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Roadford Lake Park Circular

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Roadford Lake Park Circular
Author: Claire, Published: 10 Jul 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Devon, Okehampton
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Roadford Lake Park Circular
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 2 mile easy circular trail within Roadford Lake Country Park in Devon. The trail follows the paths alongside the large lake giving beautiful views before turning away to return through a section of woodland.

The walk has only one long but gentle climb and follows well made tarmac and stone tracks. There are no stiles or kissing gates, just a couple of single gates, so it would be possible to take a pushchair round. There are toilet facilities and a cafe at the car park at the start. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead. There is a fenced woodland area next to the car park where dogs can be exercised off lead. Approximate time 1 hour.

The walk starts from the Roadford Lake Country Park main pay and display car park. The park is signed with brown tourism signs from the A30 between Launceston and Okehampton. Approximate post code EX20 4QS.

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Walk Sections

Car Park to Cob Shelter
Car Park to Cob Shelter

Start point: 50.6879 lat, -4.2318 long
End point: 50.6909 lat, -4.2287 long

Facing the lake, leave the car park to the right and take the tarmac path passing to the left of the cafe and visitor centre.

Take a moment here to enjoy the views across the vast lake. The lake is 738 acres in size with a capacity of 8,140 million gallons or 37,000 megalitres. It is more than 2.5 miles long and has a perimeter of 10 miles. On the opposite side of the lake you will see the inland water sports centre, the largest in Devon.

Pass through the wooden gate and continue on the stone track ahead with the lake to your left. Follow the path as it swings left and at the T-junction keep left signed with a yellow marker for Coombepark Walk. Follow the track as it bends right and begins to head uphill. On your left you will see the Cob Shelter.

Cob Shelter to Crossroads
Cob Shelter to Crossroads

Start point: 50.6909 lat, -4.2287 long
End point: 50.6931 lat, -4.2275 long

The Cob Shelter is made from traditional materials and built using traditional methods. Cob is a material which has been used for centuries and comprises clay mixed with horse hair, straw and sheep wool. The walls are built up in layers before the grass roof is added.

Continue on the path heading gently uphill and follow it as it swings left through a section of trees. At the next T-junction keep left on the main path. Follow this path until you come to an obvious crossroads with gates to the left and ahead.

Crossroads to Staggered Fence
Crossroads to Staggered Fence

Start point: 50.6931 lat, -4.2275 long
End point: 50.6902 lat, -4.2253 long

Turn right here onto the main tarmac lane heading uphill, signed with a purple marker to Coombepark Loop. Pass through the next open gateway and continue on the tarmac lane ahead. Follow this lane for some distance as it climbs steadily passing a property, Coombe Park, on the left.

A little distance further you will come to a wooden signpost on the right. Turn right here, through the gate, signed for Coombepark Loop. Go ahead on the long stone track passing through the plantation of young trees.

Follow the track as it swings right heading downhill, ignoring any smaller cycle paths off to the left and right. Continue until you come to path through a staggered fence on the left.

Staggered Fence to End
Staggered Fence to End

Start point: 50.6902 lat, -4.2253 long
End point: 50.6885 lat, -4.2306 long

Pass through the staggered fence and turn left on the path heading back towards the Lakeside centre. At the fork in the path keep right on the lowest stone track nearest to the lake. Pass through the gate and continue ahead to reach the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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