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 throughout the whole site.

To avoid disappointment please book in advance

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The waterfall car park, circular walking trail to Whitelady Waterfall, waterfall tea-room and toilets are open. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday.

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Map

Route map of Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Start:

Lydford Gorge Waterfall car park, SX501831

1

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

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 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

4

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

5

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

6

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

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Woman stuffing a scone into her mouth smiling

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.

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

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 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

  • Toilets - open when the tea-room is open
  • Free car park