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Lakes & Facilities Roadford Lake

Roadford Lake, between Okehampton & Launceston, Devon PL16 0RL
map ref: LR190 421900

With over 730 acres of water, Roadford Lake is a spectacular lake set on the edge of Dartmoor between Okehampton and Launceston, very easily accessed from Stowford Cross on the A30, and with ample parking. On the southern bank you will find the Lakeside Cafe and Function Suite which includes a Visitor Centre, giving information on the history of the valley, with interactive exhibits. The Lakeside Cafe and Gift Shop and Visitor Centre are open daily.


Roadford is home to the striking 6m stainless steel Diamond Jubilee Sundial   which is Devon's gift to the Her Majesty The Queen to commemorate the six decades of Her Majesty's reign.


Lakeside Cafe

Open daily from 10.00am until 5.00pm  

Visitors to this side of the lake can enjoy miles of footpaths and a cycleway which winds its way through a maturing planted forest overlooking the Lake. Or you can take a rowing boat to explore the scenery from a different perspective from the water.


The Lakeside Function Suite overlooking the water caters for large and small conferences, parties, receptions, civil ceremonies, dinner dances and much more. Our Manager will be happy to meet you and can be contacted on 01566 784859 or


Across the water is our popular Outdoor + Active Centre offering brown trout angling, sailing, windsurfing, rowing, kayaking and camping. Our instructors are on hand for tuition, self launch and hire, please call the centre for further information or e-mail


The Centre here is a magnet for groups and individuals wanting to enjoy the water and learn new skills. Open daily in the summer months 9am-5pm and reduced hours in the winter.


Adjacent to the Centre is a campsite which caters for holidaymakers and watersports participants alike.

For further information telephone:

Lakeside Cafe & Function Suite: 01566 784859

Outdoor + Active Centre: 01409 211507

Daily car parking charges apply. Why not purchase an annual parking permit for only £30 to give you free parking at all South West Lakes Trust venues?  Available from our head office on 01566 771930. By purchasing an annual parking permit you will automatically become a Friends of the Trust.

Public Transport: Western Greyhound operate the 510 service between Exeter & Newquay stopping at Okehampton, Lifton and Launceston. Lifton is the closest stop to Roadford Lake on this service (approximately 5.5 miles).

Carmel coaches operate a Friday only service (188) from Halwill Junction to Tavistock stopping at Broadwoodwidger which is a short walk from Roadford Lake.

Walkers and cyclists are most welcome and there is a cycle rack for bike parking at Lakeside for the cafe and visitor centre.

  • bird watching
  • camping
  • canoeing
  • cycle paths
  • disabled access
  • ice cream
  • meeting room
  • pay display parking
  • picnic area
  • play area
  • restaurant
  • rowing
  • sailing
  • tea room
  • toilets
  • trout fishing
  • visitor centre
  • windsurfing
  • woodland walk footpath

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