'50 things' fun at Lydford Gorge

Family playing pooh sticks on bridge, Lydford Gorge

A walk at Lydford Gorge takes you into a temperate rainforest, past cascading waterfalls and through rock tunnels. On route try some of our favourite '50 things' activities and get back to nature.

No. 31 Make friends with a bug

Pick up a butterfly spotter sheet from visitor welcome then head off for a wander to see what you can find. There are moths, dragonflies, and damselflies to look out for too. Spot a chimney sweeper moth in the meadow, catch a glimpse of a speckled wood butterfly in a woodland glade, and delight in the beautiful demoiselle damselflies as they flit along the river bank.

Speckled wood butterfly
Speckled wood butterfly
Speckled wood butterfly

No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure

While walking through the temperate rainforest at Lydford Gorge look out for the chalkboards to try out some fun, nature-themed activities. Try and count the different greens, listen to the sound of water as it trickles past or crashes down, and get a close up view of the moss and lichen that covers every surface in the gorge.

No. 8 Spot a fish

Brown trout live in the River Lyd and can often be seen swimming in the deeper pools. If you’re lucky you might even spot them taking a fly from the surface of the water with a ‘plop’ sound. To be in with the best chance of spotting a fish; choose a dry day and from a high spot next to the river look somewhere the sun is not reflecting off the water. 

No. 5 Skim a stone

Pixie Glen has a wider and quieter stretch of river good for skimming stones, see who can skim the furthest or get the biggest number of skips.

No. 19 Play pooh sticks

The suspension bridge at Whitelady Waterfall is a great place to play pooh sticks. The whole family can line up with their chosen stick to see whose will win. If you take the full Lydford Gorge trail then you could play pooh sticks on all the bridges and see which is your favourite.

Other fun things in summer

The orchard meadow at the Devil’s Cauldron entrance has space to explore, plenty of room for picnics, and even more ‘50 things’ activities. 

  • No. 4 Build a den – try using the trunk of one of the bigger trees to build against.
  • No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild – listen to the grasshoppers sing while you munch.
  • No. 33 Go cloud watching – what shapes will you see.
Den building in the orchard at Lydford Gorge
Den building in the orchard at Lydford Gorge
Den building in the orchard at Lydford Gorge