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Stunning walks along the gorge

Slightly challenging walks along the gorge with stunning scenery and rivers, wildlife and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mark W
A great walk - be careful with small children

Be away from the stress of urban environments for a few hours. Beware the stones underfoot can be... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Lydford Gorge The Stables | Waterfall entrance, Lydford, Dartmoor National Park EX20 4BH, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Slightly challenging walks along the gorge with stunning scenery and rivers, wildlife and waterfalls. Lots of watering holes for a stop if you choose and your entry fee helps towards the upkeep of this iconic English attraction.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mark W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Be away from the stress of urban environments for a few hours. Beware the stones underfoot can be very slippery but as long as you are careful it's worth walking the length of the gorge and back for fabulous scenery , waterfalls and rushing streams,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great walk but having to climb over all the locked gates made it unnecessarily dangerous. National Trust should reconsider their H&S measures.

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank GavSeinor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place to just wander around and take in nature. Ideal for man’s best friend not good for disabled can be very slippery in winter. Beautiful place beautiful village.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Worldgirl77
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Came here in late November for a walk with our pooches. We enjoyed a lovely lunch pre-walk in the tea shop - the vegetable tagine was to die for, my wife enjoyed her soup too! I wanted to mention that the staff in the gift...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Mike G
Reviewed December 6, 2018

A lot of walking but masses of interest and value for money. Be prepared by wearing stout boots and suitable clothing.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cweavers
Reviewed November 21, 2018

As it was November the Gorge was not full open. However I was advised that we could go to the waterfall entrance and the tearooms would be open at 11am from Thursday to Sunday. This was ideal as my wife has problems walking to far...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EdwardS5
Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

We walked part of the gorge during a recent visit to the area ... the main part of the gorge is closed from October to March ... but there is a spectacular waterfall at one end which is accessible all year round. The walk is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AlixBlumMatt
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Disappointed that the main gorge was now closed for the winter, but you could still access the Whitelady Waterfall, so off we went, taking the short and steep steps down to the gorge and the waterfall. There is a long and easier route to use...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PoliteEngineer
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Beautiful, autumnal weather made this a delightful walk. Could be tough going if you have a mobility issue. Cafes at either end of Gorge, plus NT gift shop. Our mobiles didn’t work there, which made contact impossible for pick up at car park later. However,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Sharon T
July 25, 2018|
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Response from blenhoff | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are handrails where needed
Kia M
June 27, 2018|
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Response from PebblesBob | Reviewed this property |
Just a river running through it which I doubt you are allowed to swim in
Aimee C
June 16, 2018|
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Response from LDClogs | Reviewed this property |
A well-behaved and closely supervised four-year-old would be fine, but not if he/she is inclined to run off - the path is narrow and next to a fast-flowing river in many places.
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London, United Kingdom
Waterfalls, Gorges, Exploring! (5 Replies)
I've been to Lydford Gorge and Becky Falls, both in Dartmoor. We're trying to plan a mini road trip focusing on Cornwall, and perhaps Devon. Can anyone think of any other places like these - think plenty of waterfalls, gorges, exploring (by foot, nothing requiring ropes and loads of gear etc!). These are my snaps from Lydford, to give you an idea: http://www.flickr.com/photos/99036196@N00/tags/lydford/ Thanks in advance :) (xposted to Cornwall too).
August 25, 2010|
Response fromBridgnorthSnaps|
If you don't mind hike on Dartmoor; go up the East Dart River from Postbridge, cut off a curve by crossing Broad Down, back to the river and there are the waterfalls ; a longish cascade over granite ledges. About four miles each way. You'll need a good map and boots. Perhaps one of those books ,which has a detailed collection of walks would be a good idea.
Patrick W
Crofton, Maryland
Overnight stay/ stops between Padstow and Bournemouth (1 Replies)
I'll be driving from Padstow to Bournemouth in October and was looking for recommendations for stopping off points/lunch and also for recommendations on where to stay overnight. I was considering stopping at Lydford Gorge and maybe Chagford. Any suggestions for this drive? Also are Lydford and Chagford worth the stops? Thanks, Patrick
July 30, 2014|
Response fromRiotstar|
Lydford Gorge is well worth a visit if you enjoy walking, the waterfall and 'Devil's cauldron' are quite stunning sights. Tavistock is a nice town, too, if you will go through there. As for overnight perhaps Exeter or Lyme Regis?
motor home tour (0 Replies)
Hi WE live in the peak district, travelling to Lydford Gorge for the first stop, possibly not going to be brilliant weather, would like either to tour South Cornwall or South Devon. We have a motor home, like walking and cycling. Think at least the weather might be a little kinder on the South Coast. Do not know the area very well, wondered if any one out there could suggest good camp sites on the coastal paths or the most interesting places to see, love quaint villages and wide open spaces,...More
September 15, 2011|