Lydford GorgeTavistock
National Trust
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Lydford
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Lydford Gorge is the deepest gorge in the south west of England with a spectacular 98.5 foot (30 metre) waterfall. It is cared for by the National Trust who has made a lot of the beautiful wooded gorge accessible to visitors.

There are two entrances to the gorge, giving visitors the choice of either a longer walk from the Main Entrance at the west end of Lydford Village, or a shorter one to view the White Lady Waterfall. The cascade got its name from its resemblance when in flood, to a bride in her wedding dress. The waterfall entrance is near Manor Farm.

The walks take the visitor through lush oak woodland, down the deep ravine to the River Lyd. You can cross over the tumbling waters of the Tunnel Falls and can gaze down into the bubbling whirlpools of the Devil’s Cauldron.

The visitor is surrounded by woodland birds and beautiful wildflowers and can see trout swimming in the calm sections of the river. From the waterfall entrance there is a 438 yard (400 metre) walk along the old GWR railway track bed to a bird hide.

Note:
Walking in the gorge is strenuous. It is extremely rugged, with uneven surfaces, slippery paths and vertical drops. Walking boots are essential. It is vital that children are supervised at all times. Unsuitable for visitors with heart complaints or walking difficulties and for very young children. Seasonal guided walks are available.
 
- White Lady Waterfall: The base of the waterfall can be easily reached, with a steep climb on the return. The 98.5 foot (30 metre) high cascade drops into the River Lyd below.
 
- Devil’s Cauldron: Descend down the steps and out over the water; the dark dripping rocks all around you with the water bubbling beneath your feet.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Opening Times
Mostly open all year.

Summer:   10:00 – 17:00 hours.
Other months - check Lydford Gorge National Trust website (link below).
November – December - Only the short walk to waterfall is open; other gorge paths closed due to weather conditions and maintenance work.
January – February -  Short walk to waterfall also open during daylight hours.

Admission Costs
For up to date information go to the National Trust website Web: National Trust/ Lydford Gorge Admission

Facilities
- Free parking
- Toilets, Baby change and feeding facilities
- Unsuitable for pushchairs due to uneven terrain, narrow paths and long flights of step
- Children’s play area
- Tea-rooms at Main & Waterfall entrances.  Waterfall tea-room closing time is dependent on the weather.
- Shop and Plant Centre
 
Disabled Access
Disabled parking, toilets, shops and tea rooms at both entrances.
 
Not accessible for wheelchair users except the railway path which is the route to the bird hide. Steep slopes, many steps, loose gravel, uneven and narrow paths, undulating terrain.
 
Contact & Further Information  
Telephone   +44 (0)1822 820 320  
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Getting There
- By car
Lydford Gorge is 6.8 miles (11 km) south of the A30, halfway between Okehampton and Tavistock, and 1.2 miles (2 km) west off A386 opposite Dartmoor Inn. The Main entrance is at the west end of Lydford village. The Waterfall entrance is near Manor Farm.

There is Free Parking

- By Bus
Services are run by First Group: First Group Devon
 
A good map and 'Getting There' instructions are on the Lydford Gorge website Web: Lydford Gorge/Getting There

Google Map - Lydford Gorge