On Lydstep Point.
Take the footpath which runs down beside Lydstep post office to Lydstep Haven and follow the right-hand fork to the caves or drive through Lydstep Estate and follow signposts.
(NGR SS 0875 9763)
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Lydstep Caverns, which include Smuggler's Cave, and the Droch, are situated in the grounds of Lydstep Estate. The entrance fee is really for the many other facilities provided, e.g. personal beach, restaurant, snack bar etc., and the caves are an added attraction.
Smuggler's Cave consists of two entrances, and a skyfight. It is a large sea cave about 300 feet long, with an average passage cross-section of 20 feet wide and 30 feet high. The upper end opens out into a grassy doline, and steps and handrails have been provided.
On the same beach, but a little further to the west is another cave, called the Droch. Here an entrance 20 feet wide and 50 feet high opens out into a chamber 60 feet wide and 60 feet high. The coast certainly lives up to its name, the "Bay of Caves", as there are several more sea caves here which may also be visited, provided, of course, you remember to bring a torch.
Text from: Tony and Anne Oldham (1972): Discovering Caves - A guide to the Show Caves of Britain. With kind permission by Tony Oldham.