The beauty of nature
Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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Lydford Gorge is an attractive tree-lined ravine with enchanting riverside walks.
The walk around Lydford Gorge is only three miles long but it's a stunning walk surrounded by ancient woodland. This gorge is the deepest in South West England and features the 100 ft high White Lady Waterfall and a whirlpool known as the Devil's Cauldron. The River Lyd flows through the gorge and you can hear it wherever you are, the walk takes you along the top of the gorge on one side and then down in the gorge alongside the river on the way back.
Although the route is only three miles long, it takes a long time to walk round because you find yourself wanting to stop and take in the views and fresh air, listen to the water bubbling along or crashing down from the waterfall - its just so beautiful. It's a haven for wildlife too, there are loads of birds flitting in and around the trees surrounding us, we've seen a kingfisher here before. The sunlight is filtering through the trees and I just couldn't have been happier. Caroline and John walk on ahead a bit, but for most of it, I just want to walk alone and savour the beauty of this place.
Half way round the walk, you can leave the gorge and there is a track up to an old farmhouse where you can get refreshments - so we did, a piece of cake and a drink each - it was wonderful sitting there in the sunshine, Caroline and John were messing around a lot, so there were plenty of laughs. After the tearoom we continue on to the waterfall, where we sit for a long time. Waterfalls captivate me and I just sit watching the water cascade down the rock face - I find the sound extremely therapeutic.
We resume walking and there are several smaller waterfalls before reaching the Devils Cauldron - you can hear the thundering water of the Devils Cauldron way before you reach it. After staying there for a while, we make our way back to the start - the walk restored my equilibrium.
We drive back through the countryside and decide to stop off in Padstow to get some chips. We sit on the seafront and eat them, then wander around the harbour, getting an ice-cream to walk back to the car with.
We drop back to get changed for Theresa's birthday party - its fancy dress with a 60's theme - and then we make our way back to the Watering Hole to meet up with everyone and in fact the party was taking place there too. The party was brilliant, we had a really good time. We were introduced to lots of new people and had some laughs, and once the band came on, me and John pretty much danced the night away - it was awesome, we had so much fun doing silly dance moves and generally fooling around. At the end of the evening we said our goodbyes to everyone as we won't be seeing them tomorrow and then headed off to bed.