When work began on Bude Canal in 1819, a small reservoir was created at Lower Tamar Lake to provide water supplies for the canal aqueduct. When the canal fell victim to the popularity of the railway less than a century later, part of the system was retained to take water to Bude. The Lower Tamar Lake is now managed as a nature reserve with a public bird hide and picnic tables, part of the South West Lakes Trust’s Tamar Lakes Country Park.
The larger Upper Tamar Lake offers plenty of things to do including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking with tuition from qualified instructors and equipment for hire, or you can launch your own craft. Make the most of the facilities by staying for longer on the adjacent campsite - a picturesque place to stay in Cornwall when camping or caravanning.
The recently renovated cafe overlooking the lakes which has lots of information about its ecology and walks… plus some yummy cake!
The popular walk around the lakes only takes an hour and includes the northern end of the aquaduct branch of Bude Canal.