Tamar Lakes

Tamar Lakes are based approximately 1 mile from Eddington Lodge and comprise two lakes, Upper Tamar Lake and Lower Tamar Lake. Upper Tamar Lake boasts a café and Outdoor + Active Centre which offers sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Tuition is available from qualified instructors and equipment is available for hire, although your own equipment is welcome. The walk around Upper Tamar Lake is approximately 3 miles and is relatively easy-going. Coarse anglers will enjoy fishing this lake and day permits are available on site. Lower Tamar Lake is much smaller and has a bird hide available for use by the general public. The Bude Aqueduct Walk starts and finishes at Lower Tamar Lake and footpaths link the Lower and Upper Lakes for longer walks. The Outdoor + Active Centre is open seasonally April 1st to September 30th, however please call the centre for opening days and times on 01288 321712 to ensure they are open. The café is typically open from 11am to 4pm, Easter to October.


The Camel Trail spans 18 miles and runs from Padstow to Poley’s Bridge, via Wadebridge and Bodmin. It follows a disused railway line and is extremely popular for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. Bike hire shops are based in Padstow, Bodmin and Wadebridge and the route can be broken down to make it more manageable. Padstow to Wadebridge is 5.5 miles, Wadebridge to Bodmin is 5.75 miles and Bodmin to Wenfordbridge is 6.25 miles. Be sure to take plenty of water and a few snacks if you plan to do the full 18 miles (36 by the time you’ve gone back again!) as the trail can be remote in places.



Clovelly is a small village which has been beautifully preserved to create a timeless and historic atmosphere. It lies 14 miles north of Eddington Lodge along the North Devon coast and has an entry fee of £6.50 per adult and £4 per child. Walk down the cobbled streets and explore the fisherman’s cottage, 14th century quay and take a boat trip along the coastline or across to Lundy Island. The visitor centre provides both a café and souvenir shop and Clovelly has two hotels which offer bar and restaurant food.

The walk down through Clovelly village to the harbour is hugely enjoyable. However, the village street is steep and cobbled. If you walk down you can take the fare-paying Land Rover service back to the top.   If you are infirm, please ask the Visitor Centre reception to book a seat in the Land Rover to take you down and back up, for which there is a small charge.


Lundy Island lies 12 miles off the North Devon coastline where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol channel. It is a designated Marine Conservation area and provides a safe haven for diverse marine wildlife and seabirds. Other things to explore include the Victorian church and 13th century Marisco Castle, as well as activities such as diving and seal watching.



Llanhydrock House is a late Victorian house based close to Bodmin and is owned by the National Trust. The extensive gardens provide a great day out, with the extraordinary variation of flowers and trees providing an incredible display in each season. Tour the house to experience how the Agar-Robartes family lived, learn of the devastating fire of 1881 and how the family’s fortunes changed after the First World War.



The Eden Project is approximately 3 miles outside St Austell in Cornwall and houses two huge biomes, one creating a tropical environment and the other creating a Mediterranean environment. It displays an extensive array of flowers in varied gardens and offers numerous places to eat.


The Rainforest Aerial Walkway takes you on a new journey among the treetops of the Rainforest Biome – the biggest conservatory on Earth! Along the way you’ll learn how rainforests help keep you alive wherever you live.


The Eden Project hosts concerts and events throughout the year and provides an enjoyable learning experience as well as a fun day out.



The Lost Gardens of Heligan cover 200 acres and are broadly split into the Northern Gardens, the Jungle, the Wider Estate  and Horsemoor Hide and Wildlife Project. Of particular interest is the Victorian productive gardens and this huge restoration project offers a variety of walks.



Hartland Point sits on the South West Coast Path and offers panoramic views of the North Devon coastline as well as far reaching views out into the Bristol channel and Celtic Sea.On a good day Lundy Island can be seen on the horizon which can be reached by boat from Bideford.

The village of Hartland lies 3 miles to the North West and Hartland Abbey is a popular tourist attraction between 30th March and 5th October.

With such a large variety of local activities and amenities there will be plenty to keep you occupied, no matter how old you are or what your interests may be. Of course you may prefer to curl up by the log burner in your log cabin and play board games or read a book, put your feet up and relax.

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