Lydford Gorge

Important notice -

The Devil's Cauldron trail and viewing platform remain closed for extended repairs. The River trail, taking in most of the gorge trail, and shorter Waterfall trail are both open.

The deepest river gorge in the South West, with 30m high waterfall

Lydford Gorge

Things to see and do

Moss covered rocks in the river Lyd, Lydford Gorge

Things to see and do at Lydford Gorge 

As spring turns to summer the trees and plants take over, turning the gorge into a very green scene, full of mystery and magic.

Family playing pooh sticks on bridge, Lydford Gorge

'50 things' fun at Lydford Gorge 

Find a prehistoric world full of crashing water and lush green growth with plenty of outdoor fun and adventure for all the family at Lydford Gorge.

Things to consider when walking at Lydford Gorge

Narrow paths with high drops above fast-flowing water

Narrow paths with high drops above fast-flowing water

Steep slopes and long flights of rugged steps

Steep slopes and long flights of rugged steps

Uneven surfaces which can be slippery even when dry

Uneven surfaces which can be slippery even when dry - sturdy footwear is essential

Lydford Gorge

Eating and shopping

Shelves full of second-hand books for sale at Lydford Gorge

Second-hand books at Lydford Gorge

Head to the Devil's Cauldron entrance to browse the wide range of second-hand books, as well as games, puzzles and more. All proceeds go towards preserving the unique landscape of the gorge and looking after the wildlife that call it home.

Lydford Gorge

What's on

Upcoming events

Butterflies and more summer trail

Wed 17 Aug 2022
10:00-16:00
Can you discover which butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies live at Lydford Gorge? Follow the trail around the orchard and you might even spot some creatures that are larger than life.

Heritage Open Day

Sat 10 Sep 2022
10:00-16:30
Come for a walk at the gorge for free once more as part of the Heritage Open Day Scheme. Free entry.
Lydford Gorge

Wildlife

Keeping Lydford Gorge special

Clear water running through Lydford Gorge, Devon

No swimming at Lydford Gorge

We ask visitors not to swim, however tempting, as it's not safe. If something were to go wrong the area is very inaccessible. Please avoid disturbing the wildlife and special habitats of the gorge and don't go in.

Walking by the River Dove at Dovedale, Derbyshire

Follow the Countryside Code 

With more people than ever enjoying our coast and countryside places, we’re asking for your help in looking after them during your visit. Please help us protect wildlife and landscapes by following the Countryside Code, which includes taking any litter home with you and not lighting a barbecue or campfire.

Lydford Gorge

History

Lydford Gorge

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