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 towering Whitelady Waterfall

Whitelady Waterfall

At almost 30 meters Whitelady Waterfall is the highest in South West England. Depending on recent weather conditions it can be a gentle cascade of water over the cliff face or a raging torrent pounding down onto the rocks at the base. It is amazing to experience how the power of the fall creates it's own winds in the gorge.

On the yellow Waterfall trail, next to the river, 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

Railway path and bird hide

The track to the bird hide follows the course 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 path looks out over the river valley and the steep wooded slopes, perfect for spotting woodland birds stocking up on reserves to see them through the winter.

Walking information

Whitelady Waterfall is only accessible on foot. Always make sure to wear sturdy footwear as the paths are steep and slippery. 


Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around, the area is teeming with wildlife. The bird hide at the end of the railway path is 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