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South West Lakes Activity Centres Near Bude


Sandymouth Holiday Resort is nearing its re-opening, so why not start planning your visit now?

Sandymouth is currently undergoing a redevelopment, with brand new accommodation, the wooden lodges having some TLC, along with the infamous Pirate Ship and new facilities, including an outdoor activity area. Sandymouth will be opening in early May, so now is the time to start planning your holiday to Bude!

The South West Lakes Trust is a charity that looks after a collection of lakes in Cornwall, from Wimbleball to Stithian’s Lake, but there are two wonderful lake activity centres near Sandymouth Holiday Resort, Bude. Roadford Lake is only 45 minutes away, and Tamar Lakes is just over 15 minutes away from Sandymouth, both offering fun family activities outdoors!


Roadford Lake


45 minutes away from Sandymouth

Roadford Lake is near the Devon/Cornwall boarder, and is a place where you can explore by bike, foot or boat! The dog friendly park is filled with nature trails to take your fur-baby (on a lead) and discover the lakeside. The man-made lake was built in 1989 and is home to an endangered species of Hazel Dormouse, as well as plenty of other wildlife including, badgers, bats, otters, foxes and even red deer! So keep your eyes peeled while exploring this beautiful area.

If you’re looking for excitement visit the activity centre, where you can try your hand at sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swinging from the high ropes, hit the bull’s eye in archery and so much more. Grab a bite to eat at the Lakeside Café, offering take away or eat in options, where they have locally sourced produce, along with mouth-watering cakes and a wide range of light lunches available. Visit Roadford for a family day out, with plenty of fun and free things to do near Bude.


Tamar Lake


15 minutes away from Sandymouth

Tamar Lake is just 15 minutes away from Sandymouth, and was built in 1819 to supply water to the Bude Canal, where you can now follow the aqueduct trail from Upper to Lower Tamar into Bude and discover the canals history. With plenty of open spaces, a brand new play area and nature trails, this dog friendly area (pup must be kept on a lead) is fun for all the family, and is teaming with wildlife to find! See if you can spot kingfishers, butterflies, herons, beautiful dragonflies or even deer! Enjoy a light lunch at The Frog Hopper café, where delicious homemade soup and fresh cakes are on offer.

Thrill seekers can explore the lake on canoe, kayak, paddle board or pedalo as a family, the fun activity centre offers sailing, along with hiring equipment if you don’t have your own. They also have a wide range of outdoor activities regardless of age or ability, perfect for a real life mini-adventure. Can you see the bubbles on the lake? Well don’t panic, it’s not a lake monster! There are 30 Helixors at the bottom of the lake that stop the water from going stagnant, and help to prevent algae bloom. Beautiful and fascinating to see!


So why not book your holiday at Sandymouth Holiday Resort now? Get ready for the grand re-opening of a beautiful resort along the South West Coast, with so much on offer at park and in the local area, you will love your holiday in Bude, Cornwall.

Have a mini-adventure this year!


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