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The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30m waterfall

The gorge is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year. The wildlife, river, plants and trees provide a stunning show each and every day.

Dippers and wagtails can be seen flying low over the river, while woodland birds can be spotted darting about in the trees.

Bluebells and wild garlic provide a heady scent and patchwork quilt of green, white and blue in May. Throughout the spring and summer other wildflowers add to the array of colours from pink purslane to the yellows of primroses and buttercups. The trees provide a spectrum of colour from the bright greens of the spring to the rich reds, oranges and yellows of autumn.

Autumn colour

Enjoy the oranges and browns on the trees at Lydford Gorge

The gorge changes in the autumn.The colour of the woodland slowly changes from greens to shades of yellows, reds and oranges.  Fungi starts to appear and there is a  musty and damp smell in the air.

Myths and legends

The gorge and surrounding area have many stories from the Whitelady to the Gubbins and Lydford leap. Visit the gorge and see for yourself if you think they are true.

Wildlife watching

Dipper bird in the river along the gorge walk

Listen to bird calls, watch dippers bobbing on stones in and by the river and keep an eye out for squirrels gathering food for the winter.


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