Visiting Lydford Gorge with your dog

Poppy the dog on the lead at Lydford Gorge

We ask for dogs to be kept on the lead for their own safety, for the safety of other visitors walking in the gorge and to protect the delicate wildlife and habitats of the gorge.

 

Where can my dog go?


We love dogs at Lydford Gorge and they are welcome everywhere. Please always keep them on a short lead.


If your dog does not enjoy being on lead, then the gorge may not be the best place to go walking. The friendly welcome team can advise you on good local places to visit if your dog needs a bit more freedom.


What do I need to be aware of at Lydford Gorge?


The paths in the gorge are narrow, close to the river, with steep drops and no barriers.

Wandering off the path can cause loose rocks to fall, also there are old mine workings and delicate habitats that are best left undisturbed.

The dog friendly path over Pixie Glen bridge
Jess the spaniel demonstrating the dog walk over the new Pixie Glen bridge
The dog friendly path over Pixie Glen bridge


Over the summer you need to be aware that you and your dog may be exposed to ticks in the gorge and whenever you are outdoors enjoying the countryside. Keeping to clearly defined paths with your dog on a short lead will reduce the likelihood of a tick bite.


To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow the Canine Code: 

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful. 
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care on cliff paths.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by. 


Facilities available for my dog


There are water bowls outside visitor welcome and the tea-rooms.
You’ll find dog waste bins at both ends of the gorge and waste bags are available from visitor welcome.

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