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,


Opening times for the RockhopperCafe can be found on their page: 

Siblyback Lake is open to all 365 days a year.



Disabled Toilets & Access

Picnic Area

Play Area

Dog Friendly

Bird Hide


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


Foot Paths/ Trails

Off-road Cycle Trails

Trout Fishing

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

Main Office

Tel: 01566 771930


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.

At Siblyback Lake we encourage our visitors to explore the great outdoors on Bodmin Moor, the lake offers plenty of opportunities for the whole family to go wild, including outdoor play in our new play area where kids can swing, climb, slide and balance overlooking the lake, the multi-use 5km trail around the lake ideal for walking, cycling, running, pushchairs and wheelchairs, star gazing underneath the Bodmin Moor Dark Sky and of course our four legged friends are most welcome on leads. Where better to relax after all that than the Rock Hopper Café – treat yourself to a well-deserved coffee and maybe even a slice of cake or delicious lunchtime treat.

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

Discover Siblyback Lake and it all has to offer and don’t forget to share your photos using #WildAtSiblyback

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