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.
PostcodePL14 6PL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Colliford Lake Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Colliford Lake Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Colliford Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Colliford Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
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.
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.