Lydford Gorge

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

Lydford Gorge

Things to see and do

River in winter with snow covered wooded banks

A winter walk to blow away the cobwebs 

Wrap up warm, get your boots on and start those new year’s resolutions to get more active with a bracing walk to Whitelady waterfall.

A robin in the snow

Things to see and do this winter at Lydford Gorge 

There's plenty to see and do at Lydford Gorge, from walks and wildlife to tasty treats.

Walking along the river path through Lydford Gorge

Planning a summer visit? 

What you’ll find at Lydford Gorge if you visit between March and October.

Lydford Gorge

Our work

Holnicote Ranger holding a sleeping dormouse

New homes for dormice at the gorge 

Thanks to Made-Well, a community interest company based in Hatherleigh, the gorge will soon have 50 shiny new dormouse nest boxes in place ready for new occupants.

Lydford gorge rangers working on Devil's Cauldron platform

Winter is here and the rangers are just getting busier 

With over 100,000 feet negotiating the gorge this year the rangers now have their work cut out getting everything ready to fully re-open in March.

Lydford Gorge

What's on

Using a fire steel to make sparks

February half-term fun at Lydford Gorge 

There are lots of activities to keep families entertained over the February half-term, and a chance to stretch legs and enjoy views out over the gorge.

Upcoming events

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 30 Mar 2018
10:00-16:30
It's up to you and your family to track down the Cadbury bunny and his animal friends at Lydford Gorge. You can also discover more about the trees that grow in the gorge by following bunny's trail, a delicious treat will be waiting for you at the...

Bug home making

Thu 05 Apr 2018
10:30-13:30
Construct a home for all sorts of creepy crawlies and tick off one of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

Launch a bottle rocket

Mon 09 Apr 2018
10:30-13:30
Bring along an empty fizzy pop bottle or borrow one of ours and see how high you can make it fly using just water and air.

Making woodland bunny faces

Fri 13 Apr 2018
11:00-13:00
Create your own bunny face sculpture for your garden or home using local wood and basic hand tools. All materials supplied with full instruction from the ranger team.

Wild kitchen - FULLY BOOKED

Sat 21 Apr 2018
11:00-14:00
Forage for wild garlic and other seasonal snacks in the gorge, and then cook up a tasty lunch over the camp fire using your foraged ingredients.

Spring flower walk

Sat 12 May 2018
11:30-13:00
Join us for a guided walk to identify the spring wild flowers that abound in the gorge, the walk will visit the Whitelady waterfall and finish in the Waterfall tea-room.
Lydford Gorge

Eating and shopping

Cream teas and walking boots

Lydford Gorge

History

The Whitelady Waterfall, Lydford Gorge, Devon

The formation of the Whitelady Waterfall 

Whitelady Waterfall is an outstanding sight to behold