Canonteign Falls

We had a trip over to Canonteign Falls today – I’ve never been before but have wanted to for ages to see how it compared to Lydford Gorge! Lydford Gorge has ‘the deepest gorge in the SW and a spectacular 30m waterfall’ whilst Canonteign has ‘England’s highest waterfall at 70m’. Both Lydford and Canonteign cost around the same amount to enter (£7.60 v £7.50) although NT members will gain free access to Lydford Gorge.

Here are a few pictures from our visit today. Full photo set is here.

Canonteign 1Here is the lowest part of the Waterfall close to the visitor centre.

Canonteign 5Further up with the main falls in the background

Canonteign 3The main falls

Canonteign 10

At the top – looking down – the falls start via a man made leat

Canonteign 9A reflected rhododendron in one of the lakes at the foot of the falls.

We really enjoyed our visit to Canonteign today – it was a good walk and we spend nearly three hours exploring. The waterfall is very impressive but you do need to be prepared to walk upwards! The comparison between Lydford Gorge and Canonteign Falls is a rather a good one – both involve a good up and down walk and via them you will see some spectacular Dartmoor river scenery.

A visit to Becky Falls

Went over to Becky Falls yesterday – had been meaning to visit for ages after the last time I tried to go it was closed due to stormy weather and high river levels. Here are a series of photographs. Full photo set here.

Falls21The main falls

Falls18Close up

Falls16The lower falls

Falls15Nice little waterfall on the purple trail

Falls1Boulder falls just up from the log bridge

Falls26Same spot taken several years ago during high water levels

For further details about visiting Becky Falls, opening hours and prices go to their website here. There are three routes: blue, red and purple. To see the falls you need to complete the red route which in places is a bit of a scramble – not difficult but not easy – like the river path at Lydford Gorge!

Falls23I particularly like the pixies close to the main entrance!