Visiting Lydford Gorge: What you need to know

Suspension bridge at Whitelady Waterfall

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

The circular walk to Whitelady Waterfall and the waterfall car park are open for local visitors to access for walks. Until Monday 15 March there’s no need to book a visit, however we have limited space so if the car park is busy please come back another time.

From Monday 15 March we're reopening the tea-room and introducing advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance: tickets will be available to book from Friday 12 March.

 

Arrival and parking

Please note, we advise visitors to stay local and follow government guidlines.

Directions

Please head to the Waterfall car park which is 1.5 miles from Lydford village. We advise you to use the post code EX20 4BL for directions as some mobile devices do not take you to Lydford Gorge when selected.

If arriving on foot please note: the road from Lydford village to the Waterfall entrance is narrow with no footpath, so please do avoid walking this if you can.

Parking

We don’t have a large car park at the waterfall entrance, so please park considerately and if the car park is busy please come back another time.

Sorry, no overnight camping is permitted.

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

The walk to Whitelady Waterfall is a circular route that is largely one-way. The couple of sections with two-way traffic have wider paths with passing places.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

There are hand sanitiser dispensers around the site
Hand sanitiser dispenser cleverly concealed in a log
There are hand sanitiser dispensers around the site

What’s open?

  • The circular walking trail to Whitelady Waterfall - takes about an hour, please follow the signs on site.
  • The waterfall car park - open dawn to dusk, please use postcode EX20 4BL for directions.

Please note: the toilets are currently closed.

To ensure the safety of visitors, the bird hide, full Lydford Gorge walking trail, Devil’s Cauldron walking trail, Devil's Cauldron tea-room and Waterfall tea-room remain closed until further notice. We’re working hard to get these open as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Bringing your dog

Dogs are welcome at Lydford Gorge, however due to the steep slopes and delicate habitats of the gorge please keep them on a short lead at all times, and dispose of any waste in the bins provided.

Poppy the dog on the lead at Lydford Gorge
Poppy the dog on the lead at Lydford Gorge
Poppy the dog on the lead at Lydford Gorge

Accessibility

Most paths are hard-standing, however they can become muddy following heavy rain. There are steep slopes and uneven surfaces which can be slippery even when dry – sturdy footwear is essential, please get in touch if you have any concerns. Email lydfordgorge@nationaltrust.org.uk or ring 01822 820320 and leave a message so we can get back to you.

Due to the steep gradient of the paths in the gorge they are not wheelchair or pushchair friendly. We are sorry but we are unable to offer our mobility scooter at this time.

The exposed rocks of the Liddaton formation
The path to the waterfall runs over exposed rocks of the Liddaton formation
The exposed rocks of the Liddaton formation

High winds or flooding

During periods of high wind and rainfall trees may drop branches or fall over making it hazardous to walk in the gorge. Please check the weather before you travel.

Keeping up to date

Government guidelines around coronavirus are regularly reviewed at short notice. Please bear with us while we work through these changes, and how it might affect your visit.

We advise you to check the website before travelling for the most up-to-date information.

Visiting this spring 

In England and Northern Ireland, our gardens, parks and countryside remain open for local people to exercise. Shops, houses and other indoor areas are closed, and cafés are takeaway only. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance and stay local. All places in Wales are currently closed. Please check the property webpage before you travel.