutney

Lydford Gorge Chutney produced byDevon based Waterhouse Fayre has won silver in the prestigious 2012 Taste of the West awards.  The prestigious Taste of the West Awards is one of the most highly respected in the food and drink industry, established nineteen years ago. The awards highlight successful and high quality businesses across food and drink production, hospitality and food retail. 

Lydford Gorge Chutney

Gorge-ous Chutney


For a number of years the tearoom at Lydford Gorge has made its own no cook chutney to be served as an accompaniment with its pasties and sandwiches. The chutney has always been a hit with the visitors at Lydford Gorge with many visitors asking for the recipe and asking if they could buy a jar to take home.  In responding to visitor feedback and comments about the chutney the team at Lydford worked with local jam and chutney producer, Waterhouse Fayre, one of the National Trust suppliers, to use the basic recipe to produce a sellable version of the Chutney.  After much tasting by the Lydford team the final version of the Lydford Gorge chutney went into production.

 Sarah Hortop, National Trust retail manager says ‘since we started selling the Lydford Gorge chutney in the shop at Lydford Gorge it has been extremely popular with our visitors.  We still serve the chutney in our tearooms as an accompaniment.  Visitors love the fact they can buy a jar to take home.’

Visitors to Lydford Gorge can also enjoy Waterhouse Fayre’s strawberry jam also on sale in the shop with a cream tea at the tearoom.

Seen an elephant fly?

This handsome chap is a elephant hawk moth, so called because the caterpillar has one end that looks like a trunk. The kids at Lydford primary school hatched out ‘squidgy’ last week after 5 moths of caring for him as a pupa. Squidgy was a Christmas present to the kids from the rangers at Lydford gorge and along with their teacher Sue have done us proud.

Elephant hawk moths are native to the UK, my girlfriend and I found this one in the early autumn looking for a place to pupate, squidgy had a releasing ceremony last Friday and is once again a ‘wild’ moth!

New boiler at Lydford Gorge

Here is a short video of our new log boiler system at Lydford Gorge on Dartmoor.
The boiler will burn around 25 tonnes of logs (from our own woodlands) every year and heat the office, the flat, the shop, visitor reception and our tearooms.
The video shows the boiler, the complex plumbing and a variety of air blowing radiators around the property. The system will also provide hot water. Part funded by Devon County Council.
The system is being commissioned tomorrow and more details will follow once it is fully operational. Previously we had a really inefficient calor gas and electric heating system – all part of our campaign to get of fossil fuel based energy.