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Tamar Lakes Campsite

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General

  • Lakeside site with sandy beach
  • Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, sailing, cycling and more all available
  • Short drive to the surfing beaches of Bude and Widemouth

There’s nothing to mar your enjoyment of the panoramic vista at this site near the pleasant seaside resort of Bude...the pitches face out on the larger of the two lakes on site, Upper Tamar, and its sandy beach. And anglers will no doubt have some fishy tales to tell after a day out netting some of the bream, roach, rudd and huge carp stashed in the two lakes for a small daily rate...

Make the most of the views using foot, cycle, wind or paddle power, or wander around the large pathway circling Upper Tamar Lake, designed for wheelchair and pushchair use and suitable for walking and cycling. The trails continue into the woods and countryside beyond for those who are feeling energetic, or there are easier walks and good picnic spots to be found around Lower Tamar, which is a haven for wild birds (both lakes have a hide).

Or one could get stuck into watery sports right on site: pedalos, Canadian canoes and dinghies are available for hire at a small charge, as well as windsurfers and surf skis - although you can also bring your own boats and equipment too. Taster sessions, lessons and activity programmes for adults and kids run in the holiday season and most weekends from April to September at the watersports centre.

Tamar Lakes Campsite has communal style showers, a washing-up area, a chemical disposal point and recycling facilities. More leisurely, you'll also find a new playground, a tearoom selling souvenirs, and a café serving up light meals, cream teas and some rather moreish Cornish ice cream.

Please note

Facilities/activities including fishing, launching your own watersports/sailing equipment, watersports taster sessions are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Some activities on site are only available during some weekends and peak dates and at additional charge, please see the Terms and Conditions under the 'Policies' tab for more information.

Please note that guests should bring their own leads for electric hook-up on pitches.


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7.1

Overall rating based on 62 reviews

 

74% would recommend this site to a friend.

66% would stay here again.

 

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Great site. Lots to do. Great for walking, cycling and fishing. 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom owen_h242622 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Watersports, lake, location, play park, cafe onsite.

    Disliked: 

    Unclear signage for the camping reception. FYI it's the watersports building. Most of the site is unlevel. Only two electric hook ups. Not family friendly shower blocks. Most of the men's showers are communal. Needs a camp site dedicated shower block.

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Dominic H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very friendly and competent staff nothing was to much trouble. Exceeding well maintained and clean site, toilet and showers were very functional and clean . Very good water sports facilities. Views are excellent also lots of wildlife to see. Will recommend to all my friend. Thank you

    Disliked: 

    Pitch was not level. Needs some more hardstanding for vehicle parking . Maybe rough gravel
    "road " way to pitches as rain makes the pitches hard to reach.

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Loved the camping and facilities also the park run was amazing. 21/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Geoffrey H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great location with amazing views, clean tidy and safe, Will go here again very soon.

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Friendly staff, fun and safe variety of watersports 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Maria B. Confirmed

  • Lily camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Small campsite, close to lake with watersport hire and instruction available.

    Disliked: 

    During very heavy rain, a small amount of water came up through the floor. Needed a second shower with a curtain in the women's shower block.

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Excellent location 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stacey M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The area and the lakes

    Disliked: 

    The showers

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Not mpressed 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gavin W. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Sports facilities (but didn't use)

    Disliked: 

    Most of the pitches were on a slope, which wasn't clear to us when we booked. We requested a level pitch due to having young kids at the time of booking, but that request wasn't acknowledged or replied to by the site managers before we arrived.

    The first night, both kids were consistently awoken by sliding down the tent.

    In the morning we had showers - the pressure switch for each shower (I tested them all in the gents') lasted around 3 seconds, making it impossible to have a reasonable shower, especially with the kids. We didn't expect Ritz-type facilities, but I've never experienced showers like that at any site I've stayed.

    We complained about the pitch slope but the manager said we should have been aware of it from reviews at pitchup.com. I would have preferred the site description to state the pitch was sloping, rather than having to go through all the reviews. In fairness, the manager suggested she may have a level pitch available at a sister site, but spending a few hours taking down the gear and setting it back up after almost no sleep didn't appeal.

    It made us wonder why that wasn't offered after we'd booked, due to our request for a level pitch.

    As a result, we packed up and left our days early. For us, a complete waste of time and money.

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Ok for a one night stop over in a motor home. Not good for tents 10/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom christina_f0 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice view

    Disliked: 

    Pitches were very unlevel. We booked 10 days but left after 6 due to having an accident in the tent with the ground being so dangerous. Showers were constantly dirty and mouldy.

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Overall nice campsite but very remote, nearest village is quite pricey 08/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom dee T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Toilets and showers clean, showers very hot - lovely! Yes only one has a curtain but you only use one at s time! There is a slope but our pitch (2) was ok, bit narrow for our tent but it's very wide. Staff at watersports very friendly and helpful. Lake is beautiful when the weather is nice, husband really enjoyed the park run.

    Disliked: 

    The wind! Not campsites fault though. Locks on toilets doors in shower block don't work very well and I think a curtained off cubicle to change after shower etc would be nice, children get really embarrassed seeing naked women!

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Good site with clean facilities good value for money 08/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Eiysha H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The stunning views across the lake from our tent
    Plenty of space in pitch even for a big tent with space still to sit out side your tent and the kids to play without being to close to other tents
    The quietness of the campsite
    The children's play area although could do with some more play equipment aimed at younger children i.e baby swing
    The easy access n short distance to the toilets
    Short drive to the nearest shop about 3 miles

    Disliked: 

    The communal shower area had to time it well to make sure you got the only shower with a curtain

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NO POD HOLIDAY HERE 03/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sonia_h219380 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Lily camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Steph I cannot thank enough on Reception at Tamar was so polite & helpful in cancelling the Pod and liaising with Pitchup.com to refund. I fully recommend booking direct with sites not thru Pitchup.com who will not refund at all I now believe.Relieved not the word I nearly cried. Went home and not stayed in this Pod.

    Disliked: 

    The ONE Pod had no outside area for being surrounded by tent pitches each side of it and front of it.Tents facing it.Hardly any space for your car before a tent pitch.ONE Pod dumped at the top of a sloping field facing Tents and the toilet/shower block on the lower carpark! The bunk bed mattress covers were heavily soiled my 11year old noticed. Communal showers. NO wonder Pitchup.com cut their photo of the outside of the Pod.Deceiving and a shock on arrival.Will never book with Pitchup.com again.Ruined the last part of my daughter's holiday we went home early instead of feeling like Punch & Judy in a box infront of all the campers.Book direct with sites in future!

From the manager...

Hello Sonia,

Thanks for your positive feedback regarding our customer service although we feel your description of our campsite a little harsh.

We're sorry it didn't meet your expectations, we do try and describe what exactly our site is like before customers make a booking, we've made it clear we have communal showers and it is located on a bit of a slope and have also used photos to help.
Again, apologies you didn't enjoy your stay with us.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Upper Tamar Lake Country Park Bude, Cornwall, England, EX23 9SB
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8792°N 4.4356°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bude: Strand Coach Stop — 5.9 miles
Bideford: Quay Coach Stop — 14.0 miles
Westward Ho!: Nelson Rd Coach Stop — 14.0 miles
Train stations
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 20.3 miles
Barnstaple Rail Station — 21.1 miles
Umberleigh Rail Station — 21.4 miles
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 14.0 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 16.1 miles
Instow Ferry Landing — 16.2 miles
Airports
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 39.0 miles

Directions


From Kilkhampton on the A39 or Holsworthy on the A3072 follow the brown tourism signs to Tamar Lake Waterpark. Both lakes can be reached by following these signs.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Attractive Bude has lots to offer and is surrounded by ancient villages such as Poughill and Kilkhampton. North of this area is the wild and beautiful Hartland Peninsula, where you can find the precariously perched, carfree cobbled streets of Clovelly.

To the south, a tour of Tintagel Castle followed by a visit to the pretty fishing village of Boscastle would make a good day out. A short trip inland brings you to Launceston, where you can take a nostalgic journey on the steam railway.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (13.7 miles)
  • Tintagel Castle (20.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Lawrence House (17.0 miles)
  • Tintagel Old Post Office (20.4 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  12 p.m.

This site is not manned 24 hours a day. Once you have placed your booking, a member of staff will email you the relevant permits and access codes to the site.

Tamar Lakes Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 6 weeks of arrival date.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Tamar Lakes Campsite will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Facilities/activities including fishing, launching your own watersports/sailing equipment, watersports taster sessions are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11pm and 9am.
Swimming and dogs in the lake are not permitted.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 11pm and 8am.

Additional terms

Boat masts must not be erected within the campsite, due to overhead electric cables.

Activities are available when the watersports centre is open only. The centre is open every weekend Friday to Sunday from 25th March to 25th September (with the exception of 8-9 May, 3-4 July and 11-12 September when it is closed), it is also open every day from 5 July to 6 September.

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