Activities and Camping

Great days out with South West Lakes 

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! 

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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. 

To avoid disappointment, pre-booking of your activities is essential prior to arriving at the centre. 

Find out more about each sport below, and book your equipment hire at the bottom of the page.

Kayaking 

Bring the whole family and experience an unforgettable kayaking day out in Cornwall, Devon and Exmoor. Create games, spot wildlife and explore the great outdoors with your friends, family or group. 

Single kayak hire starts from just £15

Double kayak hire starts from just £22

Available at Roadford, Siblyback, Stithians, Tamar and Wimbleball.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding 

Stand up paddleboarding is undoubtedly one the world's fastest growing sports.

Not only is it fun, it also offers a great full body core workout, all whilst enjoying the spectacular lake views. 

Paddleboard hire starts from just £16

Available at Roadford, Siblyback, Stithians, Tamar and Wimbleball. 

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Mega SUP

The Mega SUP is a giant (17' long) paddleboard for families or groups of friends .

Best paddled with 4-8 people - at the same time! 

Your main challenge is to stand up!

Mega SUP hire starts from just £50

Available at Roadford and Wimbleball. 

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Canoeing 

Sit back, relax and immerse yourself in nature. This family friendly activity is perfect for all ages and abilities.

Suitable for up to 3 people.

Canoe hire starts from just £25

Available at Roadford, Siblyback, Stithians, Tamar and Wimbleball.

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Sailing 

Come and sail on our beautiful lakes. We have picos, fevas, visions and bahia/visions available to hire. 

Pico hire starts from just £20 (Sailing experience equivalent to RYA Stage 2 or Level 1 required)

Feva hire starts from just £29 (Sailing experience equivalent to RYA Stage 3 or Level 1 required)

Vision hire starts from just £55 (Sailing experience equivalent to RYA Stage 4 or Level 2 required)

Available at Roadford, Stithians, Tamar and Wimbleball. 

You must meet a minimum competency level for sailing; staff will check that you meet this level when you arrive. Please note that sailing is only available to book over the phone at Wimbleball Lake.

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Windsurfing 

There's no greater thrill than skimming across the surface of the water with friends and family.

Don’t have your own windsurfing kit? Hire ours and experience a completely different view of the lakes. 

Windsurf hire starts from just £23

Available at Roadford, Stithians, Tamar and Wimbleball. 

You must meet a minimum competency level for windsurfing; staff will check that you meet this level when you arrive. Please note that windsurfing is only available to book over the phone at Wimbleball Lake.

Wing surf/foil

Enjoy the fantastic new sport of wing surfing and wing foiling without the need to buy your own equipment. We have a good selection of boards, wings and foils. Hire can be a great opportunity to develop your skills and also try different sizes of boards and wings.  

Equipment hire is available to people who have suitable experience.  Have a chat with our team and they will be able to advise you on the best kit for your level. Please be advised that when you hire equipment from us you are responsible for its safe return in the same condition it went out in. You will be able to view our list of damage charges before you go out on the water.

Wing or foil from £30. Wing + foil hire from £50. 

Available at Stithians. 

Rowing 

Perfect for a family or group up to 5 people (youngest age 1). Enjoy a relaxing row across the lake and maybe bring a picnic?

Rowing is perfect for beginners and excellent for those who want to stay dry while enjoying the water. 

Rowing boat hire starts from just £22

Available at Siblyback, Stithians, Tamar and Wimbleball. 

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Siblyback Activity Centre is temporarily closed until September. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Book your equipment hire:

Book Roadford     Book Siblyback     Book Stithians     Book Wimbleball     Book Tamar

For all equipment hire, self-launch and tuition a disclaimer must be completed online prior to arrival