Walking and Cycling at Tamar Lakes

There are many miles of paths following the shorelines of the two lakes, meandering through woodland and on to open countryside. There’s also a wealth of wildlife to watch and discover, with bird hides located at both Upper and Lower Lakes. So whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, an active cycle ride or a more challenging walk, whatever your ability, there is something for everyone at Tamar.

Maps of the lakes, with the walks highlighted, are available to download, leaflets detailing the two Bude Canal walks that link to Tamar Lakes are available to purchase from the Bude Tourist Information Centre. If you’re feeling fit you can walk all the way from Bude to Tamar Lakes.

Stout footwear is recommended as sections of the path around the lake may become muddy during wet weather. At times, due to weather conditions or maintenance, it is necessary to temporarily close sections of these paths. Information on any closures will be listed below when necessary.

Lower Tamar Walk:  From the lower car park. Moderate one way walk. 2.4m / 3.8km. With a link to the Bude Aqueduct walk and River Walk.

Meadow Walk:  From the upper car park. Easy walk which can be linked with the Lakeside walk to form a circular walk. 0.6m / 1 km

Lakeside Walk – Together with 1 South West, the South West Lakes Trust have worked hard to achieve a level path around the entire lake. It is now possible for anyone on foot, bikes or mobility scooters to comfortably enjoy the stunning views and wildlife around the lake.

Circular:  A nice family walk of 2.8m / 4.5km.  This trail has been developed in partnership with the 1 South West off road cycling project. 1 South West is creating an off-road cycling region for people to enjoy adventurous off-road cycling and progress their riding with confidence and provides the information to help you plan and enjoy great adventures time and again.

River Walk:  From the upper car park. Easy, one way walk and can be linked with the Lower Walk for a circular walk 1.25m / 2km

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