Tamar Lake

The lake will continue to be open to visit for walking, cycling and outdoor enjoyment throughout November 2020 with your household. For Activity Centre updates visit our Coronavirus page

Explore Tamar Lakes.green-bird-2

Tamar Lakes offers a great day out in the South West. On our off-road trail which connects the Upper and Lower Lakes, you can spot kingfishers, butterflies, herons, dragonflies or possibly even a deer as you venture across the borders of Cornwall and Devon. There’s plenty of open space to let your children play freely and our play area is the perfect place to let them run off steam whilst you enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee. Discover all of the fun things to do at Tamar, download our free activity sheets and identify trees, spot wildlife, go on a bug hunt and learn all about the amazing things to do outdoors with your kids. Don’t forget to bring the dog as well, explore Tamar Lakes and become our top dog!

You can have an entire day out at the lake, at Upper Tamar you can explore the lake on a canoe adventure or discover paddle boarding. There’s lots of things to do at Tamar, our activity centre offers kayak, canoe and paddleboard hire or you can bring your own and spend the day just messing around on the water.

Great Food – The Cafe is currently closed for the Winter 

Our onsite café, ‘The Frog Hopper’, serves delicious homemade soup, fresh cakes and a range of mouth-watering light lunches. Enjoy that stunning lake views from the balcony whilst keeping an eye on your little froglets in our fantastic play area.

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


Activity Centre:

We always advise people to call us before making the journey on 01288 321712 to check for conditions and limitations.


The Cafe is currently closed for the Winter

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

Email: Tamar@swlakestrust.org.uk
Tel: 01288 321712

The Frog Hopper Cafe, Upper Tamar Lake, Kilkhampton, Near Bude. EX23 9SB

Tel: 01288 321594

Come and try an activity:

Create your own real life mini-adventure with the kids and try something new. Explore Upper Tamar Lake by kayak, canoe or board and experience all of the fun things to do on the lake. Our activity centre offers a range of equipment to hire or you can bring your own. For more information please read the relevant activity page on our website or contact us directly.

At Tamar we also offer angling tuition and tackle hire. Available for individuals, families or groups of any age or ability, you can try your hand at a spot of fishing with our friendly instructors. We have a fully stocked tackle and bait shop at the Activity and Angling Centre.

Every Saturday morning the lake is alive with activity as Tamar Lakes Parkrun set off on a 5km circular run, jog and walk around the lake. Pop along and join in too – Due to Covid19 Tamar Parkrun is currently not running. Please follow their Facebook page for updates. 

Bude Pilot Gig Club and Crackington and Bostcastle Gig Club regularly use the lake for training. Crackington and Bostcastle Gig Club also run Tamar Rowability, a fantastic project that creates access for people with a disability to get into rowing and, most importantly, have fun whilst being healthy.

Extend your stay and camp or glamp in our wooden pod. Tamar Lakes offers the perfect ‘get away’ experience for families wanting to camp in a small friendly Cornwall campsite.

We offer a range of activities, events and courses.


Lower Tamar Lake was built in 1819 to supply water to Bude Canal. Follow the aqueduct trail from Upper or Lower Tamar Lake to Bude, discover the canals history and venture into Dunsdon National Nature Reserve, the trail is approximately 10 miles. Lower Tamar Lake is a designated nature reserve, common birds are, Kingfishers, Sandpipers, Herons and Cormorants.

Did you know, Tamar Lakes is managed by the charity, South West Lakes Trust.