Activities and Camping

Great days out with South West Lakes Trust

We have five Activity Centres across the region, where you can hire watersports equipment, launch your own craft or learn something new with our friendly and qualified instructors:

Extend your stay and camp at Roadford Campsite, Siblyback Campsite, Stithians Campsite, Tamar Campsite or Wimbleball Campsite.

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! 

Download our Camping and Activities Terms and Conditions. 

Welcome to South West Lakes

Common Blue butterfly at Siblyback

South West Lakes is dedicated to caring for and enhancing the South West's reservoirs and lakes: they are home to many wonderful animals and boast important habitats and built historic sites. We pride ourselves on enabling people of all abilities to enjoy these special locations by providing access both on and off the water.

Every year, millions of people visit lakes and reservoirs across the UK. They provide a perfect setting for a great day out, be it for a stroll, to play, nature watch or enjoy adventurous activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or sailing.

As an independent charity, our purpose is to protect special places for people and wildlife; in doing this we care for over 40 inland waters in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Ranging in size from one to nine hundred acres, the lakes provide unrivalled access to watersports, angling, walking and cycling, and are places you can be active or play and explore all day long.

Some of our lakes are recognised with special designations including Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserves. We take great pride in protecting and enhancing these locations for the future and for people to value and enjoy.

Our unique working relationship with South West Water ensures that the land surrounding the reservoirs in our care is managed sensitively and sustainability to improve the quality of water entering the reservoirs, and that these beautiful countryside locations are enjoyed by everyone, not just today, but for future generations as well.

Our Recreation and Countryside Team looks forward to welcoming you and your family to one of our lakes soon. Whether your passion is watersports, sngling, walking and cycling or simply enjoying green spaces and being close to nature, it's your outdoors - come and explore. Find out more about visiting our lakes.

Find out more about South West Lakes

Meet the Team

Matt Lennox, Head of Activities 

I have been part of the incredible charitable efforts of South West Lakes Trust since my teenage years, beginning as a kayaking instructor at Tamar Lake during summers whilst I studied, and moving up through different positions in the organisation. My career has always been driven by my love for the outdoors, with a constant desire to share its many benefits with as many people as possible.

My job nowadays as Head of Activities is extremely varied which is what I really enjoy, but I get the greatest satisfaction from being able to share my knowledge, skills and experience with the amazing South West Lakes Trust activity team who I’m very privileged to lead.

Matt Loughlin, Visitor Experience Manager, West

My name is Matt Loughlin and I’m the Visitor Experience Manager covering West Cornwall and have worked for South West Lakes 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.

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Lark Bridges, Chief Instructor at Stithians Lake

My name is Lark and I am Chief Instructor at Stithians Lake near Redruth. 

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.

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Becki Hayward, Chief Instructor at Roadford Lake

Hi, I’m Becki, Chief instructor at Roadford Lake. I have worked for South West Lakes for 4 and a half years. I spent my childhood messing around on the beach and was always far happier outside in the fresh air than shut up indoors. When I left school I knew that I want to work outside so did a NVQ in outdoor sport, gaining the experience and qualifications I needed to start in the outdoor industry. 

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Beth Merriott, Administrator at Roadford Lake

Hello, my name is Beth Merriott and I’m the administrator for Roadford Lake Activity Centre which is based between Okehampton and Launceston.

I’ve been working for SW Lakes since March 2019. You’ll mainly find me in the office but I do try to get out and about around site to greet customers and check the facilities.

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