A walk to benefit body and soul

A view of Tunnel Falls on the Lydford Gorge trail

Lydford Gorge is currently closed, please do not travel here. Read on to virtually immerse yourself in the wonders of the gorge.

The winding paths take you past waterfalls and bubbling water. Gradually build up the step count and get the blood pumping on the steep sections.

A short walk to see the Devil’s Cauldron starts at around 1500 steps. Although you have to factor in some pretty steep sections to get back out of the gorge which will help raise your heart rate.

In the Cauldron the bare rocks of the gorge rise up high on either side of you, maybe take a moment to close your eyes – what can you hear or feel around you? Can you feel those negative thoughts slipping away?

Taking in the might of the Devil's Cauldron
Standing on the Devil's Cauldron platform over the raging river Lyd
Taking in the might of the Devil's Cauldron

A walk to see the Whitelady Waterfall is slightly longer at around 2500 steps and you can vary the route to take in the bird hide and miss the steps if you choose. Enjoy a free cardio workout when hiking back up to exit the gorge.

Take a rest near the river to try some forest bathing, don’t worry it doesn’t involve getting wet unless it’s raining. It's all about slowing down, relaxing and engaging with the woodland around you with your senses.

Find a seat away from the path and listen to the sound of the water, smell the damp earth and vegetation, and observe the smaller details of the scenery that surrounds you. It has been scientifically proven that forest air helps our bodies fight viruses and even tumours, so breath deep and relax.

This young fern frond is just about to burst open
A young fern frond about to uncurl
This young fern frond is just about to burst open


The full Lydford Gorge trail will certainly get you near to your 10,000 step target, and if your heart isn't racing from the exercise, some of the narrow slippery paths above the river might do the trick.

Take time to notice what’s around you. Catching a glimpse of a dazzling kingfisher, a bobbing dipper or a lazy brown trout can really connect you with nature and bring joy to your day.

Spotting brown trout in the river, Lydford Gorge
Mother and son spotting fish swimming in the river Lyd
Spotting brown trout in the river, Lydford Gorge