Lydford gorge

This is a small (but often wet and slippery, be careful with children!) spectacular hike along the River Lyd in a loop. You will discover the deepest river gorge in the south-west using several impressive footbridges over the gorge and you will see a beautiful waterfall too.

Technical sheet
No. 3726172
A Brentor walk posted on 02/08/20 by charentimoy. Update : 23/11/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h50[?]
Distance Distance : 5.55km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 85m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 95m
Highest point Highest point : 216m
Lowest point Lowest point : 151m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Dartmoor
Location Location : Brentor
Starting point Starting point : N 50.629177° / W 4.120718°
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Devil's Cauldron White Lady Waterfall along river lyd


(D/A) Park your car at Lydford Gorge waterfall entrance (click National Trust link in the section "useful information" below for more information ).

Pass the entrance gate, take the path on the left and go under the bridge. Keep going down on the main path following "White Lady waterfall" signpost. (leave the short way on your right).

(1) You are now close to the river. Then, you will pass a mine shaft and finally reach the stunning "White Lady" waterfall. From this point, cross the bridge behind you, and follow "Devil's Cauldron". (be careful, rocks are really slippery, hold children's hand or watch them along the whole gorge!)

(2) The path follows the river in a beautiful and quiet nature leading to a metallic footbridge over the river, then a small tunnel. Continue the path with a handrail along the river Lyd, then you will pass a new grey bridge on your right (leave it but remember you will use it on return). Go straight, cross a small wooden bridge, then a rusty concrete bridge.

(3) You are now on the other side of the river, go up a few steps and you will see the "warning sign" leading to Devils's cauldron entrance on your left. head the impressive footbridge over the gap in the gorge. Be careful, it can be really dangerous with children!)

(4) Go back to Devil's cauldron entrance, climb steps and follow the gorge becoming very narrow in this area. You will take another impressive footbridge over a gap passing under Lydford bridge. (Pay attention, the next part (way and return) is not very secured for children so you can avoid it and go back directly to the new grey bridge you passed before the cauldron) This path leads to Tucker's pool, a dead-end (no entry sign). Please, be careful, use the handrail on your way, it's very slippery and can be dangerous!

(5) Now, it's time to retrace your steps towards the new grey bridge. Cross it, and go up until a junction signpost.

(6) From this point close to children's play area, follow "Waterfall entrance 1/2 mile" arrow. This path in the forest is a succession of small steps and wooden bridges until a final one over "the beginning" of White Lady waterfall. Go under the bridge, then bear left and you are back to the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 204m - Lydford Gorge waterfall entrance
1 : km 0.96 - alt. 171m - White Lady Waterfall
2 : km 1.62 - alt. 184m - New metallic footbridge
3 : km 2.6 - alt. 202m - Devil's cauldron
4 : km 3.06 - alt. 216m - Tucker's pool (Dead end)
5 : km 3.73 - alt. 194m - New white/grey Bridge
6 : km 3.84 - alt. 194m - Junction signpost
D/A : km 5.55 - alt. 203m - Lydford Gorge waterfall entrance

Useful Information

More information about Lydford gorge (access and opening times, prices...) at

Important : check the National Trust website before your visit.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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