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The River Lyd flowing through the deep ravine of Lydford Gorge with green plants on the steep banks.
The River Lyd flowing through the ravine at Lydford Gorge, Devon | © National Trust/Rose Cooke
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Devil's Cauldron Trail

Descend into Lydford Gorge on this circular walk and follow the narrow, winding paths next to the River Lyd as it changes from peaceful stream to raging torrent. Head through the deep ravine, stopping off at the viewing platform in the Devil's Cauldron (a large pothole full of gushing water and encircled by rock walls) before heading back out again.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Devil's Cauldron entrance, Lydford Gorge, grid ref: SX508844

Step 1

From visitor welcome head down the gravel path, past the entrance to the tea-room, and go through the open gate to start the walk.

Step 2

Follow the path as it zig-zags gently down through the trees until you come to a junction with a signpost.

Step 3

Take the right-hand path and head down to the river and across the bridge.

Visitors standing on the new railway inspired bridge at Pixie Glen bridge in Lydford Gorge, Devon
Visitors on the new bridge at Pixie Glen in Lydford Gorge, Devon | © National Trust Images/Mel Peters

Step 4

Turn right (the path to the left is closed and is unsafe), then follow the path upstream and cross back over the river via a metal bridge.

Step 5

Follow the path to the left, up the rock steps, to where it splits.

Step 6

To head into the Devil's Cauldron, take the left-hand path which drops down to a gate. Go through the gate and down the seven narrow, rock-hewn steps, with a handrail but no barrier, to access the viewing platform. The platform floor is not suitable for all dogs so you may wish to avoid this. To continue the walk head back out of the cauldron to the main path and head left to continue uphill until you reach a junction with a steep path up to the right.

Narrow rock-hewn steps leading up from the Devil's Cauldron viewing platform in a natural ravine, Lydford Gorge, Devon
Narrow rock-hewn steps leading out of the Devil's Cauldron | © National Trust/Rose Cooke

Step 7

At this point you can explore a short section of path under the road bridge before heading back out of the gorge. Then take the steep path uphill and follow it until you meet the gravel path, turn left to head towards the tea-room, bookshop and way out.

End point

Devil's Cauldron entrance, Lydford Gorge, grid ref: SX508844

Trail map

Devil's Cauldron trail map, Lydford Gorge, Devon
Route map of Lydford Gorge Devil's Cauldron trail | © © National Trust

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