Lydford Gorge Walk, White Lady Waterfall and Lydford Castle

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Dartmoor National Park

Lydford Gorge Walk, White Lady Waterfall and Lydford Castle is a 3.7 mile loop trail located near Okehampton, Devon, England that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length3.7 miElevation gain577 ftRoute typeLoop
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NOTE: Dogs must be kept on a lead on the castle grounds due to nearby grazing sheep. This trail will take you into the lush green forests surround the stunning Whitelady Waterfall. The water runs down the gorge’s face like a skein of silk, inspiring theories around its name. The waterfall is a prime example of river capture – where two rivers intercept, or a larger river takes on a smaller one. In this case, the mighty River Lyd ensnared the smaller River Burn, and was forced to change course. The River Lyd’s greater strength meant that it could erode the bottom of the gorge faster than the River Burn, resulting in a huge difference in height. The result is that the River Burn plummets into the gorge. Hence behold the amazing natural feature named the Whitelady Waterfall. The wind and spray from the impact of water on rocks provides a rainforest-like environment that nurtures all manner of plant life, and is a hotspot for many varieties of mosses and ferns. The atmosphere of this place is evocative of a prehistoric scene. Towards the middle of the walk, you will reach Lydford and its surrounding three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th century tower on a mound, built as a prison. It later became notorious for harsh punishments. To the south is an earlier Norman earthwork castle and to the north, there are Saxon town defences. This is a great spot for a picnic, surrounded by imposing historical ruins which will evoke great conversation for all the family.

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Tabatha-Jayne Arscott
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A lot of routes were closed due to the weather, so done a smaller route

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Brett TRUDGEON
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Jade Avery
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Absolutely beautiful in the autumn - although a lot of the trails were closed off? But still access to the waterfall, which was clearly signed. Really refreshing atmosphere with the ancient trees!

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Suzie Magnus
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Ben Reynolds
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Tracey Atkin
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Ryan Sinclair
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Ben Haisting
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