Lydford Gorge

Important notice -

We hope to open the walk to Whitelady Waterfall on Tuesday 11 May once the paths have been checked for damage after high winds. Tea-room open as usual. To avoid disappointment please book your visit in advance.

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

Lydford Gorge

What's on

Please book ahead before visiting

The circular walk to Whitelady Waterfall, waterfall car park (EX20 4BL), tea-room and toilets are open. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. If you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Book your tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Please note: the Devil's Cauldron car park, Devil's Cauldron walking trail, full Lydford Gorge walking trail and Devil's Cauldron tea-room remain closed for now.

Lydford Gorge bridge and Whitelady Waterfall in winter

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail 

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

Lydford Gorge

Eating and shopping

Half way through a tasty traditional Cornish pasty

Feeling peckish?

The waterfall tea-room is open with a limited takeaway menu. We’ve introduced safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. You're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, unless exempt, so please bring one with you. Card payments preferred and you are welcome to use your reusable cup. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Lydford Gorge


Lydford Gorge


Bluebell flower head

Bluebell facts and folklore 

The native English bluebell, which brightens up many woodlands in spring, has some darker associations.

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.

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. 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

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