Walks

Explore the lakes by foot.

Walking trails in the South West.green-bird-2

Our lakes provide the perfect setting for a day out in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. Explore the outdoors and experience your next adventure with us. Walk, run, jump and skip through woodlands, forests and nature trails. Encounter nature face to face and discover an amazing range of wildlife – spot tadpoles, dragonflies, butterflies or even a deer.

Explore nature’s playground and discover all of the great things to do outdoors. Ditch the iPads and create your own unique adventure – memories are created from real life experiences. Enjoy all of the fun things to do outdoors and discover all of the free things you can do as a family at the lakes. There are so many benefits to be gained from taking a walk and our lakes provide a great experience for people wanting to explore nature, get healthy or simply relax. What better way to finish your walk then rewarding yourself with a delicious cake, hot chocolate or locally sourced ice-cream from our onsite cafés?

Some of our footpaths have been levelled to help improve accessibility for wheelchair users, however please note that there are some slight inclines on our paths. See below for site specific footpaths and trails – download a map and enjoy a day out at our lakes.

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Coombepark Walk
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

Coombepark Loop
Start: Lakeside or Gaddacombe car park. Easy walk which is circular when linked with the Coombepark or Gaddacombe walks. 1m / 1.5km

Goodacre Stroll
Start: Lakeside car park. Easy, one way walk – return on the same route. 0.6m / 1km.

Gaddacombe Link
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.

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Round Lake Walk
Start: Main car park (Outdoor + Active Centre). Moderate. 3.5m / 5km.

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Round Lake Walk
Start: Activity centre, a moderate circular walk but involves some country lanes (take care). 4.8m / 7.8km

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Lower Tamar Walk
From the lower car park. Moderate one way walk. 2.4m / 3.8km. With a link to the Bude Aqueduct walk and River Walk.

Meadow Walk
From the upper car park. Easy walk which can be linked with the Lakeside walk to form a circular walk. 0.6m / 1 km

Lakeside Walk and Cycle path 
Together with 1 South West, the South West Lakes Trust have worked hard to achieve a level path around the entire lake. It is now possible for anyone on foot, bikes or mobility scooters to comfortably enjoy the stunning views and wildlife around the lake.

From the upper car park. Moderate. Circular – nice family walk of 2.8m / 4.5km

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Lakeside Round Walk
Start:Cowlings (cafe) car park or Bessoms Bridge, a challenging circular linked with the Waterside and Woodland Walk 9m / 14.5km

Cafe to Bessoms Bridge
Start: Cowlings (cafe) car park, a easy one way return on same route 0.8m / 1.3km

Orienteering Waterside & Woodland Walk 
Start: Cowlings (cafe) car park, a moderate circular walk 2.5m / 4km

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rya (royal yachting association) training centre
british stand up paddle association
british canoe union
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