Things to see and do this winter at Lydford Gorge

Escape from the crowds by descending into the gorge to soak up the refreshing atmosphere created by the Whitelady waterfall

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 an amazing experience standing at the base where it hits the river after periods of heavy rain when it is in full flow.

On the ‘long and easy’ path keep an eye out for the entrance to some of the old mine workings that can be found in the gorge. There's no public access into the workings however that doesn’t stop another mammal species making use of this man-made cave.

Greater horseshoe bat
Greater horseshoe bat hanging from rock in cave
Greater horseshoe bat

Old railway track and bird hide

The track to the bird hide is along the path of the old Great Western Railway. After an initial steep section the track is level for a quarter of a mile. The bird hide at the end of the track looks out over the river valley and the steep wooded slopes

Walking information

Whitelady waterfall is only accessible on foot. Always make sure to wear sturdy footwear because most of the paths are steep and slippery. 


Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around, the area 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.  Jays, a colourful member of the crow family, make good use of the acorns produced by the large number of Oak trees in the gorge.

Beautiful and shy Jay
Jay in woodland
Beautiful and shy Jay