Lydford Gorge is a splendid place to visit for a short circular walk through dramatic surroundings. It is located in the Dartmoor National Park near the town of Lydford and is notable as the deepest gorge in the South West of England. The footpaths take you through the wooded glade to the fantastic 100-foot-high (30-metre) 'White Lady Waterfall'. In wet weather the falls are a spectacular sight being the highest waterfall in the south west. You will also visit a series of noisy whirlpools known as the 'Devil's Cauldron' where the water seems to be boiling. Another highlight are the Tunnel Falls - a series of potholes formed by the River Lyd eroding the rock away.
Start the walk from the National Trust car park next to the Devil's Cauldron. You can then follow the woodland trails south along the river before crossing to the other side and turning it into a circular walk by following the western paths. The route runs for just under 2 miles on an undulating path. Look out for flora including pretty wood anenome and bluebells which cover the steep slopes of the gorge during the spring months.
The gorge is located next to the Dartmoor Way long distance walk so you could continue your walk by following the path south towards Mary Tavy and Tavistock or north towards Bridestowe and Okehampton.
Also nearby is the splendid Tavy Cleave and Hare Tor where you can enjoy the steep-sided valley of the River Tavy before climbing Hare Tor for wonderful views over Dartmoor.
Lydford Gorge Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Lydford Gorge Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Lydford Gorge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Lydford Gorge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's two on site tea rooms run by the National Trust. They're located at each of the two entrances to the gorge – the Devil’s Cauldron and Waterfall entrance. The latter has a nice selection of second hand books to browse.
If you fancy a pub lunch then the The Dartmoor Inn is a good option. The pub dates back to the 16th century and serves good quality food. Inside there's slate flooring, wooden furniture and a wonderful real fire. Outside there's a lovely garden area with views of the countryside. You can find them just east of the gorge at postcode EX20 4AY for your sat navs. The inn is dog friendly.
The gorge is a nice place for a dog walk though it is advised they are kept on leads for the wildlife and their own safety. The tea rooms mentioned above are also dog friendly.