Keeping you and your dog safe at the gorge

Woman walking dogs across footbridge

Dogs are very welcome at Lydford 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 as well as the thin soils on the slopes.

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 staff can advise you on good local places to go if your dog needs a run and isn’t used to being on the lead.

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 outoors enjoying the countryside. Keeping to clearly defined paths and 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 right away.

The paths in the Gorge are narrow, close to the river and often have steep vertical drops. Adults, children and other dogs on leads may be nervous around loose dogs and as such may not know how to react when approached on a narrow path.  Loose dogs may bound on ahead and unintentionally knock into a visitor.


The Gorge is protected as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and we have some very special moss and lichen species. There are also ground nesting birds to consider.  If dogs decide to stray from the path they may disturb the wildlife and dislodge loose material.  The Gorge has very steep sides with only a thin covering of soil.  Rocks and loose material can become dislodged by animals scrambling up the banks, and these materials may then fall on unsuspecting visitors.

Please also clear up any dog mess, there is a dog bin situated at either end of the Gorge and waste bags can be obtained for outside both visitor reception areas.

Dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed in the tea rooms however there are tables available outside at both locations.

Water bowls are available at both visitor reception areas.

By keeping your dog on a lead throughout the property we hope to ensure that everyone who comes to the Gorge has a brilliant and safe visit.