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.
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.
In between is a rambling river with mini falls (in comparison), steep cliffs and lycern covered woodland that’s a haven for wildlife.
There’s also a few fun things for kids to spot along the way.
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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.
Lydford Gorge Map
Here is a map of the whole Gorge and the walks around it.
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.
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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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:
Love waterfalls? Take a look at my post about more waterfalls in Devon.
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