The Devon village of Lifton lies at the confluence of the rivers Lyd and Wolf, a couple of miles from the Cornish border. Set amid hills, woods and farmland, this rural community is an idyllic base from which to explore the region. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Lifton and you will discover a variety of independent businesses. On Station Road, by Tinhay Lake, the Fox and Grapes is a relaxed pub, serving local ales and ciders, and a menu of pub classics. Further west, on Fore Street, there is a post office and a small grocery. On the opposite side of the road, there is a graceful church. Cross the river and you will reach the park, which is a lovely place for a stroll along the riverbank on self-catering holidays in Lifton.

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Strawberry Fields is an award-winning farm shop, where you can pick up the freshest local produce. The shop has its own butchery, and a restaurant serving delicious food. Dating back to the 17th century, Lifton Hall is an atmospheric place for a drink or an evening meal. Holiday cottages in Lifton are popular among walkers, thanks to the stunning scenery on the village’s doorstep.

There are many scenic walks along the banks of the River Lyd, and none are more spectacular than the hike to Lydford Gorge, the Southwest’s deepest gorge. The walk to the hilltop trees at Cookworthy Knapp is also highly recommended, with far-reaching views across Devon and Cornwall. A short drive to the southwest from Lifton, the town of Launceston is best explored by foot, with an imposing castle, a steam railway, and plenty of shops to peruse. Tintagel, Boscastle and Crackington Haven are all a short drive northward, on the rugged North Cornwall coast, while the forests, wetlands, rivers and tors of Dartmoor lies to the village’s east.