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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.

Winter frosts

The walk to the waterfall can look magical at this time of year on crisp bright mornings. During a cold snap you may also see an icicle or two.

Winter work at the gorge

Rangers carrying out repair work © National Trust

Rangers carrying out repair work

Over the winter the rangers are busy repairing the paths, steps and bridges. This winter the tunnel at Tunnel Falls needs some stabilisation work as during a recent survey cracks were found on the section below the path through the tunnel. A specialist company has been brought in to carry out work to prevent the cracks getting any wider. All should be ready for opening in early March 2015.

 

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