Summer picnics and wildlife at Lydford Gorge

Family picnic on the grass

Plan a relaxed summer picnic and see what wildlife appears while you munch your lunch.

 

Whether you have a whole day to take your time and explore the River trail or you only want a short walk and somewhere peaceful to rest - the gorge can provide it.

The orchard

Great for family picnics with lots of space to spread blankets and a play area with zip wire to tire the younger ones out. Find the orchard at the Devil‘s Cauldron entrance a short walk from the car park.

Look out for dragonflies and damselflies zipping about, and wander through the long grass to get grasshoppers leaping out of the way. 

Keeled skimmer dragonfly
Keeled skimmer dragonfly
Keeled skimmer dragonfly

By the river

There are some wider sections at Pixie Glen and Whitelady Waterfall for a picnic. Please be considerate of other visitors by getting off the paths, and taking all your litter home.

Look out for brown trout in the deeper pools, and dragonflies, damselflies, dippers and grey wagtails patrolling the river.

A dipper ready to forage for food in the river
Dipper on rock in the river
A dipper ready to forage for food in the river

 

Waterfall entrance

The picnic tables here are great if you need to stay near the facilities and the car. They are gently shaded by beech trees.

Little extras

Treat yourself to an ice cream or purchase a few top-ups for the picnic hamper from the tea-room. Please check on site for opening times.

As always we would ask that you take responsibility for your own litter and take it home, then the gorge can remain special for everyone who visits.

A tasty ice cream reward for walking the gorge
A child enjoying his tasty ice cream
A tasty ice cream reward for walking the gorge