Lydford Gorge
Devil's Cauldron, Lydford Gorge
A fantastic wooded gorge, the deepest in the West Country, with  a 30 metre waterfall and a spectaculr Devil's Cauldron whirlpool. The River Lyd thunders through the narrow gorge in places, and in other places slows to a peaful meander through beautiful woodland. There are circular walk trails, offering a 3 miles walk or an easier 1.5 mile wak.
At one end of the Gorge is Whitelady waterfall, a beautiful cascade. At the other end of the gorge, near the National Trust visitor centre, is the Devil's Cauldron, where you can walk out along a viewing platform and look down on roiling whirlpools formed by the shape of the rocks on either side of a narrow passage.

Between the two ends of the gorge are footpaths along the river and through pretty woodland. The paths pass a second waterfall named Tunnel Falls. Near Whitelady is a disused railway line, where footpaths lead to a bird hide. Indeed, the entire gorge is a good place to practice your bird-watching skills!

Immediately outside the confines of the Gorge is historic Lydford, a Saxon village that boasts a medieval castle that was once a notorious prison.

Note: Please wear good footwear. Footpaths along the gorge can be slippery in wet weather, and even in dry weather the spray from the river and waterfalls can make the going wet and muddy in places.

I adored my visit to Lydford Gorge; its a stunning place to visit.