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Waterfall

Waterfalls are beautiful and unique. Some of them are even more photogenic with the perfect sunlight or need a heavy rainfall to unfold its beauty.

Best light for the waterfall in the morning.

Saarburg is very popuplar for visitors from France and Luxembourg. If possible avoid weekends.

DE Germany

In the winter only the short walk to the White Lady Waterfall is opened between 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. Devil’s Cauldron and the gorge can get closed by a gate.

Lydford Gorge can get closed by a gate

In spring and summer, the whole gorge is opened from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Check the opening hours first. The gorge can get flooded and is closed after several days of heavy rain.

Crowds

The short waterfall trail is very popular and gets crowded during weekends and bank holidays and especially in the pleasant summer months. Also, the gorge trail can get busy. Fewer people hike the trail mid-week and rain keeps the crowds away. Luckily, the hike is arranged in a one-way system clockwise due to the narrow and often slippery path. Start the hike at the waterfall entrance on weekends at 10 a.m. to enjoy the White Lady Waterfall before it gets too crowded.

Lydford Gorge - White Lady Waterfall

Throughout spring and summer wildflowers like the bluebell and wood anemone both in May and also wild garlic are in bloom along the trail.

Top Tips
  • Often they leave the gate open. This enables you to start the hike early morning before or in the evening in summer after the crowds. There is a donation box to put in the entrance fee.
  • We recommend staying in Lydford for one night to hike to Widgery Cross which is still a hidden gem. Check out the place just around the corner. We highly recommend the Lydford Country House 15 minutes walk from the gorge. 
Climate Tavistock (south of Lydford)

Lydford experiences a temperate climate. July and August are the most pleasant months with almost 20°C on average, but 30°C can occur in the summer. May, June, September, and October are cool with temps between 10°C and 17°C. November to mid-April are cold on average 3°C to 8°C. Usually, the temps in winter are above 0°C. The wettest months with drizzle and precipitation are October to March. Anyhow, don't forget your rain jacket. Rain may occur throughout the year. 

GB United Kingdom

The waterfall and trails are open all year. You have to pay an entrance fee from mid-April/ May until end of October daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. last admission at 4.30 p.m.

An average of 450,000 m³ of water plunges down the falls a day in summer which is 5.6 m³ per second. The waterfall is at its peak late evening due to the midday melted water of the glacier.

Best sunlight for the waterfalls at noon. The waterfall has only a fraction of water in winter.

In winter, you walk at your own risk and it can be a bit difficult to hike to the topmost part; the lowest part is mostly possible. Every Wednesday a guided torch hike is offered at 8.30 p.m. Meeting point is the bandstand in Krimml.

Crowds:
It is a very popular natural spectacle with more than 400.000 visitors each year therefore very crowded at Eastern and in summer – viewer people in the morning. Very special in winter.

AT Austria

The short walk to Nelson Falls can be done all year. The 30 m high waterfall is at its peak in winter and spring, particularly after heavy rainfall. We visited Nelson Falls once in February and again in November. During summer in February, it was a trickle only, and in November it was a tremendous fall. It was great fun to watch these falls again although I became utterly wet from the spray. It was freezing cold below 10 °C. It's an unforgettable experience in winter and spring despite the cold temps.

Weather Details

The Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park has a wet oceanic climate and is the wettest area in Tasmania. The “driest” month is February followed by January and March. In summer the temps are about 20 °C, records are over 30 °C but can also drop below 10 °C. During winter, it can drop below zero. The wettest months are May to October. However, be prepared when traveling to the west; expect rain!

AU Australia

Golden hour is the best time to visit about an hour before sunset and an hour after sunrise are great for photos because it's the best lighting. Mid day is great for those who wanna get wet during the summer under the falls.

US United States

In the afternoon and depending on the season different waterlevel.
In the afternoon the falls shine in a wonderful bright warm light in contrast to the morning where you are faced with backlight and a glaring sunlight. The best time of the year is depending on what you expect to see. The highest flow is from February to May/July . Most of the viewpoints are too misty for a good picture and view but most impressive if viewed from the air. Low water level occurs from August until January. The rainy season last from November to March and it gets quite hot. Therefore our favorite months are August and September usually sunny and dry days. The level of the Zambesi river is still high enough for the falls but not too misty or even dry.

ZW Zimbabwe