Golitha Falls and Siblyback Lake circular walk

Golitha Falls and Siblyback Lake

The gate onto Bulland Downs is currently wrapped with barbed wire (Cornwall Council are aware) but this doesn't prevent it being opened.

A circular walk through the Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve along ancient rights of way to pass around Siblyback Lake, where the remains of a mediaeval field system rise from the water when reservoir levels fall.

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The walk starts from Draynes Bridge and loops through the Golitha Falls nature reserve. The route then crosses the Bulland Downs to the hamlet of South Trekieve to follow the remains of an ancient walled trackway which now fades out at the reservoir dam. The walk then follows the path around the perimeter of the lake before returning to the Golitha Falls car park.


  • National Nature Reserve at Golitha Falls with beautiful woodland and riverside scenery
  • Panoramic views of the lake and surrounding hills from the ancient trackway from South Trekieve
  • 3 mile lakeside path around Siblyback


  • Paths through/between the fields are likely to be very muddy in wetter months so choose footwear accordingly.
  • The path along the leat at Golitha Falls also gets very muddy in the winter months.
  • Two of the stiles consist of stone footholds over walls. One wall is quite high.
  • The path alongside the river at Golitha Falls is quite uneven with boulders and tree roots and can get slippery after heavy rainfall.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 109
  • Distance: 6.1 miles/9.8 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Walking boots; waterproof boots (possibly wellies) in winter.
  • Café: ✓

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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