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Tamar Lakes Country Park

Tamar Lakes Country Park is two miles from the A39 north of Bude on the North Cornwall coast and the two lakes offer a variety of activities including watersports, angling, walking, cycling and relaxing.

The watersports centre at Upper Tamar offers a range of watersports to  visitors, who can also benefit from tuition from qualified instructors, hire equipment or launch their own craft. There is also a peaceful campsite, a café overlooking the lake and Visitor Centre. There is also a children’s play area and plenty of space for informal games.

The Green grade ‘Tamar Tootle’ circumnavigates the lake, providing beautiful views and relaxed cycling.

Location: Near Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9SB. Map ref LR190: Upper Lake 288118, Lower Lake 294107.

Public Transport

  • Stagecoach operate a service on Sundays from Bude – Barnstaple via Kilkhampton, service number 319 (May to Sept). Visit the Stagecoach website.
  • Western Greyhound operate a town service from Bude to Kilkhampton (Monday – Saturday). Service number 520 visit the Western Greyhound website.
  • Kilkhampton is the nearset bus stop and links up with the Bude Canal Trails Canal & Coast Walk. Tamar Lakes are approximately 3 miles from Kilkhampton on this trail.

For more information visit the South West Lakes Trust webpages.

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Upper Tamar facilities:
  • Walking and cycling trails
  • Outdoor + Active Centre offering watersports tuition and hire
  • Bike hire
  • Visitor Centre
  • Tamar Cafe
  • Picnic area
  • Play area
  • Campsite
  • Coarse fishing (by permit)
  • Toilets
Lower Tamar facilities:
  • Walking trails
  • Managed as a nature reserve
  • Bird hide
  • Picnic area
For opening times and further details visit the South West Lakes Trust website.

Tamar Tootle Cycle Trail

Green Grade (Easy), 4.7 km (3 miles), 1 - 1.5 hrs

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