Lydford Gorge River trail

Walking trail

The adventure starts as a woodland walk with some tantalising glimpses of the river far below. The trail then heads down into the gorge to find the towering Whitelady Waterfall before following the river up-stream past Tunnel Falls to the tranquil Pixie Glen and back to the start.

Please keep dogs on leads.

Sturdy footwear is essential.

This is a one-way route due to the narrow paths.

A visitor walking the river path at Lydford Gorge, Devon

Map

Route map of River trail at Lydford Gorge

Start:

Lydford Gorge Devil’s Cauldron car park, SX508844

1

From the Devil’s Cauldron entrance visitor welcome, follow the gravel path down, past the entrance to the Devil's Cauldron tea-room. Go through the wooden gate signed Lydford Gorge Trails, then follow the path as it zig zags down to a junction.

Gateway to Lydford Gorge trails with sign at Lydford Gorge, Devon

2

Turn left following signs for River Trail, then follow the path through the woodland for about 1 mile until you come to a shut wooden gate.

From here you can turn left and head up the slope, under the railway bridge and up to the Waterfall entrance, for the Waterfall tea-room and toilets. Head back to this point to restart the River trail.

Shut gate at end of top path at Lydford Gorge, Devon

3

Go through the gate and turn right, follow the path down and keep left where the path splits (this route avoids the steep and uneven steps), to a junction near the river.

4

Turn right and follow the path along the river to Whitelady Waterfall. Be careful on the exposed rocks at the base of the waterfall as they can be slippery.

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Lydford Gorge bridge and Whitelady Waterfall in winter

5

After viewing Whitelady Waterfall, cross the suspension bridge and head up river for just over a mile until you come to the new, arched bridge at Pixie Glen.

Please note: This section of the trail has narrow paths with high drops above fast-flowing water and bare rock surfaces which can be slippery even when dry.

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Walker on the river path at Lydford Gorge

6

Turn right to head across the bridge, then follow the path up to an open gate. Turn left and follow the path as it zig zags back up to the Devil’s Cauldron entrance.

Please note: The Devil’s Cauldron is currently closed while we repair damage caused by a fallen tree.

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The new arched bridge at Pixie Glen, Lydford Gorge, Devon

End:

Lydford Gorge Devil’s Cauldron car park, SX508844

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Lydford Gorge River trail

Terrain

Narrow paths with high drops above fast-flowing water.

Steep slopes and long flights of rugged steps

Uneven surfaces which can be slippery even when dry

Sturdy footwear is essential.

Lydford Gorge River trail

Contact us

Phone: 01822 820320

Email: lydfordgorge@nationaltrust.org.uk

Lydford Gorge River trail

How to get here

Address
Devil’s Cauldron entrance, Lydford Gorge, EX20 4BH
By road

Follow the brown signs from the A30 or A386 and the Devil’s Cauldron entrance is the first Lydford Gorge sign after leaving Lydford village, EX20 4BH. From Tavistock head out on Drake road, the road takes you past Brentor, then carry on past the Waterfall entrance, one mile further up the road is the Devil’s Cauldron entrance.

By bus

Services between Tavistock and Okehampton stop at both entrances to Lydford Gorge.

By bicycle

NCN27

Lydford Gorge River trail

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Tea-room
  • Second-hand bookshop
  • Free car park. No overnight parking allowed.