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Lydford Gorge

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

Lydford, near Tavistock, Devon, EX20 4BH

Family with two children walking their dog on a lead up some of the narrow steps at Lydford Gorge, Devon

Important notice

The gorge trails, tea-rooms and bookshop are closed Thursday 13 June due to forecast high winds and the risk of falling trees. We hope to open again on Friday, if safe to do so, however the gorge trails may open later than usual.

Planning your visit

Three rangers working from ropes on the steep slopes of Lydford Gorge, Devon

Our work at Lydford Gorge 

At Lydford Gorge in Devon we're putting a pause on a section of the gorge walking trail, which has become unsafe to open, while we assess the effects of a changing climate on the rare temperate rainforest it contains.

Stream flowing through lush moss-filled valley towards 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.

Family with two children and a dog on a short lead walking along the railway path in spring with wild garlic in flower, Lydford Gorge, Devon

Bringing your dog to Lydford Gorge 

Lydford Gorge is a two pawprint rated place. Discover how to have a dog-friendly visit, including where to walk, what to be aware of and what facilities are available for your four-legged friend.

Visitor on all-terrain mobility Tramper viewing Whitelady Waterfall in the background, Lydford Gorge, Devon

The Tramper at Lydford Gorge 

A Tramper can be hired to access Whitelady Waterfall and the bird hide in the gorge, thanks to Countryside Mobility South West.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.

White shuttle bus outside a stately home

Sustainable travel across Dartmoor National Trust 

Sustainable travel to National Trust places around Dartmoor is easier than you might think. We've put together a useful guide to help you navigate some greener transport options.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland


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