Walking at the gorge this autumn

Lace up your boots to explore the gorge before the Devil’s Cauldron and river path are shut for winter. Soak up the changing autumn colours and maybe spot some colourful fungi emerging from under the ground.

After the summer visitors fade away Lydford Gorge becomes a quieter more peaceful place to visit. The wildlife returns for the patient visitor to spot and the woodland colours change from the dark green of high summer to the golden brown of autumn. Listen out for the wind whispering through the trees as the leaves turn crisp before falling to the forest floor.


There are three circular trails, meaning that there are walks to suit all abilities and timescales. Autumn is an ideal time of year for an adventure through the gorge, don’t miss the towing Whitelady Waterfall and be sure to experience the roaring Devil’s Cauldron pothole before it closes for the winter.


The bird hide can be found at the end of the railway path and is a great place to spot the woodland birds as they take advantage of the feeding station to prepare for winter ahead. The tea-rooms serve snacks and treats to replenish the energy needed for a hike in the gorge, as well as hot meals to warm you as the weather cools.