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  White Lady Waterfall
by King_Golo

A beautiful and not too difficult 2-hour round hike takes you to South England's deepest gorge and highest waterfall at once. Lydford Gorge is 10km away from Tavistock at the westernmost area of Dartmoor. It is owned by the National Trust, meaning you have to pay a rather high admission fee, but it's worth it if you come shortly after the gorge opens and you still have it all for yourself. The track first takes you along the rim of the gorge before you descend towards the waterfall known as the White Lady. It's only a meter wide, but 27.2m deep, thereby making it a romantic and picturesque place. As with every beautiful place, there is also a legend. If you fall into the river and see a lady in white standing in the waterfall, you will not drown. Due to the fierce currents in some places, it is unadvisable to try the experiment yourself... The path continues next to the river behind the waterfall and eventually ends at the ravine "Devil's Cauldron" where you can stand directly above the rushing waters of River Lyd, separated from it only by a grid structure. From there, it's only 5 minutes back to the visitor centre.

Directions: Lydford is 10km south of Okehampton and 10km north of Tavistock. The gorge is signposted.

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  • Written Sep 24, 2011
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