Lydford Gorge

Important notice -

The waterfall car park, circular walk to Whitelady Waterfall, tea-room & toilets are open. You'll need to book your visit in advance. Check What's On for the latest information & to book. You'll be turned away if you arrive without a booking.

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

Lydford Gorge

What's on

Please book ahead before visiting 

The waterfall car park, circular walking trail to Whitelady Waterfall, tea-room and toilets are open. You’ll need to book tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895 by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. The Devil's Cauldron car park, Devil's Cauldron and full Lydford Gorge walking trails, shop and Devil's Cauldron tea-room remain closed until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Lydford Gorge (3 August - 9 August)

Tue 04 Aug 2020
12:00-12:30
Book your timed entry to visit Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge

Things to see and do

The Whitelady Waterfall flowing into a pool below

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail 

Descend into the gorge to find the towering Whitelady Waterfall. Takes around an hour on mostly good paths with some uneven steps.

Sunlight and trees reflecting on the river Lyd, Lydford Gorge

Why Lydford Gorge is special 

Geology, human history and the natural world have all helped shape Lydford Gorge into what it is today.

Clear water running through Lydford Gorge, Devon

Taking care at Lydford Gorge

We’re asking visitors not to swim at Lydford Gorge, however tempting, as it's not safe. The river is very fast flowing and the water depth can be deceptive. Also if something were to go wrong the area is very inaccessible. Please avoid disturbing the wildlife and special habitats of the gorge and don't go in.

Lydford Gorge

Eating and shopping

Child drinking tea

Feeling peckish?

The waterfall tea-room is now open daily, serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks. We’ve introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, waymarked routes and you'll be required to wear a face covering so please bring one with you. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

Bring some character to your garden with our range of garden decor, available on the online shop

Treat yourself 

Looking for the perfect gift or perhaps you're in need of some retail therapy? You can browse our full range via our online shop. Your purchases and support enable us to continue to care for the nature, beauty and history we all miss.

Lydford Gorge

History

The remains of the 13th-century Lydford 'castle'

A brief history of Lydford 

Tales of silver, Vikings, harsh punishment and more. Many signs of which can still be seen today around the village.

The Whitelady Waterfall, Lydford Gorge, Devon

The formation of Whitelady Waterfall 

Whitelady Waterfall is an outstanding sight to behold.

Lydford Gorge

Wildlife

Lydford Gorge

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