Tamar Lakes Campsite

A lake-side venue for a family-friendly camping experience.

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Tamar Lakes Campsite

Key Features
Breathtaking views and peaceful environment
Activities such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing and sailing
Amenities such as communal showers, playground and tearoom

Tamar Lakes Campsite offers an unforgettable getaway. Set on the edge of Upper Tamar Lake in Bude, Cornwall, with a peaceful environment and stunning views, this Campsite is sure to make your holiday dreams come true. Experience nature like never before with kayaking, canoeing, fishing, sailing, cycling and more all available on site, or choose from many picturesque walks through the woods and countryside, including the circular path around Upper Tamar Lake suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The two lakes are also well-stocked with bream, roach, rudd and huge carp, making angling an interesting activity for keen fishermen. If you want to enjoy the water but don’t want to fish, why not rent a pedalo, Canadian canoe or dinghy? There’s also windsurfers and surf skis available. And if you just fancy a day of exploring, the nearby surfing beaches of Bude and Widemouth are just a short drive away.

When it comes to amenities, Tamar Lakes Campsite has communal-style showers, a washing-up area, a chemical disposal point and recycling facilities available to guests. Plus there’s a playground, a tearoom selling souvenirs, and a café serving light meals, cream teas and Cornish ice cream. Taster sessions, lessons and activity programmes also run in the holiday season and most weekends from April to September at the watersports centre.

FAQs about Tamar Lakes Campsite

    • Q: Which activities can I partake in at Tamar Lakes Campsite?
      A: Tamar Lakes Campsite boasts an abundance of activities for all ages, including kayaking, canoeing, fishing, sailing, cycling, walking, and various water sports.

    • Q: Is it possible to bring my own boat or water equipment?
      A: Yes! Tamar Lakes Campsite allows visitors to bring their own boats and equipment to use in the lake.

    • Q: Are there any professional centers offering lessons and activities?
      A: A watersports center can be found on the grounds of Tamar Lakes Campsite, offering taster sessions, lessons, and activity programs for adults and children during the holiday season and most weekends from April to September.

    • Q: Are there any other amenities available at the campsite?
      A: Guests at Tamar Lakes Campsite are welcome to enjoy communal-style showers, a washing-up area, a chemical disposal point, recycling facilities, a playground, a tearoom, and a café that serves light meals and cream teas.

    • Q: Are there any good picnic areas near the lake?
      A: Lower Tamar Lake is home to many excellent picnic spots and is a haven for wild birds – perfect for a tranquil picnic and wildlife spotting.


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Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: Upper Tamar Lk, Bude EX23 9SB, UK

Donna Lee avatarDonna Lee
6 months ago
Great stay at the campsite, it was very quiet and there was loads of space. The facilities were clean and had a code. Husband tried the paddle boarding and really enjoyed it. Nice walks around the lake and across the dam.
Al Hodgson avatarAl Hodgson
2 months ago
Had a sunny day!! Trials were all mostly dry. Not much to see other than total peace n tranquility. Enjoyed the lower lake more. There's swimming areas available there. There are play ground areas for children and a cafe. A bird watchers paradise with several hides available. Loads of birds around.
Andrew Shaw avatarAndrew Shaw
7 months ago
Lovely walk with our dogs, although they must be on their LEADS at all times. Chargeable car park and the café was closed on our Tuesday visit – check opening times.
Jenny Routley avatarJenny Routley
3 weeks ago
Stunning lake, fantastic facilities and really helpful and friendly staff.
Marianne Bennett avatarMarianne Bennett
a year ago
Took a bike ride from Kilkhampton to Tamar upper lakes and cycled around the lakes which was about 2.5 miles. A nice pleasant ride only came across 2 other people. Lots of wildlife and nature to observe then stopped at the CAFE for coffee and carrot cake served by very friendly staff. Highly recommend for a nice walk or bike ride. You have to pay for the car park but there are lots of signage for information regarding the lake and wildlife and even bird hides for the twitchers.
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The address for Tamar Lakes Campsite we have is: Upper Tamar Lake Country Park, Bude, Cornwall, England, EX23 9SB. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

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Upper Tamar Lake Country Park, Bude, Cornwall, England, EX23 9SB

About the Local Area (Bude)

Bude is a beautiful coastal town located on the North Cornwall coast of Devon. This small town boasts a unique blend of stunning coastal scenery, exciting outdoor activities, and a rich history.

What is Bude Famous For?

Bude is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, the unique Bude Sea Pool, and the Bude Canal, which dates back to the 19th century.

Things To Do In Bude

Bude offers a variety of activities for tourists to enjoy. From surfing to coastal walks and exploring historic landmarks, there is something for everyone in Bude.

  • Take a dip in the Bude Sea Pool, a unique outdoor swimming pool situated on the rocks at Summerleaze Beach.
  • Explore the Bude Canal and enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle along its scenic route.
  • Head to the beach and try your hand at surfing, paddleboarding or kayaking.

Things Near By Bude

Bude is surrounded by an overflow of attractions and activities, making it the perfect base for exploring the North Cornwall coastline.

  • Visit the captivating village of Boscastle and its famous harbour.
  • Take a trip to Tintagel and explore the ruins of the legendary King Arthur’s Castle.
  • Enjoy a scenic coastal walk along the South West Coast Path and take in the breathtaking views of the coastline.

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