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! 

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.

Accessibility, both on and off the water

Enjoy a wide range of inclusive facilities. Explore our lakes on a wheelyboat, take part in a Sailability session or explore our specially designed nature paths which are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Please see below to check availability of equipment at our individual centres.

Accessible Paths 

Our five sites benefit from maintained and accessible paths suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. 

There are so many benefits to be gained from taking a walk and our lakes provide a great experience for people wanting to explore nature, get healthy or simply relax.

What better way to finish your walk then rewarding yourself with a delicious cake, hot chocolate or locally sourced ice-cream from our onsite cafés?

Please note that there are some slight inclines on our paths. Maps can be found on the site specific pages on this website.

Wheelyboat Hire

We have worked with the Wheelyboat Trust to provide five boats at our lakes. Our wheelyboats provide accessibility for less able visitors to our lakes and ensure that wheelchair users can enjoy independent access onto the water.

Our wheelyboats display the South West Lakes Trusts’ charitable aims for social inclusion and exploration of the outdoors for all. Our wheelchair friendly boats allow visitors to the lake to benefit directly from a variety of inclusive activities such as pleasure boating, trout and coarse fishing, bird and nature watching.

You will need to have prior training before being able to drive a wheelyboat, training is of no additional cost, you will only be required to pay for hire of the boat.

   

Please contact your preferred centre directly for Wheelyboat hire

RYA Sailability 

Sailing is an inclusive watersport suitable for all to participate in.

Stithians Lake is a recognised RYA Sailability centre. Please contact them directly if you would like more information.

Sailability has allowed the sport to become accessible for all ages and levels of disability. The RYA Sailability sessions provide freedom and independence for all participants within a social and relaxed atmosphere.

Our sessions allow people to gain access to the water and maintain healthy lifestyles within a fun and friendly environment. Come along and participate in this great sport. Sailing allows able and less-able sailors to participate on equal merit.

Stithians Lake offers sessions for people with disabilities on Sundays from 15 May to 2 October, 11.30am - 12.30pm. Please contact the centre for further details.

Roadford Lake benefits from specialised equipment, allowing access to sailing for less-able visitors. Please contact Roadford directly for more information prior to your visit.

Wimbleball Lake offers sailability courses externally. Please contact the local sailing club for more information.

Our mission: More people having great experiences 

Tramper / Mobility Scooter Hire

The Tramper mobility scooter is available for hire at Wimbleball Lake and Siblyback Lake. Our Trampers where generously supplied to South West Lakes Trust by The Countryside Mobility Scheme.

Anyone wishing to book must have a membership with Countryside Mobility South West - Membership must be taken out on-site if not already held. Anyone who needs to take out new membership must be on site 30 minutes early in order to complete the membership paperwork. Membership renewals or upgrades can be done online through the Countryside Mobility South West website.

Siblyback Lake:

Enjoy the outdoors independently with the use of the Tramper, available for hire for £5 for 2 hours. Our Tramper allows less mobile visitors to explore the lake - advance booking is essential to guarantee use of the Tramper. Call the South West Lakes Trust Head Office on 01566 771930 before 5.00pm on the Monday before you wish to hire the Tramper (or earlier if possible). Tramper hire may be possible on arrival if staff are present, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Available on Wednesdays from 21 April

Time slots: 10.00am and 1.00pm

Wimbleball Lake:

Wimbleball's Tramper allows visitors to gain independent access and explore all of the great things to do at the lake. Visitors hiring the Tramper can now explore sections of off-road trails, venture though woodland and across meadows to discover the superb wildlife of Exmoor National Park.

The Tramper can be hired at Wimbleball Lake for £2.50 per hour.