Create some wild art, spot a fish and more

Wild art, a fox made from leaves

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.

No. 8 Spot a fish

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

Spot a fish

The brown trout that live in the river 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's not reflecting off the water. 

No. 18 Create some wild art

Feeling inspired by the gorge? How about creating a piece of wild art using the materials lying around? Stones from the river’s edge and fallen twigs make a fantastic natural frame for your work of art.

If you want to take a work of art home then come along to one of the summer holiday events such as pixie door making or hammered leaf 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

No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure

Head out with friends or family this summer and join in the nature trail. Around the gorge there’ll be hints, tips and simple activities to help you take notice of nature. Pick up a trail sheet for a donation before heading into the gorge for a short or long walk. Stop by the shop to pick up your badge prize when you're done.

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. Also look out for the pixie door in one of the trees in this area.

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.

Fancy a game of pooh sticks?
Family playing pooh sticks on bridge, Lydford Gorge
Fancy a game of pooh sticks?

Other fun things in summer

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, make friends with a bug, 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