Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Walking trail

Head into Lydford Gorge down over 200 steps to find the 28.2m high Whitelady Waterfall. A sight that has been drawing visitors in search of the picturesque since Victorian times. Then take the scenic route back up through semi-ancient oak woodland.

Please keep dogs on leads throughout the whole site. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the tea-rooms.


Route map of Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail


Lydford Gorge Waterfall car park, SX501831


From visitor reception follow the path down round a sharp right hand bend then keep left to go under the old railway bridge.

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Old railway bridge that used to take the Great Western railway


Continue on the path which bends to the left, go past the no entry gate on your right until you come to where the path splits into two.

A split in the path, steps or sloped path


Take the path on the right which will take you down over 200 uneven steps which zig zag down the side of the gorge to get to the base of Whitelady Waterfall. Be careful on the exposed rocks here as they can be slippery.

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The steps down to Whitelady Waterfall on a misty morning


After admiring the waterfall and possibly playing a game of pooh sticks on the suspension bridge it’s time to head back out of the gorge. From the waterfall head towards the bridge but do not cross it. Instead carry on left, downstream, with the river on your right until you reach another split in the path.

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The suspension bridge at Lydford Gorge


Follow the left hand path that takes you almost back on yourself and make your way back up hill.

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The path to the waterfall runs over exposed rocks of the Liddaton formation


Keep on past the point where the steps that you took to get to the waterfall join the path you’re on, and past the no entry gate, back under the railway bridge and up the hill to the finish.

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Devon cream tea


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Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail


Please take care on the sections of bare rock as they can be slippery even when dry.

The steps down to the waterfall are uneven, and the slope back up is fairly steep.

Sturdy footwear is essential.

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Contact us

Phone: 01822 820320


Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

How to get here

Waterfall entrance, Lydford Gorge, EX20 4BL
By road

Follow the brown signs from the A30 or A386 then carry on past the Devil's Cauldron entrance, one mile furthre up the road is the Watefall entrance, EX20 4BL. From Tavistock head out on Drake road, the road takes you past Brentor and the first Lydford Gorge sign is for the Waterfall entrance.

By bus

Regular services between Tavistock and Okehampton stop at both entrances to the gorge.

By bicycle

NCN 27 and 31

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room, 10.30am-5pm, March to October (4pm October). Limited opening in winter.
  • Toilets - open when the tea-room is open
  • Free car park
  • Tramper available to hire to access Whitelady Waterfall (Mar-Oct only - please book 48 hours in advance on 01822 820320)
  • National Trust shop at Devil's Cauldron entrance (1 mile away)
  • Longer walking routes available