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Enabling easy access to the South West's beauty spots

National Trust Lydford Gorge

Equipment Available: 1 Tramper
Environment: Forest/Woodland
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Information centre
  • Cafe or shop
  • Dog friendly

The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30m waterfall. Explore part of this lush oak-wooded steep-sided river gorge by Tramper, including the magical 30-metre-high Whitelady Waterfall.

The Tramper is available for hire from The Waterfall Entrance (1.5 west from the Devil's Cauldron entrance).The Waterfall Tearooms are open 11:00 am to 5:00pm everyday. 

The Tramper at Lydford Gorge is only available between March and the end of October each year. This is because of reduced staffing during the winter months and because the route down to the waterfall can become very slippery.

Booking the Tramper - Phoning in advance of the day you wish to use the Tramper is strongly recommended. This is particularly the case if wishing to use the Tramper at the weekend when staffing levels vary and on occasions answering calls or hiring out the Trampers may be difficult. 

Routes at Lydford Gorge - There are 2 Tramper route options at Lydford Gorge. The first winds steeply down hill to the bottom of the gorge and ends at the spectacular Whitelady Waterfall. The second route follows the old railway line through dense woodland to a bird hide. Both options are 'out and back'  along the same route. PLEASE NOTE: FOR SAFETY REASONS TRAMPER USERS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED.

The gorge is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year. The wildlife, river, plants and trees provide a stunning show each and every day. Dippers and wagtails can be seen flying low over the river, while woodland birds can be spotted darting about in the trees. Bluebells and wild garlic provide a heady scent and patchwork quilt of green, white and blue in May. Throughout the spring and summer other wildflowers add to the array of colours from pink purslane to the yellows of primroses and buttercups. The trees provide a spectrum of colour from the bright greens of the spring to the rich reds, oranges and yellows of autumn.

Travelling to Lydford Gorge  - Plan your journey by car or public transport using the map below:

Contact National Trust Lydford Gorge


Lydford, near Tavistock, Devon, EX20 4BL


01822 820320

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