Wooda Lakes is ideally placed for many outdoor activities across Devon and Cornwall. There really is so much to do while on holiday in the Southwest. Please use this page as a guide or feel free to ask us for recommendations. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, adrenaline filled activities or more tranquil past times, you will not be disappointed with what the area has to offer.
In addition to our own lakes, there are a number of other coarse and trout fisheries in the near vicinity, including the Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes which hold large carp and bream. More detail can be found at http://www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/tamar-lakes There is also sea fishing, from shore and boat, also available on the coast around Bude. Fishing tackle and bait should be stored in the lockable storage facility at each lodge and not in the lodge.
Bude has two excellent, sandy beaches – Summerleaze beach and Crooklets beach. At low tide you can walk from one to the other and continue to walk north along the beach towards Sandymouth. The National Trust operate the beaches at Sandymouth and Northcott, which both lie just to the north of Bude. At low tide you can see the remains of the SS Belem, which ran aground near Menachurch Point in November 1917.
South of Bude, there are more fantastic beaches at Widemouth. The southern part of this beach, known as Black Rock beach, allows dogs all year round.
National Cycle Route 3 passes through Holsworthy, just 5 miles south of Wooda Lakes. There are also many other paths and roads that may be cycled, including the circular Ruby Country rides, and a family-friendly route of approx. 3.5 miles around the Upper Tamar Lake. Bicycles can be hired at a number of locations and shops. Bicycles may be stored in the lockable storage facility for each lodge. For more information, visit:
Ride the Ruby Country http://www.ridetherubycountry.co.uk/cycling/ruby-country-cycling/
Upper Tamar tootle http://www.1sw.org.uk/experience/trail-hubs/tamar-lakes/
Holsworthy Golf Club is just a 10 minute drive away and is open to guests. The course enjoys 18 holes of parkland golf over the most tranquil and beautiful countryside Devon has to offer. The course offers golfers of all levels an enjoyable experience. Some holes demand long drives or accuracy while other are more forgiving providing a balanced and enjoyable test of golf. http://www.holsworthygolfclub.co.uk/
There are a number of stables locally where lessons and rides can be booked. The Ruby Country offers a fantastic backdrop to riding, with opportunities to discover new places and experience the wildlife of north Devon. Dartmoor is within easy reach and offers a different experience and some free-riding opportunities. For more information, visit:
Running and Walking
There are a number of footpaths and trails for running and walking, including the Bude Aqueduct walk, the Ruby Trails and the South West coast path. There is a free-to-enter timed 5km Parkrun held at the Upper Tamar Lake every Saturday morning at 9am.
South West path https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/
Tamar Lakes parkrun http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tamarlakes/
The coast in and around Bude has some fantastic surfing beaches. There are a number of surf schools available for lessons and equipment hire including http://budesurfingexperience.co.uk/ http://www.bigbluesurfschool.co.uk/ and http://www.ravensurf.co.uk/
For safe sea swimming, visit the https://www.budeseapool.org
For indoor swimming, visit the Splash Leisure centre in Bude. https://www.tempusleisure.org.uk/splash-leisure-pool/
Windsurfing, sailing and Stand-up Paddle-boarding (SUP) can be experienced at the Upper Tamar Lakes. http://www.outdoorandactive.uk.com/location/upper-tamar-lake/
For something more leisurely, pedalos and rowing-boats can be hired on the canal in Bude. www.budeboathire.co.uk
For rainy days or simply something else to do, why not visit one of the many other attractions from archery to bowling, and from toddler play areas to a Gnome reserve! For more information, visit http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/holsworthy
The National Trust’s Dunsland Park is a short drive east of Holsworthy. The 900 year old parkland is abundant with wildlife and perfect for a walk or picnic. The park is home to a variety of trees, including 700-year-old Sweet Chestnuts and old fruit trees. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunsland/
For a shopping fix, why not visit either one of the Trago Mills sites at: http://www.trago.co.uk/ or the Atlantic Village outlet shopping centre in Bideford at: http://www.atlanticvillage.co.uk/ There is a Co-op and Waitrose in Holsworthy, and Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Lidl in Bude.