Siblyback Lake

The weather forecast wasn’t good, but my daughter and her family had come down to Cornwall for the weekend to meet up with her elder brother and his family who were over from Australia. Having spent the previous day on the beach we decided to head to Bodmin Moor and Siblyback Lake where there is a water activity centre. I thought the older grandchildren might enjoy doing some kayaking or SUP.

In the end we just walked the 4 miles around the lake. The weather was cloudy and rain threatened, but held off long enough for us to finish the walk and eat our picnic before we headed off in different directions.

A bench with a view – well if it wasn’t quite so cloudy!

The path leads around the lake close to the shoreline, meandering through a couple of woodland sections, some peaty bogs and puddled pathways. So much green.

The three-year old took turns to walk with his uncles and his grandmother (me) checking out the dens, the cows and the puddles.

Although the sky remained a resolute grey with clouds coming and going, the light was still good enough for some nice reflective photos and the surrounding fields and hills glowed in their greenery.

Reaching the dam wall meant we were more than half way around. There are some lovely picnic tables here which would have made a great place to stop and eat if we hadn’t left all the food in the cars.

Finally we reached the gate leading out onto the last leg of the walk, along the road back to the car park and café. Lorenzo was a little worried that I would be left behind as his mum held open the gate. As usual I was busy taking photographs.

Wait for me!

If you like a walk, long or short, then please visit Jo for her regular strolls in the UK and the Algarve and maybe you would like to join in too. She’s very welcoming.


43 Comments Add yours

  1. 76sanfermo says:

    Your photos are spectacular……

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, thank you Anna, that’s a lovely thing to say. Glad you enjoy them.

  2. pommepal says:

    What an interesting walk Jude and even better to share it with the family

    1. Heyjude says:

      I never even knew there was a lake on the moor. Nice and flat too so I shall take the OH there next spring and hope to see more of the views.

  3. Su Leslie says:

    The weather may not have been kind, but it looks like a great place for a family catch-up

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a bit of a wild weekend, but good fun.

  4. beetleypete says:

    Great photos in dull weather, and a nice family memory too.
    I have been to Bodmin Moor many times, and never knew the lake was there!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Me neither Pete! I was looking for something different for the grandchildren when I came across this lake. There are a few more that I shall explore next year too. I like walking around a lake, it is usually flat terrain.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Wow this is lovely, a rare treat to see some of your family and the walk is great, Jo will be chuffed to bits!

    1. Heyjude says:

      A rare treat for ME to see some of my family Gilly 😉 Goodness knows when or if they’ll be over again.

  6. It’s so green and beautiful. What a treat to share this with your family.

      1. Rain will do that. 🙂 We’ve had good spring rain and it makes such a difference. I went for a drive in the country last weekend and it was just beautiful. Although not quite as green and lush as your photos show.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I am lucky living here. We have the countryside AND the beaches on our doorstep. Although this is quite a long drive from home.

        2. It’s a beautiful part of the country.

        3. Heyjude says:

          True. Much busier than I imagined though.

  7. I think you meant dam wall…must have been a looonng walk! Love your photos! Also interesting to note that Ontario, Canada skies are the same grey this week too!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oops! Yes indeed. Thanks for spotting the error, I have corrected it now. I think the skies are almost always grey over this part of Cornwall!

  8. Lovely lovely post. Not often we see your family. There are some great phrases too: resolute grey, hills glowing in their green, puddled pathways. Only one thing missing – a photo of you in a den!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… that den was so tiny even the little one struggled to get through.

  9. Good to hear that the resolute weather didn’t deter your resolution to walk. Four miles makes for a good gallivant.

    1. Heyjude says:

      As long as it is flat I can walk for hours.

      1. Right. Some of the recent uphill treks in the Canadian Rockies were a bit daunting.

  10. restlessjo says:

    Oh heck- I don’t think I’ll come back, Jude! Beautiful though your post is that grey is just not my colour 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing family and everything with me. I’m still having a rough ride with t’Internet (Probably my laptop is the bad guy!) so it’s hard to keep up. One more day with Lisa and then it’s all downhill. 😦

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, but you’d miss the lovely English countryside Jo if you were there all the time. Having the grey makes you appreciate the blue all the more 😀

      1. restlessjo says:

        Hmm! I haven’t missed it yet, and the smokey blue hills here are growing on me more and more. Grim reality is getting close. Took Lisa to the airport this evening. 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not so grim surely? You have all the wonderful Christmas adverts to look forward to… o_O

        2. restlessjo says:

          And Lumiere this weekend 🙂 🙂 In 14 jumpers!

        3. Heyjude says:

          Ah, it’s not so cold really. All that Algarve sunshine is turning you into a soft southerner O_o

  11. Joanne Sisco says:

    Loved this walk with you today! So much green! We both seem to be having the endless grey skies, but at least you’re looking at green. I’m seeing more and more lifeless brown 😕 The dreary months are now ahead.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We have had some blue sky, but a lot of cloud cover. Still very mild though. All I want to do is sleep and I am convinced that is because of the daylight hours having reduced 😦

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        I’m the same. I find it hard to motivate myself to get out of bed when it’s still dark. Sadly that now means it is around 7:30 am.

        The happy side of retirement is that I can indulge myself in more sleep. Afternoon naps? THE. BEST. 🙂

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I first thought it was called “Sillyback Lake.” I was delighted. But the pictures of the real place are lovely and an interesting change from the beach scenes. So much green. Here everything is beige and brown as winter nears.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You don’t know how many times I wrote Sillyback!

  13. Anabel Marsh says:

    Lovely walk, very atmospheric. I moan about our weather (just a teeny bit), but a day like that has it’s own kind of beauty. Still can’t resist a good bench I see!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The bench just kind of snuck in 😉
      And yes, we don’t always have to have sunny weather to be outdoors.

  14. A stunning collage Jude. Reminds me of my childhood in England 🙂

  15. Chillbrook says:

    A fairly typical Cornish day by the looks of it Jude but a nice way to spend the day with your extended family despite the Cornish weather. 🙂

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