Lydford Gorge is managed by the National Trust and is always a magical place to visit. There are gorge walks, woodlands, an old railway track and of course waterfalls to discover. Well signposted from the A386 (off the A30 near Okehampton) there are 2 entrances.
Closer to Lydford Village is the Devil’s Cauldron Car Park, where there is a tea rooms, orchard gardens, play area and toilets (the paths to the Devil’s Cauldron are currently closed for social distancing). Slightly further along the road is the Whitelady Waterfall entrance, you need to book a timed ticket for this site but there are also toilets and a tea room open here. Usually you would be able to walk along the gorge between the 2 entrances but current Covid restrictions mean you can only walk a circular route from the Whitelady entrance.
The Easter fun is located at the Devil’s Cauldron site. You do not need to book for entrance here. The trail is £3 per child and a goodie bag with a treat is included. The trail is all contained within the orchard and there’s loads of space to run around and to play on the play equipment dotted about the site.
There were lots of different nature-based activities to take part in, as well as extra written tasks if you have keen beans. There is something for all ages and my gang of 4 – 11 year olds all had a great time. Be aware that the site is rough underfoot and very steep in places so hard going for v little legs and not suitable for wheels.
If you want a longer walk or to see the waterfall, you need to book a timed ticket and drive to the Whitelady car park. Timed slots are free for members but non members need to pay for entrance. The loop walk is about 3.5km, and again can be stony underfoot and very steep in places. The majority of the walk is along the river and there are lots of spots for paddling and exploring before you reach the awesome waterfall! There is a signed one way loop in operation for social distancing and the return is via and old railway track in places. There are lots of things to spot on your walk – birds, bats and dormouse boxes among them!