Keeping you and your dog safe at Lydford Gorge

Poppy the dog on the lead at Lydford Gorge

Dogs are very welcome at the gorge. We do ask that they are kept on a lead at all times.

This is for their own safety, for the safety of other visitors walking in the gorge and to protect wildlife and plants in this special habitat. 


Your four-legged friends can now accompany you almost everywhere at the gorge as long as they remain on the lead. The five narrow unguarded steps leading to the metal grill of the Devil’s Cauldron viewing platform mean that this the only place we recommend you don’t take your dog, but this small section can be easily avoided.

Walking out of the Devil's Cauldron
Walking out of the Devil's Cauldron
Walking out of the Devil's Cauldron

Well behaved dogs are now welcome in both tea-rooms and the shop. There are water bowls outside visitor reception and the tea-rooms, and to top up human water bottles just ask a member of staff.

Please lend a helping paw and clear up any dog mess, you’ll find dog waste bins at both ends of the gorge and waste bags are available from visitor reception.

Let your dogs and kids run wild
Boys running through field with dog on lead
Let your dogs and kids run wild

If your dog does not enjoy being on a lead then the gorge may not be the best place to go walking. The friendly visitor reception team can advise you on good local places to visit if your dog needs a bit more freedom.

The gorge is protected as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and we have some rare moss and lichen species that need safeguarding. There are also ground nesting birds and other wildlife that can be disturbed by dogs straying from the path. The gorge is very steep with only a thin covering of soil on its slopes. Walking on these slopes can dislodge rocks and other materials which may then fall on walkers below.

Over the summer you also need to be aware that you and your dog may be exposed to ticks in the gorge and whenever you are outdoors enjoying the countryside. Keeping to clearly defined paths - with your dog on a short lead - the likelihood of a tick bite will be reduced. Don't panic if you or your dog are bitten, not all ticks carry diseases. Just remove the tick as quickly as possible in the right way, and if you get a rash or start to feel unwell, contact your GP straight away.

By keeping your dog on a lead throughout the property we hope to ensure that everyone who comes to the gorge has a safe and exciting adventure. 

Explore with your dogs
Woman walking dogs across footbridge
Explore with your dogs