There are many miles of paths following the shorelines of lakes, meandering through woodland and onto open fields.
There is a brand new family friendly Green grade cycle trail, and a slightly more adventurous Blue grade trail which winds its way through the forest. Both trails are a fantastic route to take to view the beautiful surroundings in which the lake is set.
The forest cycle track provides a safe, off-road family route taking in views of the lake and wildlife. Visit the cob shelter or birdhide on the Coombepark Walk. There are viewing points along the walks with benches to rest your legs and enjoy a picnic. You will find interpretation boards along the walks with information on flora and fauna. The cycle trails have been funded through the 1SW project of the Rural Development Programme for England which is looking at developing the entire South West as a mountain biking destination through the creation of cycling hubs. These hubs will host a variety of trails of different grading to enable cyclists to build up to a more advance level in a safe environment, the best example of this can be seen at Haldon Hill, near Exeter. Find out more at www.1sw.org.uk.
Stout footwear is recommended as parts of some routes may become muddy at the wettest times of year. At times, due to weather conditions or maintenance, it is necessary to temporarily close sections of these paths. Information on any closures can be found below.
Below you will find a selection of walks and cycle trails. You can download a leaflet with a map of the walks by clicking on the brochure to the right.
Temporary closure - due to poaching of muddy ground by escaped cattle, the Gaddacombe Link walk is currently closed, we are working to rectify this problem.
Start: Lakeside car park, a moderate one way walk which can be linked with the Coombepark Loop to make a circular walk. 2.5m / 4km
Start: Lakeside or Gaddacombe car park. Easy walk which is circular when linked with the Coombepark or Gaddacombe walks. 1m / 1.5km
Start: Lakeside car park. Easy, one way walk - return on the same route. 0.6m / 1km.
Start: Gaddacombe car park. A moderate walk that can be linked with the Coombepark Loop and Coombepark Walk to create a circular walk. 0.5m / 0.75km.
Headson (permissive footpath & bridleway)
Start: Headson or Gaddacombe car parks. Challenging, one way walk 1.8m / 3km.
Forest Cycle Track
Start: Forest or Lakeside car park. Moderate cycling or walking trail of 4m / 6.5km one way. There is a cycle rack for parking bikes at the Lakeside car park. The cycleway can be linked with country roads and nearby bridleways to for longer routes. See the Ruby Country website for details. Ruby Country Trail packs are available from Holsworthy Visitor Information Centre.
Goodacre Woods to Outdoor + Active Centre.
Approx 0.6 km.