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Enjoy Park Life at Colliford Lake on Bodmin Moor

When seeking fresh air, fun and laidback lakeside adventures, Colliford Lake on the edge of majestic Bodmin Moor fits the bill perfectly. Managed by South West Lakes, this extensive reservoir offers beautiful scenery, greenery and a host of family activities.

Here’s everything you need to plan a brilliant day beside the shores of Cornwall’s Colliford Lake.

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Getting There

The lake parklands sit just outside the village of St Neot, approximately 7 miles east of Bodmin. Well signed from the A38, there are entrances from Colliford Lake Road and Bolventor.

Onsite parking is pay-and-display. For car-free visits, Newquay train station followed by the hourly 585 bus to St Neot gets you 2 miles from the lakeside.

Opening Times and Prices

The parklands open daily from 8am until 9pm (or dusk if earlier) during British Summer Time. At other times, winter hours from 9am – 4pm apply.

Parking is free.

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Fishing at Colliford Lake

Colliford Lake is a popular trout fishing spot. The lake is home to a healthy population of wild brown trout, with fish up to 5lbs being caught regularly. Fishing is permitted from the bank only, and wading is not allowed.

Permits for fishing can be purchased online or from the Jamaica Inn or Colliford Tavern. Day permits cost £15 for adults and £7.50 for juniors. Season permits cost £120 for adults and £60 for juniors.

The best time to fish at Colliford Lake is from March to October. The lake can be fished using a variety of methods, including fly fishing, lure fishing, and bait fishing.

Some of the most popular flies to use include sedge patterns, soldier palmer, hoppers, and bibios. When bait fishing, maggots, worms, and powerbait are all effective baits.

Colliford Lake is a beautiful and challenging fishery that offers anglers the chance to catch some of the finest trout in Cornwall.

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Wildlife at Collifird Lake

Colliford Lake is a popular spot for wildlife watching, with a variety of birds, mammals, and fish that can be seen throughout the year.


Some of the most common birds that can be seen include:

  • Wigeon 
  • Goldeneye 
  • Golden plover 
  • Lapwing 
  • Snipe 
  • Great crested grebe 
  • Swifts 
  • Swallows
  • House martins 
  • Sand martins 


Some of the mammals that can be seen include:

  • Otters 
  • Foxes  
  • Badgers 
  • Deer 


The most common fish in Colliford Lake is the brown trout. However, there are also a number of other fish species that can be found in the lake, including:

  • Pike 
  • Perch 
  • Roach

Colliford Lake is a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy the wildlife of Cornwall. With its variety of birds, mammals, and fish, there is something to see for everyone.

Lakeside Facilities

The lakeside cafe offers a terrace overlooking the sand beach and lake. It serves hot meals, snacks plus Cornish ice cream during high season.The cafe is open from 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

You should note that watersports are. now allowed on the lake.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any walking trails at Colliford Lake? – Yes, there are a several lovely trails you can explore. The shortest walk is approximately 1 mile long and the longest walk is approximately 4 miles long.

Are dogs allowed? – Yes, dogs are allowed at Colliford Lake, but they must be kept on a lead at all times. This is to protect the wildlife.

Can I swim in the lake? – No, swimming is not allowed in the lake.

Is Colliford Lake accessible to visitors with disabilities? Yes, it is. There is a designated disabled parking area, and the visitor center and cafe are both wheelchair accessible.

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Nearby Attractions

Combine a trip to Colliford Lake with nearby family days out like:

  • Golitha Falls – walk through shady oak woodlands to cascading falls.
  • Dozmary Pool – Atmospheric and tranquil collapsed sinkhole lake on Bodmin Moor, said to have magical powers and to have been where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was returned.
  • Eden Project – Massive educational botanical gardens housed in biomes containing thousands of fascinating plant species from around the world.
  • Jamaica Inn – Historic smugglers inn on windswept Bodmin Moor made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel. Museum and accommodation available.
  • Golitha Falls – Picturesque walk through woodland leading down to the stunning natural waterfall on the River Fowey. Perfect for a picnic.
  • Bodmin Jail – Imposing former prison transformed into an immersive museum offering tours showcasing tales of notorious inmates along with Cornish history.
  • Restormel Castle – Picturesque medieval castle ruins set above the River Fowey showcasing Norman architecture. Interesting to explore for history fans.
  • Lanhydrock House – Impressive Victorian country house with expansive gardens, scenic trails and rooms to explore. National Trust property.
  • Camel Valley Vineyard – Scenic vineyard near Bodmin offering educational tours explaining the winemaking process and tutored tastings of their quality sparkling wines.
  • Cardinham Woods – Secluded haven with pretty woodland trails, forest activities and peaceful walking spots surrounded by nature.

With an idyllic lakeside setting coupled with abundant activities on both land and water, Colliford Lake promises fun-filled park life perfect for active families holidaying in Cornwall.

Colliford Lake Tavern and Holiday Park

The holiday park offers a range of amenities, including a restaurant, bar, garden, terrace, children’s playground, and facilities for activities such as fishing and billiards. The Colliford Tavern, a cozy bar with original farmhouse brickwork and an open fire, adds to the charm of the place.The site provides various accommodation options, including rooms with lake views, terraces, and balconies, all equipped with modern amenities such as TV and free private parking.

Additionally, the park offers facilities for caravans and camping, allowing visitors to enjoy the serene surroundings and stunning views of the lake.The location’s proximity to Colliford Lake makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers and those seeking outdoor activities. The lake’s expansive water body and the surrounding landscape provide opportunities for peaceful walks and a range of water-based activities.

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Overall, Colliford Lake Tavern & Holiday Park offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of nature, with a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for its guests. Whether it’s a relaxing getaway or an active outdoor adventure, the holiday park provides an ideal base to explore the natural beauty of the Cornwall region. Find out more about staying at Colliford Lake Tavern and Holiday Park here.

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