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Leisure & Activities Outdoor + Active Project

The Outdoor + Active project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.


The main goal of the Outdoor + Active Project was to encourage greater tourism in the South West and to promote better access to sport and the countryside. This has been achieved by the construction of brand new on land activities to accompany our already popular watersports. 

These new improvements have only been made possible through several streams of funding including a £2.2 million grant from the Sustainable Rural Tourism fund of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) as well as funding from Sports England and contributions from South West Water.

The exciting project was rolled out over 6 rural sites in the South West including, Roadford Lake Country Park, Tamar Lakes Country Park, Stithians Lake Country Park, Wimbleball Lake Country Park, Siblyback Lake Country Park and Lopwell Dam. The new activities included indoor and outdoor climbing walls, new traffic free cycle routes, high ropes courses, archery ranges, education and interpretation centres, improved changing facilities, a cable ski system and paddle beaches.


• Stithians - new on-land and water activities - including a paddle beach- and improved refreshment and reception

• Siblyback - new on and off-water activities, new showers and changing rooms, introductory off-road cycle route, cable ski system

• Roadford - new on and off-water activities, new changing rooms, event parking and introductory off-road cycle route

• Lopwell - environmental education and visitor interaction with wildlife and venue for volunteer tourism, and

• Wimbleball - new on and off-water activities, new changing rooms, boat parking for events, winter training camps, introductory off-road cycle routes

• Tamar - New changing rooms, introductory off-road cycle route 


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