River Lyd, Devon

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The White Lady waterfall at Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge (detail)

The Lyd is a river rising at Lyd Head[1] (Corn Ridge in NW Dartmoor) in the Dartmoor national park in Devon in south-west England and flowing into the River Tamar beyond Lifton.[2] This is the deepest gorge in the South West of England.

Lydford Gorge[edit]

Lydford Gorge (National Trust) is a dramatic feature of the river at Lydford on the edge of the National Park; it is a 1.5-mile-long (2.4 km) gorge near Lydford on the River Lyd, which is the deepest in South West England. It was formed by the process of river capture, where the start of a nearby river eroded backwards until its origin intersected with the Lyd diverting its course into the second channel.[3]

Owned and maintained by the National Trust since 1947, the gorge features the 100-foot-high (30-metre) 'White Lady Waterfall' and a series of whirlpools known as the 'Devil's Cauldron'.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dartmoor (Explorer Map OL28) (B3 ed.), Ordnance Survey, 2010, ISBN 978-0-319-24143-1
  2. ^ Launceston & Holsworthy (Explorer Map 112) (B1 ed.), Ordnance Survey, 2005, ISBN 978-0-319-23711-3
  3. ^ "Lydford Gorge" (pdf). Educational Register of Geological Sites. Devon County Council. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  4. ^ "Get your toes wet at Lydford Gorge". BBC. 2003. Retrieved 2010-12-24.

Coordinates: 50°37′59″N 4°17′59″W / 50.633°N 4.2996°W / 50.633; -4.2996