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Published May 27th 2020
Strap your hiking boots on
A visit to Lydford Gorge takes you into what feels like a hidden world. Driving along the nearby lanes, it would be hard to guess that this unique place exists as its surrounded by farmland.



With a thirty-metre high waterfall, it is the deepest river gorge in this small corner of the English countryside with the River Lyd running through its heart.

It is a peaceful and relaxing place to visit, and you are surrounded by the sounds of the river and abundant wildlife that you can spot while walking around.



There are several hiking trails here, but due to the paths being narrow on some of the tracks, the National Trust has made them one-directional. Unfortunately, some are unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs as they also have stairs. The difficulty of the trails range from easy to challenging, and some can take a few hours to complete.



Along a few of the walks, some steep sides drop off into deep water, with a handrail on one side only and no safety barrier. Our children, aged nine and six, managed the narrow paths without any problem with the rail being at a level that is easy for them to use as they walked.

Sections of the path can be slippery, even when dry as it is on bare rock and if you are planning to make the long loop, we found the hardest section was near the lower car park that's furthest from Lydford.



There are benches along the trail where you can take a rest and enjoy the atmosphere. Beside each car park, there is a café, gift shop and accessible toilets with parking for disabled visitors close to each entrance.



The reception staff we spoke to were knowledgable and helpful, providing us with useful details about the trails and a map. Café prices were reasonable, and they have indoor and outdoor seating at the Devils Cauldron one, but only indoor at the Waterfall entrance.

We found a small playground near the top entrance, which kept the kids entertained for 15 minutes while we sat nearby and had coffee.



When driving, you can enter postcode EX20 4BH for the upper entrance at Devil's Cauldron or EX20 4BL for the lower Waterfall entrance.

A visit here could entertain you for the whole day if you wanted, but even for a few hours, it's a great place to visit we'd visit again next time we are in the area.
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Why? Wildlife and exercise in the country
When: Open all year but, some trails close due to weather so check website
Phone: 01822820320
Where: Lydford, near Tavistock, Devon, EX20 4BH
Cost: Free for National Trust members or Adult £10.50, Child £5.25, Family £26.25, Family one adult £15.75
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