Activities and Camping

Great days out with South West Lakes

Explore the great outdoors and have a day filled with fun and adventure! Catch fish, build dens, get on your bike or explore the lakes of the south west by boat or foot.

There are so many things to do at the lakes – discover the joy of simply wandering through woodlands, spotting birds and bugs and playing amongst nature. You can also take to the water and experience an exhilarating adventure as a family.

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Our lakes provide the perfect setting for a great day out in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. Venture along our trails, encountering nature face to face. Refuel at our onsite cafés with delicious snacks, cakes and hot drinks. Enjoy a wide range of fun things to do – try an activity on or off the water for the very first time, shoot an arrow or swing through the trees, discover paddleboarding or explore our lakes by canoe. Extend your stay and enjoy a night under canvas, create a family holiday packed with new experiences creating lifelong memories.

Holidays like no other 

Keep the whole family entertained with a range of activities on and off the water. Our expertly trained instructors offer superb sessions for you to experience a day out like no other. From canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing to archery and high ropes – there’s plenty of outdoor activities to experience the ultimate day out or holiday with the family in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. 

My name is Lark and I am Chief Instructor at Stithians Lake near Redruth. I have been working for South West Lakes Trust for 5 years now.

I have always enjoyed being outdoors and on or in the water! I went to school in Falmouth and after completing A Levels in Maths and Photography decided that I didn’t want to work indoors, so I started a Level 3 Diploma in outdoor education at Falmouth Marine School. This course gave me the skills and qualifications I needed to become a Watersports instructor. I started volunteering at Stithians Lake during my first year of the course and once I had gained instructor qualifications in windsurfing and kayaking I began working at the Lake as an instructor.


South West Lakes Trust have helped me to continue to improve and develop my skills even further since completing my course at Falmouth Marine School. I now teach stand up paddleboarding and dinghy sailing and have completed my intermediate and senior windsurfing instructor qualifications, which is when I begun working as Chief Instructor. This does mean that I spend a bit more time in the office but I have really enjoyed being able to plan and organise events for the upcoming season!

Stithians Lake is a beautiful place to work and getting to introduce people to a new and exciting sport or just to improve their skills is so rewarding!


My job involves a variety of tasks including managing staff, the campsite, organising events and bookings, teaching on water sessions and ensuring our facilities are kept clean and tidy! I really enjoy the fact that every day at work is different and we have a brilliant team of staff at Stithians Lake that are all really passionate about what they do.

I am looking forward to the season ahead, summer is always very busy with lots of people having fun on the water!