GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Colliford Lake

4 miles (6 km)

Enjoy a lovely waterside walk along the shore of this large lake on Bodmin Moor. At over 900 acres it is the largest lake in Cornwall. The walk starts at the parking area at the western end of the lake and follows a waterside trail along the shore to the dam and valve tower at the southern end. The area is a nature reserve so look out for a wide variety of birdlife on the water and Bodmin ponies around the water.
You can extend your walking in the area by visiting the mysterious Dozmary Pool. The walk starts from the parking area at the south of the lake and follows a country lane with great views back to Colliford Lake.
You could also head a few miles north and climb to Brown Willy, Rough Tor - the two highest points on the moor.

Postcode

PL14 6PL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Colliford Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Colliford Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

At the northern end of the lake there's the Colliford Tavern for refreshments. They do a nice cream tea which you can enjoy with fine views over the lake from the outdoor seating area. They also provide accommodation in the shape of a hotel and adjacent campsite. You can find it at a postcode of PL14 6PZ.

Dog Walking

The lake is a nice place to take the dog for a walk and the tavern mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the east you'll find the smaller Siblyback Lake. There's a nice cycling and walking trail running around the lake where you can look out for a variety of wildlife. The popular Golitha Falls are just south of Siblyback. There's a lovely wooded trail and rushing falls in this splendid nature reserve.
A few miles to the south east you can explore the historic town of Liskeard, one of the oldest towns in Cornwall.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks and the Bodmin Moor Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

A corner of Colliford Lake - geograph.org.uk - 1450187

A corner of Colliford Lake. On the left distant horizon can be seen Brown Willy.

On the shore of Colliford Lake - geograph.org.uk - 1450225

The lake was constructed in the early 1980s to help solve Cornwall's seasonal water shortage

The eastern shore of Colliford Lake - geograph.org.uk - 1547449

The eastern shore of Colliford Lake

Highland cattle near Colliford Lake - geograph.org.uk - 708169

Highland cattle near Colliford Lake. These fine beasts are grazing an area of rough access land on Colliford Downs just southeast of the lake. Beyond the gorse-covered field boundary, a hill of improved grass hides the southern end of the lake from view. Seen from the road up the eastern side of the lake.

Overflow tower and valve tower on Colliford Lake - geograph.org.uk - 1547486

Overflow tower and valve tower on the lake

Cattle grid on the road to Colliford Lake - geograph.org.uk - 1544146

Cattle grid on the road to the lake. This cattle grid is just off the access from the busy A30 and is essential to prevent stock from wandering off the common land. The forested area in the distance is around the entrance to Colliford Lake Park.

Colliford dam - geograph.org.uk - 831345

Colliford dam. Looking eastwards from the car park shortly after construction in 1983. Colliford supplies parts of North and South East Cornwall directly. It also makes releases to the River Fowey system which are abstracted and treated at Restormel and distributed throughout much of the rest of Cornwall.

The Colliford Tavern - geograph.org.uk - 748885

The Colliford Tavern. A pub adjacent to, but not part of, Colliford Lake Park. Outdoor seating is being jet-washed ready for the new season.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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