National Trust Lydford Gorge

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 mile from the Devil’s Cauldron entrance).There are tearooms available – please see the National Trust Lydford Gorge website for details of opening. 

The Tramper at Lydford Gorge is available from March to October each year. In winter staffing is reduced and the path to the waterfall can become slippery and unsafe. 

Booking the Tramper – To guarantee that the Tramper is available we ask you to book (by contacting National Trust Lydford Gorge directly) at least three days in advance. Bookings can be taken up to four weeks in advance. It may also be possible to hire the Tramper at shorter notice but this cannot be guaranteed. Emails and calls are picked up during the week. At weekends please speak to the team on site.

If high winds are forecast and National Trust have to close the gorge you will be notified as soon as possible, however this might be the day before your booking.

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. The flora in the gorge changes with the seasons. Wildflowers such as wild garlic and bluebells abound in spring, filling the gorge with colour and scent. Summer is dominated by the green leaves of the Oak woodland which encloses the gorge making it feel more magical. In autumn the Oak leaves turn to golden brown before falling and colourful fungi can pop up in unexpected places.

Contact details

Address Lydford, near Tavistock, EX20 4BL
Telephone 01822820320

Key information

1 Tramper Available


Dogs Welcome

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet(s)

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