Things to see and do at Lydford Gorge

Sunlight glistening through the tree canopy

Discover a host of things to see and do as you walk through the gorge. Keep an eye out for woodland and river birds.

The Whitelady Waterfall

At 90 feet, the Whitelady Waterfall is the highest in the south west of England. Depending on the weather it can be a gentle flow of water over the cliff face or turn into a raging torrent.  It is great to experience it after periods of heavy rain when it is in full flow.

Tunnel Falls

Tunnel Falls is a series of potholes formed by the action of the River Lyd eroding the rock away.  The water swirls like whirlpools as it tumbles through this section of the gorge

The Devil's Cauldron

When the river narrows you enter a dark ravine surrounded by dripping rock faces covered in mosses and ferns. You'll hear the roaring of the Devil's Cauldron in which the water seems to be boiling. This giant pothole has been created by the water which flows in with such tremendous force.  The walkway here takes you out over the river on a platform to view the Cauldron.

Walking information

Lydford Gorge is only accessible on foot. There are several lovely walks for you to enjoy and, depending on what you prefer, we have shorter or longer walks. Always make sure to wear sturdy footwear because most of the paths are steep and slippery. After a couple of days of heavy rain, it might be that certain parts of the gorge are not accessible because of flooding.
Our first walk is the Gorge Walk which goes around the whole gorge and takes about two hours. It covers the Whitelady Waterfall, Tunnel Falls, the Devil's Cauldron and the woodlands. We also have a Whitelady Waterfall walk, a Devil's Cauldron Walk and a West Wood Walk; all of these walks are a bit shorter. Our leaflet which you receive on your visit will show you all these walks on a map.

Food and drink

Why not refuel at one of our tea-rooms along the gorge walk? We have a tearoom at the Devil's Cauldron entrance and another at the Waterfall entrance, the starting point for the short walk to see Whitelady Waterfall. You can also top up your picnic basket here.

Things to do

Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around, the gorge is teeming with wildlife.  There is a bird hide at the end of the old railway line path where you can see a host of woodland birds on the feeding station.  There are also dippers, recognisable medium sized brown birds with white chests that 'bob' on stones in the river.  Build a den, have a picnic and have a go in the children's play area.