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.

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.

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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. 

Want to find out more? Here you will find a list of frequently asked questions. If you still can't find what you are looking for, please contact our team who will be happy to help. 


Can I walk / cycle around the lake?

Our lakes have a variety of walking and cycling routes suitable for all ages and abilities. Please visit the site specific pages on this website for detailed maps.

Are your lakes wheelchair accessible?

At South West Lake we aim to provide social inclusion and accessibility for all. Our five sites benefit from maintained and accessible paths suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. Find out more here.

How much is car parking?

£2 for 2 hours or £4 all day. If you're a regular visitor why not become a Friend of South West Lakes and receive a free parking pass for all of our car parks. Find out more here

Are your lakes dog friendly?

Yes, dogs are welcome at the lakes. We just ask that they are kept on a lead and out of the water. Enclosed dog exercise areas are available at Roadford, Siblyback and Wimbleball where you can let your four-legged friends off of the lead for a good run. 

Can I bring my own boat?

Yes, self-launch is available at all five activity centres. Find more information here.

Can I swim in the lake?

For the safety of our visitors, swimming is not permitted in any of the lakes, unless it's part of a registered event.

Can I purchase a gift voucher?

Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher on this website or by calling 01566 771930.

What days are you open?

The lakes are open all year for walking, cycling and exploring! Opening times for our Activity Centres can be found on the site specific pages on this website.

Can I go fishing?

Yes, Roadford, Siblyback, Stithians and Wimbleball are popular trout fisheries and Tamar Lakes is an award winning coarse fishery. To find out more visit our fishing websites:

www.swlakestrust.org.uk/trout-fishing 

www.swlakestrust.org.uk/coarse-fishing 

Do you sell equipment?

Yes, at the end of the season we sell off some of our kit. If you are interested in purchasing any of our equipment please contact your closest Activity Centre.

How do we book? 

Bookings can be made through our website or by calling your chosen centre.

Can we bring groups?

Yes, groups are welcome at the lakes. For more information click here. 

Can we become a watersports member?

Yes, please see all of our membership options, information and prices here. 

Can I have a bbq or campfire  

BBQs are permitted as long as they are raised off of the ground. Unfortunately we do not allow campfires. 

Still need help? Get in touch with your local lake:

Roadford - 01409 211507 / [email protected] 

Siblyback - 01579 346522 / [email protected] 

Stithians - 01209 860301 / [email protected] 

Tamar - 01288 231712 / [email protected] 

Wimbleball - 01398 371460 / [email protected]