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! 

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  • Equipment Hire

    Experience the ultimate family adventure by exploring the lakes at your own pace. We have a variety of watersports equipment available to hire including; kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards and more. Read more

  • It’s your outdoors – come and explore this autumn

    As the nights draw in, the temperature drops and the leaves start to turn, our lakes are beautiful places to visit in the autumn. Drink in the scenery while exploring miles of footpaths and cycle trails, wander through woodlands or simply enjoy being close to nature. Read more


  • Wimbleball Lake RYA Junior and Youth Sailing Courses

    Our Spring/Summer 2021 RYA courses at Wimbleball will teach you the basics of sailing with our qualified instructors in a safe and fun environment! Read more


  • Meet 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. Read more

  • Meet Aaron Bunning, Activities and Angling Manager at Tamar Lakes

    My name is Aaron Bunning and I have been the Activities and Angling Manager of Tamar Lakes for the past two years. As a keen angler since the age of 4, I have always thrived in an outdoors environment. Read more

  • Meet Matt Lennox, Visitor Experience Manager, Central

    Hello everyone, my name is Matt Lennox and I’m the Visitor Experience Manager covering the central area which includes Roadford Lake and Siblyback Lake. I have been involved with the great work South West Lakes Trust do since the age of 16, starting off as a kayaking instructor during the summer months at Tamar. Read more