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Author: Lisa Tame

Things to do at home

We know how important play is for children (and adults), especially when we are all at home. Here are some suggestions for activities that provide a bit of fun, time well-spent together, and ideas to get moving about in your garden.


Author: Annabel Underwood

Have you fallen in love with a lake?

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Our Impact in 2018


miles of footpaths and cycle ways 


people took part in environmental based activities 


activity sessions contributing to the health and well-being of our visitors 


hectares of land and water cared for

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Latest news

  • South West Lakes is launching RingGo parking

    From 23 September, we are rolling out RingGo, the UK’s leading cashless parking provider, at eight locations across the south west. It is hoped that introducing RingGo as an alternative payment method will encourage visitors to use this safer contactless option on their trips to the lakes. Read more

  • Wildflower spectacle at Roadford Lake

    As a conservation charity, it is our mission to manage and enhance the habitats around the reservoirs for wildlife and for the enjoyment of visitors. The area in front of the car park at Roadford Lake used to be a patch of grass, but with Devon Wildlife Trust, we have transformed it into a spectacular wildflower meadow. Read more

  • Play and Explore at Roadford Lake

    We are now in the depths of planning and fundraising for a fantastic new play space; the current offering was last installed in 2005, and we feel now is the time for improvements and expansion. Read more