11 things to do this summer at Lydford Gorge

A view of Tunnel Falls on the Lydford Gorge trail

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1.    Join in the nature trail

May to October 2020, 10am-4pm every day
On a summer hike through the gorge take a little time out to notice nature. There’ll be hints, tips and simple activities to help you reconnect with the natural world and feel revived. Check sheets will be available for a donation from visitor reception. Stop by the shop to pick up your badge prize when you're done.

2.    Play pooh sticks

Where will you play? The suspension bridge at the bottom of Whitelady Waterfall is a good choice, with room for lots of sticks, but there are many other bridges to choose from in the gorge. Who will be the best stick picker?

3.    Help the butterflies

Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 July, 10am-4pm
Join us for a week of butterfly themed activities and surveys. We’d love your help to gain more knowledge about the range of different species that thrive in the gorge to help improve our conservation work.

An endangered heath fritillary butterfly
An endangered heath fritillary butterfly at a location close to Lydford Gorge, Devon
An endangered heath fritillary butterfly

4.    Launch a bottle rocket

Monday 27 July, Friday 7, Monday 10 & 24 August & Monday 3 September, 11am-1pm
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.

A bottle rocket soaring high
A bottle rocket soaring high
A bottle rocket soaring high

5.    Invite in a pixie

Wednesday 29 July, Sunday 9 & Thursday 20 August, 12-3pm
Get creative and decorate a miniature door for a Lydford pixie, or any magical creature you like. £4 per door, booking advisable

6.    Hammer out some leaf art

Thursday 6 & Sunday 23 August, 11am-1pm
Transfer the colours and patterns of fresh leaves onto a cotton flag to take home. Also make natural paints and brushes to add decoration. £2 per flag, booking advisable

A cotton flag with hammered leaf and flower designs
Cotton flag decorated by hammering leaves and flowers to get an impression
A cotton flag with hammered leaf and flower designs

7.    Get crafty with clay

Tuesday 11 August & Wednesday 2 September, 12.30-2.30pm
Make a creature out of air-dry clay and natural foraging’s from the orchard. £1.50 per person, booking advisable

8.    Build a den

Thursday 13 August, 11am-12 noon & 1-2pm
Build a brilliant den in the orchard with the help of the rangers. £2 per child, booking advisable

Den building in the orchard at Lydford Gorge
Den building in the orchard at Lydford Gorge
Den building in the orchard at Lydford Gorge

9.    Make a mini woodland face

Saturday 15 & Wednesday 26 August, 12.30-3pm
Create a mini sculpture for your garden or home using local wood and basic hand tools. All materials supplied with full instruction from the ranger team.  £2 per sculpture, booking advisable

10.    Play with paper

Friday 21 August, 12.30-3pm
Turn ordinary paper into boats, planes and games

Simple games with paper
Brother and sister making fortune tellers out of paper at Lydford Gorge, Devon
Simple games with paper

11.    Spot a fish

Take a breather on your way around the gorge and try to spot a brown trout swimming lazily against the current in one of the deeper pools.

Brown trout swimming in River Lyd
Brown trout swimming in River Lyd
Brown trout swimming in River Lyd