Create some wild art, spot a fish and more

child making a face with sticks

Navigate through temperate rain forest, past cascading waterfalls and into roaring potholes. On route try out our favourite summer '50 things' activities at Lydford Gorge.

The gorge in summer can feel like walking through a prehistoric world full of crashing water and lush green growth. Soak up the sun shining through the leaves or try to spot a fish swimming lazily against the current in the river – nature is beautiful. 

A view of Tunnel Falls on the Lydford Gorge trail
A view of Tunnel Falls on the Lydford Gorge trail
A view of Tunnel Falls on the Lydford Gorge trail

If you’re inspired by the experience of the gorge how about creating a piece of wild art using the materials around you. Stones from the river’s edge and twigs fallen from the trees make a fantastic natural frame for your work of art.

If you want a little guidance or want to take a work of art home come along to one of the summer holiday events such as pixie door making or fantastic flags.

A range of natural materials used to decorate a door for a pixie
Wooden pixie doors decorated with natural materials
A range of natural materials used to decorate a door for a pixie

For the summer holidays the children can also discover wild animal clues as they walk around the gorge. Pick up an animal tracks trail sheet from visitor reception for a donation. Can you discover which wild animals have left their footprints all around the gorge?

The suspension bridge at Whitelady waterfall is a great place to play pooh sticks. 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. Also look out for the pixie door in one of the trees in this area.

The orchard area at the Devil’s Cauldron entrance has a children’s play area with a zip wire and obstacle course, as well as space for even more ‘50 things’ activities. Build a den against the trunk of one of the bigger trees. Or do some cloud watching while eating your picnic.

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


As the seasons change at the gorge there are opportunities to complete different ‘50 things’ activities.