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. 

Did you know that our five activity centres are managed by South West Lakes? 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. 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.

Exmoor National Park has produced a Sensory Story for Wimbleball Lake, designed to help autistic people and their family and friends prepare for their visit by highlighting the key things they might see, hear, touch, taste or smell when they visit. In addition to supporting autistic visitors, Sensory Stories can also be helpful for younger people, families, visitors with learning disabilities and those living with dementia.

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. 

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.

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 were generously supplied to South West Lakes 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 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

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. Advance booking is essential to guarantee use of the Tramper. Call us on 01398 371460 or email [email protected]  by 5.00pm on the day before you wish to hire the Tramper (or earlier if possible).