Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge National Trust, Lydford EX20 4BH

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Sturdy footwear with good grip is strongly recommended. Challenging walks of various lengths with steep climbs and drops throughout. Strenuous walking. Not suitable for buggies or pushchairs. Please ensure you have water with you in hot weather.


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A combination of geology, water power and climate change has created the deepest river gorge in the south west providing a truly breathtaking experience which has been enjoyed since Victorian times.

The steep-sided wooded gorge hidden on the western fringe of Dartmoor inspires many myths and legends and no wonder with features such as the 30-metre Whitelady Waterfall and the turbulent pot hole called the Devil’s Cauldron (currently closed).

You can explore the gorge on foot along one-way trails.  Challenging walking throughout with some sections over rocky ground.  Sturdy footwear with good grip is strongly recommended.

Dogs accepted on leads.

Note: Strenuous walking, rugged terrain and vertical drops.

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Picnic Area

Guide Dogs permitted

Toilets for Disabled Visitors

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