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 Matt Loughlin and I’m the Visitor Experience Manager covering West Cornwall and have worked for South West Lakes Trust on and off since 2000.

I started sailing when I was about 4 and loved being on the water. When I was a bit older I got into windsurfing and various other watersports. When I started secondary school I knew I wanted to work in the watersports industry and started working towards instructor qualifications. The rest is history.

My job involves everything from making sure the centre runs smoothly in terms of safety, staffing and finances to cleaning toilets and a multitude of other things in between.

It’s a pretty varied job which is what I enjoy about it. For me it’s all about the great team I have working with me on site and making sure we offer people the best experience we can and they go away happy.