Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge

Things to see and do

The Whitelady Waterfall surrounded by lush green growth

Walking at Lydford Gorge 

Discover ancient woodlands, cascading waterfalls and fascinating rock formations carved out by the River Lyd.

Things to consider when walking at Lydford Gorge

Narrow paths with high drops above fast-flowing water

Narrow paths with high drops above fast-flowing water

Steep slopes and long flights of rugged steps

Steep slopes and long flights of rugged steps

Uneven surfaces which can be slippery even when dry

Uneven surfaces which can be slippery even when dry - sturdy footwear is essential

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Eating and shopping

A child enjoying his tasty ice cream

Food and drink at Lydford Gorge

The waterfall tea-room is open every day, 10.30am-4.30pm; the Devil's Cauldron tea-room has more limited opening. Both serve a range of drinks, light snacks and sweet treats.

Shelves full of second-hand books for sale at Lydford Gorge

Second-hand books at Lydford Gorge

Head to the Devil's Cauldron entrance to browse the range of second-hand books for sale, as well as games and puzzles. Open 10am-4.30pm every day. All proceeds go towards preserving the unique landscape of the gorge and looking after the wildlife that call it home.

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History

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Wildlife

Keeping Lydford Gorge special

Clear water running through Lydford Gorge, Devon

No swimming at Lydford Gorge

We ask visitors not to swim at Lydford Gorge, however tempting, as it's not safe. 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.

Walker on track through hedges of white hawthorn blossom

Follow the Countryside Code 

With more people than ever enjoying our coast and countryside places, we’re asking for your help in looking after them during your visit. Please help us protect wildlife and landscapes by following the Countryside Code, which includes taking any litter home with you and not lighting a barbecue or campfire.

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