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Lakes & Facilities Tamar Lakes

Near Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9SB
map ref LR190: Upper Lake 288118, Lower Lake 294107

Near Bude on the North Cornwall coast, these two lakes offer a variety of activities including watersports, angling, walking, cycling and relaxing.


Our exciting new play area is now open! There is a nest swing, slide and two activity centres. The play area is designed with a range of abilities and ages in mind.


Upper Tamar
The Outdoor + Active Centre at Upper Tamar offers sailing, windsurfing and kayaking for individuals, families and groups. Visitors can benefit from tuition from our qualified instructors, hire equipment or launch their own craft. The peaceful campsite is an ideal base for exploring North Cornwall and Devon and is perfect for families, groups and couples.

The Outdoor + Active Centre is open seasonally - Click here for opening days and times or call 01288 321712

The recently renovated café overlooking the lake offers a variety of light lunches, cakes and beverages and talk boards to tell you about the lake, its ecology and the walks.  Click here for opening times.

The popular round lake walk takes about one hour , and there is also a brand new children's play area and plenty of space for informal games.

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

Coarse anglers will also enjoy this attractive lake, and day permits are available from the fishing kiosk on site.


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. 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.


For further information telephone:

Outdoor + Active Centre: 01288 321712 (including camping)

Cafe: 01288 321607

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 Friend of the Trust.

Public Transport: Stagecoach operate a service on Sunday's from Bude - Barnstaple via Kilkhampton, service number 319 (May to Sept) visit

Western Greyhound operate a town service from Bude to Kilkhampton (Monday - Saturday). Service number 520 visit

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.

  • bird watching
  • camping
  • canoeing
  • ice cream
  • meeting room
  • pay display parking
  • picnic area
  • play area
  • rowing
  • sailing
  • tea room
  • toilets
  • windsurfing
  • woodland walk footpath
  • coarse fishing

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