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Lydford Gorge walk with children

Lydford Gorge walk with children

If you enjoy walks with plenty of natural drama then Lydford Gorge is an extraordinary place for a walk on Dartmoor in Devon.

We visited in August 2020. I have updated this post in 2022. A large section of the gorge continues to be closed.

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Old bridge railway bridge

Why is Lydford Gorge so special?

The Gorge is 1.5 miles long and is the deepest in the South West. At one end there is a 30m waterfall and at the other is a naturally formed whirlpool called the Devil’s Cauldron.

Whitelady Falls waterfall surrounded by greenery
Whitelady Waterfall

In between is a rambling river with mini falls (in comparison), steep cliffs and lycern covered woodland that’s a haven for wildlife.

Sign post to Whitelady Falls
Family walking along old railway line at Lydford

There’s also a few fun things for kids to spot along the way.

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Child looking at coins hammered into tree stump

We enjoyed a reasonably gentle walk here on one of the hottest days of the year so far. There was a cool down draft beside the Whitelady Waterfall and a mesmerising babble of the steam dashing along the bottom of the Gorge.

Trees overhanding stream
The stream beside Whitelady Falls
Children standing on bridge at Whitelady Falls in Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge Map

Here is a map of the whole Gorge and the walks around it.

Map of Lydford Gorge

 It’s important to say that some parts of the Gorge walk that aren’t currently open are narrow and have a hand rail between you and a steep drop. Hold the hands of small children and keep an eye on kids of all ages at all times.

In 2022 just a small section and walk to Whitelady Falls is open.

Map of waterfall walk section of Lydford Gorge

Is this walk suitable for pushchairs?

No. There are some steep sections and rough paths that are not suitable for pushchairs. You could however easily walk this route with young children under their own steam or in a baby or toddler carrier.

Wear walking shoes or boots as the path is wet and slippery in places.

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Man and child walking up woodland path at Lydford Gorge

Can you swim at Lydford Gorge?

However tempting it may be in the heat of the summer it is dangerous to swim in Lydford Gorge. Please do not enter the water. Some parts are deeper than they appear and the water flows fast. 

Is it dog-friendly?

Yes, your dog can join you on the Devon waterfall walk at Lydford Gorge. However, they must stay on a lead.

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What facilities are there at Lydford Gorge?

There is a tea room and toilet block at the waterfall car park. The opening times for these vary depending on the season so check the National Trust website.

When is Lydford Gorge open?

The waterfall car park and walk to Whitelady Falls is open but the Devil’s Cauldron end of Lydford Gorge is closed. 

Please check the National Trust website for the very latest information.

More waterfalls in Dartmoor

We can also recommend visiting these Dartmoor waterfalls:

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