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. It's your outdoors - come and explore.

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.

Please note: unprecedented numbers of people are visiting our activity centres this summer. To avoid disappointment, you must pre-book your session online prior to arriving at the lakes. 


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. 

#ItsYourOutdoors - come and explore! 

Naturebreak Experiences

Whether you want to embark on a wild adventure to discover the wonders of bushcraft or keen to immerse yourself in a nature-based safari or canoe expedition... we have the perfect experience for you. Read more

Canoeing

Sit back, relax and explore the lakes of the South West in a canoe. Our five activity centres, located across Devon, Cornwall and Exmoor, provide a variety of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get out on the water. Canoeing is an extremely accessible sport, perfect for both children and adults alike. Immerse yourself in nature and create memories with your family which will last a lime-time. Read more

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Take to the water and experience an unforgettable paddleboarding adventure in Devon, Cornwall and Exmoor. Hire our equipment, launch your own SUP or learn something new with one of our qualified instructors. Our five activity centres provide a variety of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get out on the water and enjoy the great outdoors. Read more

Kayaking

Explore the spectacular lakes of the South West by kayak. Our five activity centres provide a variety of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get out on the water and experience a completely unique view of the lakes. Spot wildlife, play games and enjoy some quality time immersed in nature with friends and family. Read more

Gift Vouchers

Are you struggling for the perfect gift idea for friends or family? Look no further! Our activity gift vouchers are the perfect present for families and people who love exploring the great outdoors. Read more

South West Lakes Booking Confirmation

Thank you for your South West Lakes booking. You’ll receive a confirmation email shortly with details of your booking. Read more

Ready, Set, Spring!

After the dark and cold days of winter, the first signs of spring are definitely a welcome sight. Warmer temperatures, budding plants and the sweet sight of new life are just a few of the long-awaited moments revealing spring is finally in the air. Read more

About us

We are dedicated to the protection of the natural environment found at our lakes and are passionate about people from all walks of life being able to benefit from the wonderful countryside around our lakes. From walking and cycling to angling and watersports, we offer fantastic opportunities for great days out and regular visits for health and well-being, discovering and exploring at lakes across the south west of England. Read more

Access for all

Did you know that our five activity centres are managed by South West Lakes Trust? we aim to provide social inclusion and accessibility for all. We want more people to engage with the outdoors and have fun irrespective of ability, age and background. Read more