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Lydford Gorge

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

Lydford, near Tavistock, Devon, EX20 4BH

The white strands of Whitelady Waterfall flow down the rock face, green moss either side, at Lydford Gorge

Important notice

Very limited opening over winter. During periods of high wind and rainfall trees may drop branches or fall over making it hazardous to walk in the gorge. Please check the weather before you travel.

Planning your visit

Ranger in red top working with a pick axe to repair a path at Lydford Gorge

Winter opening

During winter most of the gorge trails are closed for safety and essential maintenance work. This can include tree work, path work and rock face inspections, so please do not pass any locked gates. We plan to reopen the gorge from Saturday 16 March, although the river path will remain closed while we work to repair a section of path damaged by a landslide.


Lydford Gorge winter map 

Take a look at the map of Lydford Gorge to help plan your winter visit.

Close-up view of a brown and white dog, held on a lead, with fallen leaves on the ground, at Clent Hills, Worcestershire

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. Available again from spring 2024.

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.

Visitors descending a path through the Rock Garden at Cragside, Northumberland


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