“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

Lydford Gorge



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.

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

Dogs accepted on short leads.

Note: Strenuous walking, rugged terrain and vertical drops.

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Key Facilities


Picnic Area

Guide Dogs permitted

Toilets for Disabled Visitors

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