Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Walking trail

Head into Lydford Gorge 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 and along the route of the old Great Western Railway. Please keep dogs on leads and do not pass any locked gates.

Please book ahead before visiting

The walking trail to Whitelady Waterfall (circular route), waterfall car park (EX20 4BL), tea-room and toilets at Lydford Gorge are open and you'll need to book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Please note we'll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Lydford Gorge bridge and Whitelady Waterfall in winter


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 left which avoids the steps (currently closed for safety) and head down a sloped path to the river. Turn right and follow the path along the river to Whitelady Waterfall (This section is two-way with passing places). Be careful on the exposed rocks at the base of the waterfall as they can be slippery.

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Foaming white water at the base of the Whitelady waterfall


After admiring the waterfall it’s time to head back out of the gorge. From the waterfall head back towards the bridge but do not cross it. Instead go left, and head back downstream, with the river on your right, along the two-way section of path until you reach the split in the path.

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The suspension bridge at Lydford Gorge


Follow the right hand path and carry on up through the woods, the path meanders left and right bringing you to a junction on the flat railway path.

Family walking the railway path at Lydford Gorge, Devon


Turn left and follow the flat railway path back to the start.

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Woman stuffing a scone into her mouth smiling


Lydford Gorge Waterfall car park, SX501831

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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 to the waterfall are currently closed, however there are still some steep slopes.

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 further 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 foot

As road directions or via Blackdown Moor from Mary Tavy. Please note that the road from Lydford village to the Waterfall entrance is narrow with no footpath, so please do avoid walking this if you can.

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

  • Toilets.
  • Free car park. No overnight camping allowed.