Visiting Lydford Gorge: What you need to know

Walking along the river path through Lydford Gorge

The River trail, Waterfall trail, tea-rooms, toilets, and second-hand bookshop are open. The Devil's Cauldron trail and viewing platform remain closed for extended repairs.

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Arrival and parking

Head to the Devil's Cauldron entrance (EX20 4BH) just outside Lydford village for the River trail, Devil's Cauldron tea-room, and second-hand bookshop.

Head to the Waterfall entrance (EX20 4BL) 1.5 miles from Lydford village for the Waterfall trail, River trail, Tramper hire, and waterfall tea-room.

Please be aware some navigation devices do not take you to Lydford Gorge when selected so it's best to use the postcode.

Arriving on foot

The road to the Waterfall entrance from Lydford village is narrow with no footpath - please do avoid walking this if you can.

Arriving by bike

There is parking available at both entrances for a limited number of bikes, suitable for most bike locks.

Arriving by car or motorhome

Parking is free. No overnight parking allowed. There is designated accessible parking available. We have limited spaces for long vehicles and we're unable to welcome caravans.

 

What’s open?

  • The River trail - circular, one-way, around 2 hours, challenging, this walk takes in most of the gorge including Whitelady Waterfall and Tunnel Falls.
  • The Waterfall trail - circular, around 1 hour, steep sections, takes in Whitelady Waterfall.
  • The railway path and bird hide.
  • The Devil's Cauldron tea-room, 10.30am-4.30pm.
  • The Waterfall tea-room, 10.30am-4.30pm, limited takeaway offer.
  • The second-hand bookshop, Devil's Cauldron entrance, 10am-4.30pm.
    • If you have books to donate, we'll gladly accept these at any time during opening hours.
  • The toilets are open 10am-5pm. 

The gorge is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geology, flora and fauna. Please respect the habitats by taking only photographs and leaving only footprints.

We ask visitors not to swim, however tempting, as it's not safe. If something were to go wrong the area is very inaccessible. Please avoid disturbing the wildlife and special habitats of the gorge and don't go in.

What's closed?

There will be some Monday closures during 2022. Lydford Gorge will be open Tuesday to Sunday, on Bank Holidays, and on Mondays that fall in the Devon School holidays.

The zip wire in the play area has been removed as it was no longer safe, this means that there are limited items in the play area.

There is no longer a National Trust shop.

Lydford gorge rangers working on Devil's Cauldron platform

Devil's Cauldron update 2022

The Devil's Cauldron trail and viewing platform remain closed for extended repairs. Tucker's pool will not be accessible this year.

The winter surveys to assess the rock faces and bridges in the gorge found more issues than we were expecting and there is more work than we planned for. We need to strengthen a key bridge, repair some sections of the viewing platform that were damaged recently, and replace some handrails in this area. We hope to get the Devils Cauldron trail open before the summer.

Whitelady Waterfall, Lydford, Devon

Walking at Lydford Gorge

Discover ancient woodlands, cascading waterfalls and fascinating rock formations carved out by the River Lyd.

Things to consider when walking at Lydford Gorge

Narrow paths with high drops above fast-flowing water

Narrow paths with high drops above fast-flowing water

Steep slopes and long flights of rugged steps

Steep slopes and long flights of rugged steps

Uneven surfaces which can be slippery even when dry

Uneven surfaces which can be slippery even when dry - sturdy footwear is essential

 

Accessibility

Due to the steep gradient of the paths in the gorge they are not wheelchair or pushchair friendly.

Partly accessible toilets available at both entrances.

Hearing loops at all till points.

The full access guide is available on the 'facilities and access' tab of our website. Please get in touch to discuss visiting with your own mobility vehicle or any other access arrangements.

Access for everyone

If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, they are free of charge.

 

High winds or flooding

We may occasionally need to close the site for safety so please check the website for up to date information before travelling.

 

Visiting with dogs

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.