Tamar Lakes Country Park

Tamar Lakes Country Park near Bude, these two lakes offer a variety of activities including bird watching, watersports, angling, walking, cycling and relaxing.

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.

Upper Tamar


The Outdoor + Active Centre at Upper Tamar offers sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, rowing boats and rafting for individuals, families and groups. Visitors can benefit from tuition from our qualified instructors, hire equipment or launch their own craft.
Sessions are 1 hour, 2 hour, 1/2 day or full day depending on activity.

A Wheelyboat is available for 1/2 day and full day hire. Designed for wheelchairs users and less able visitors to access the lake independently.  Training is give as part of the price. click here for more information.

The Centre is open seasonally April 1 to September 30. Please call for opening days and times – Tel: 01288 321712


The Frog Hopper is a dog friendly cafe overlooking the lake serving a delicious range of light lunches, meals, desserts, homemade cakes, gluten-free alternatives, hot and cold drinks and Dunstaple Farm House’s Devon ice cream.  Open  Easter to October, 7 Days a week, out of season open times vary.  Please call for opening times – Tel: 01288 321607. There is also a popular round lake walk which takes about one hour and a children’s play area. There are plenty of places to eat your own picnic over looking the lake.


Adjacent to the Centre is a campsite which caters for holidaymakers and watersports participants alike. The peaceful campsite is an ideal base for exploring North Cornwall and Devon and is perfect for families, groups and couples. Camping Pods are also available on site.


This quiet lake is also a popular Coarse Fishery. Species include Carp, Bream, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Eels. The lake record is a 46lb Mirror Carp caught in 2007. 100lb plus bags of Bream and 30lb Rudd and Roach are also common. Regular 48 hour Carp competitions are held with limited space available.

Fishing tuition is available as is the hire of fishing equipment.

Lower Tamar

At Lower Tamar you will find a much smaller lake with easy going footpaths. The Lower Lake is predominantly managed as a nature reserve as it is popular with many wildfowl. There is a bird hide open to all and several picnic tables.

Both lakes have their own car parks and linking footpaths creating longer walks. Stout footwear is recommended as sections of the path around the lake may become muddy during wet weather.

The Bude Aqueduct Walk starts and finishes at Lower Tamar Lake and a trail leaflet is available from the café, or Bude Tourist Information Centre.

Average Session Length:
2 hours

Average price per session (adult):

Average price per session (child)

Best for:
Equipment provided
Dog friendly
Family friendly
Groups welcome
Wet Weather
Potentially accessible for wheel chair users

Upper Tamar Lakes, Near Kilkhampton

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