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.

Whitelady Waterfall, Lydford, Devon

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 but leave time to spot the woodland birds from the hide.

The damaged Devil's Cauldron viewing platform at Lydford Gorge

The Devil's Cauldron viewing platform and trail are still closed.

Work to repair the viewing platform will unfortunately take longer than expected and the structure will need surveying before it can be reopened.

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.

The Whitelady Waterfall flowing into a pool below

Winter opening

From Monday 1 November 2021 only the Waterfall trail will be open. The rest of the gorge is shut every winter for essential safety and maintenance work. The full gorge will hopefully reopen in March 2022.