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River Lyd (Devon)

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

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) 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 Waterfall' and a series of whirlpools known as the 'Devil's Cauldron'.[4]

External links

  • Lydford Gorge information at the National Trust


  1. ^ Dartmoor (Explorer Map OL28) (B3 ed.),  
  2. ^ Launceston & Holsworthy (Explorer Map 112) (B1 ed.),  
  3. ^ "Lydford Gorge" (pdf). Educational Register of Geological Sites.  
  4. ^ "Get your toes wet at Lydford Gorge".  

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