Lydford Gorge

The deepest gorge in the South West, with a spectacular 30m waterfall.

“Close your eyes and listen to the sound of water rushing over a waterfall, to the birds singing, to the water rippling away downstream, to the sounds of nature and envisage what you might see should you open your eyes. That picture is just what you get when you visit Lydford Gorge”.  This comment was made by a visitor and really encapsulates the feeling visitors have when they visit Lydford Gorge – a great place to visit when you stay with us at The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock.

The incredible three mile walk through Lydford Gorge takes the visitor up down and through a Dartmoor river valley and into a 220ft gorge with the White Lady Waterfall at one end of the gorge and the Devil’s Cauldron at the other.  Visitors can choose to do two shorter circular walks at either end of the gorge taking in the two highlights of the walk which both take approximately 40 minutes to complete.  If you choose to do the full walk, which is recommended, the walk will take approximately two to three hours.

The gorge is an amazing place to visit at all times of the year. During spring the carpets of bluebells and wild garlic with other wild flowers create a lovely atmosphere of renewal when the trees are bursting into life and bird song is at its very best. During the summer the atmosphere changes again to a tranquil, sometimes humid, British rainforest giving a feeling to the visitors of a world away from the hustle and bustle of ‘real’ life with the vivid green canopy created from the trees in full leaf, mossy damp trunks and the overhanging watery green ferns dipping into the smooth and at other times bubbling rushing water of the river Lyd.  Autumn then arrives heralding the coming of the end of the season and year bringing with it another change with leaves turning to golden yellows and reds and the fungi grows in dramatic proliferation.

Historically and geologically Lydford Gorge is a fascinating place to visit. It is a text book example of river capture where the River Lyd captures the less powerful River Burn at the White Lady Waterfall.  Lydford has a fascinating history full of myths and legends and many real historical facts and stories which you can find out about on your visit.

Visiting Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge is just outside the village of Lydford, a 15 minute drive from The Bedford Hotel.  The postcode for your SatNav is EX20 4BH.

Lydford Gorge is open from 10am until 5pm seven days a week until October with last entry at 4.30pm.

More information:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydford-gorge or call 01822-820320.

Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge