Siblyback Lake

From bright summer days to atmospheric mists

Siblyback Lake offers an unrivalled lakeside 3-mile circuit for walking, running, cycling or birdwatching – surrounded by the striking backdrop of Bodmin Moor.

History of the lake

Siblyback Lake was constructed in the late 1960s, and the dam completed in 1969. The need for the reservoir came about due to the increasing demand on water supplies. One early proposal was to dam the main Fowey valley itself, upstream from Golitha Falls which would have flooded a very large part of the valley – including all the farms and livelihoods along the way. Thankfully this proposal wasn’t approved and although the building of Siblyback Lake caused some minor destruction of farming properties it wasn’t anywhere near the same scale as the Fowey valley scheme.

Great Food

After a day of exploring visit the Rock Hopper Café and enjoy the panoramic views across the lake whilst tucking into a delicious light lunch and a hot drink. For those with a sweet tooth you can’t beat the homemade cakes and local ice cream,


Monday:                   Closed

Tuesday:                  10.30am – 3.30pm

Wednesday:             10:30am – 3:30pm

Thursday:                 10:30am – 3:30pm

Friday:                      10:30am – 3:30pm

Saturday:                  8:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday:                    10:30am – 4:30pm 

Activity Centre:



Disabled Toilets & Access

Picnic Area

Play Area


Dog Friendly


Car Park (a small car parking charge helps to support our charity)

Bird Hide



Paddle Boarding

Trout Fishing

Kayaking and Canoeing

Foot Paths/ Trails

Off-road Cycle Trails

Siblyback Lake, Common Moor, Liskeard, Cornwall. PL14 6ER

Activity Centre Telephone: 01579 346522
Cafe Telephone: 01579 343448


Great days out on Bodmin Moor

Today, Siblyback is one of Cornwall’s most popular beauty and tourist spots for around 100,000 annual visits. It is also a valuable habitat for many bird species making it a birders’ mini-paradise, complete with bird-hide. It is a beautiful place for a walk or calm contemplation, with its moorland backdrop. Throughout the year the lake offers many different moods – from bright summer days and cool breezes to atmospheric mists and flat calms, to blustery winter blasts that turn the water into a frenzy as they whip across the lake.

A consistently good windsurfing and sailing wind is promised at Siblyback Lake, thanks to its moorland location. We have a fantastic team of qualified instructors to make sure our watersports activities are available for people of all ages and abilities – from the first-timer to the Olympic hopeful.

You can extend your stay by making use of our small but friendly campsite on the water’s edge.

Permits for rainbow trout angling are available from the permit hut on-site and and boats can also be booked if you prefer your fishing on the open water.

Great Days Out

Hire a kayak, go on a mini sailing quest or try paddle boarding. Enjoy a nights stay at Siblyback and pitchup your tent.

Great Food

Local, fresh and tasty food from The Rockhopper Café

Trout Fishing

Rainbow and Blue Trout fishing from bank or boat

Did you know?

Siblyback Lake is located on Bodmin Moor
and is recognised as being one of 12 areas in
Cornwall designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lakes nearby

Colliford Lake


Crowdy Reservoir


Roadford Lake


Tamar Lakes