Tamar Lake

Explore Tamar Lakes.green-bird-2

Tamar Lakes offers a great day out in the South West. An off-road trail connects Upper and Lower Tamar Lake, spot kingfishers, butterflies, herons, dragonflies or even an deer as you venture through the borders of Cornwall and Devon. There’s plenty of open spaces to let your children play freely and our new play area is the perfect place to let them run off steam. 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!

Experience a great day out, visit Upper Tamar and explore the lake on a canoe adventure or discover paddle boarding. There’s lots of things to do at Tamar, our activity centre offers kayaking, canoeing, sailing and more.

Great Food

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.


Monday:            Closed

Tuesday:            Closed

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

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

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, boat or board and experience all of the fun things to do on the lake. Our onsite activity centre offers a range of outdoor activities regardless of ability! Hire the latest equipment or bring your own, sign up for a course or join a club. For more information please read the relevant activity page on our website or contact us directly.

Every Saturday morning the lake is alive with activity, kid’s club set off on the water whilst Tamar Lakes Parkrun set off on a 5km circular run, jog and walk, pop along and join in too. Crackington and Bostcastle gig club regularly use the lake for training, the 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.