Walking at Lydford Gorge

This steep-sided river gorge nestled on the western edge of Dartmoor has been drawing visitors in search of the picturesque since Victorian times.

A visitor walking the river path at Lydford Gorge, Devon

Lydford Gorge River trail

Explore the high woodland and captivating River Lyd. Take in the towering Whitelady Waterfall and crashing white water of Tunnel Falls. Takes about 2 hours on challenging terrain with narrow, slippery paths, high drops and uneven steps - sturdy footwear is essential.

The Whitelady Waterfall surrounded by lush green growth

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Descend into the gorge to find the towering Whitelady Waterfall. The walk takes around an hour on mostly good paths with some uneven steps and steep sections.

The railway path to the bird hide, Lydford Gorge, Devon

Lydford Gorge railway path

Take an easy stroll along the line of the old Great Western Railway. Takes around 30 minutes, can be muddy at times.

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.

Poppy the dog on the lead at Lydford Gorge

Visiting Lydford Gorge with your dog

Dogs are very welcome at Lydford Gorge. We do ask that they are kept on a lead at all times.