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Lakes & Facilities Lopwell

The breathtaking Lopwell Dam on the upper tidal mark of the River Tavy is an excellent site for bird watching and walking.

Located just 3 miles north of Plymouth and 7 miles from Tavistock, this wildlife haven is well worth a visit. A brand new cafe and visitor centre is welcoming guests at the recently refurbished Old Pumphouse at Lopwell. Lopwell has a rich heritage, find more on the history page.

Lopwell Dam is a designated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) covering an area of approximately 5 hectares. The area consists of several different habitats including mudflats, freshwater marsh, wildflower meadow, scrub-grassland, saltmarsh and semi-natural woodland. The area is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

A Lopwell Walks leaflet to guide you around the site, including information on flora and fauna, is available from our head office (01566 771930). The Bere Peninsula cycle route runs nearby, and the Tamar Discovery Trail begins at Lopwell


For further information

Telephone: 01822 855700


  • bird watching
  • disabled access
  • ice cream
  • picnic area
  • toilets
  • trout fishing
  • woodland walk footpath

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