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.

Please keep dogs on leads.

Some steep sections and uneven steps.

The Whitelady Waterfall surrounded by lush green growth

Map

Route map of Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Start:

Lydford Gorge Waterfall car park, SX501831

1

From visitor reception, head through the small wooden gate (which pulls towards you to open) 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

2

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

3

Take the path on the right which will take you down over 200 uneven steps that zig zag down the side of the gorge to get to the base of Whitelady Waterfall.

Please be careful on the exposed rocks at the base of the waterfall as they can be slippery.

The steps down to Whitelady Waterfall on a misty morning

4

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. Do not cross the bridge, instead head downstream with the river on your right, until you reach another split in the path.

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Lydford Gorge bridge and Whitelady Waterfall in winter

5

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

6

Keep on past the point where the steps that lead 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

End:

Lydford Gorge Waterfall car park, SX501831

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Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Terrain

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

There are steep slopes and uneven steps. Sturdy footwear is essential.

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Contact us

Phone: 01822 820320

Email: lydfordgorge@nationaltrust.org.uk

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

How to get here

Address
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

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

By bicycle

NCN27

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Facilities and access

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