Lydford Gorge

lydford gorge

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Lydford Gorge is owned by the National Trust and as such, warrants an entrance fee.  It is the deepest Gorge in the South West and is set in glorious woodland.  Parts of the walk can be quite treacherous, so it is not for the faint hearted! It takes approximately 1.5 – 3 hours (depending on which route you take).

There are entrances each end of the Gorge. I normally park up at the main entrance near Lydford village where there are also shops and toilets. Walk along the upper side of the valley, signposted to the waterfall.  You have a choice: there are 2 walks you can do, there is a long and easy walk or a short and steep walk. I prefer the long and easy walk, especially if I have my dog with me.

There is much more to see on the long walk and I never like to challenge myself too much on a walk. After all, isn’t walking all about relaxing?  That’s the way I look at it. Part of the way along the walk, there’s a lovely little cafe, where you can stop to refresh and drink a welcome cuppa before moving on.

The waterfall is beautiful, and is renowned for its picturesque quality.  Once you have arrived at the White Ladies Waterfall you will follow the path along the length of the gorge to the spectacular Devil’s Cauldron.  There are hand rails along the way as the rocks are often slippery. Be extra careful if you have a dog on lead that pulls!  

I would love to hear what you think about walking Lydford Gorge, and any of your favourite walks. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or follow us on Twitter?

About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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