Tamar Lakes

Surrounded by British countryside and nestled on the Cornwall and Devon border, Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes are steeped in industrial history and bursting with wildlife. The Lakes offers a great day out for families, bird watchers and fishermen alike.

In fact, the boundary between the two counties runs right up the middle of Upper Tamar Lake. There’s masses of facilities onsite – Let your kids run loose in our brand new play area, try an activity on the water or bring your rod and see if you can catch Cornwall’s record breaking carp ‘Biggles’.

Great Food

The Frog Hopper café is the perfect destination for families with little froglets. Relax and enjoy a freshly brewed coffee, delicious cake or a light lunch whilst the children run loose in the secure play area.

If using a Sat Nav, please use postcode EX23 9SB.


Monday – Friday:    10.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday:                 9.00am – 4.00pm 

Sunday:                   10:00am – 4:00pm

If using a Sat Nav, please use postcode EX23 9SB.

Activity Centre:



Disabled Toilets & Access

Picnic Area

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


Dog Friendly

Play Area


Bird Hide



Kayaking and Canoeing

(SUP) Paddle Boarding


Coarse Fishing

Tamar, Upper Tamar Lake, Kilkhampton, Near Bude. EX23 9SB

Cafe: Tel: 01288 321594

Activity Centre: Tamar@swlakestrust.org.uk   /   Tel: 01288 321712

Explore accessible footpaths and trails

Upper Tamar provides the unique opportunity for people less mobile to encounter nature face to face, relax and enjoy the freedom of the landscape. Suitable for wheelchairs, mobility chair users and pushchairs – you can run, jog, cycle or walk the circular 5km path which sits adjacent to the lake at Upper Tamar. There’s a network of footpaths and off-road trails – walk across the dam and watch water cascade from the top, explore woodlands and traipse through Upper Tamar’s wildlife zone where you will often see Herons, Kingfishers and Egrets.

Fancy a bigger adventure? A half mile walk from Upper Tamar will lead you through an off-road woodland trail into Lower Tamar. Lower Tamar Lake is teaming with wildlife and flora, managed as a designated Nature Reserve it offers a real haven for birdwatching with the spectacular Osprey, Sandpiper and Cormorant regularly visible from the accessible bird hide. You can drive down to Lower Tamar, a car park with a stoned footpath suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs ensures easy access for all. Having been constructed in the 1820’s, Lower Tamar Lake is steeped in history with the Bude Canal running right up to the reservoir. Keen ramblers can follow the aqueduct trail through Dunsdon National Nature Reserve and on to Bude, the trail is approximately 10 miles.

Both of the lakes offer spectacular coarse fishing for a variety of species and Under 12’s can fish for free.

Great Days Out

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

Great Food

Local, fresh and tasty food from The Frog Hopper Café

Coarse Fishing

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes are very successful and popular coarse fisheries.

Did you know?

The reservoir provides water to the
Bude area and surrounding districts, including
Clovelly, Bradworthy and Warbstow.

Lakes nearby

Roadford Lake


Siblyback Lake


Colliford Lake


Meldon Reservoir