Welcome to South West Lakes Trust

We are dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the important habitats, species and historic sites that form an integral part of the South West’s reservoirs and lakes. From prehistoric burial cairns at Burrator Reservoir, to wildlife rich Culm Grassland at Roadford Lake, the variety and importance of these sites is paramount in our day to day work.

One of the things we are most passionate about is providing access to the lakes for people of all abilities. We have a wide range of facilities from accessible paths and fishing platforms to sailability and wheelyboats for those who love to get out on the water. Our activity centres are ideal locations for an unforgettable family day out!

Get Involved With Nature

We have miles of footpaths and cycle trails, acres of woodlands and forests. Our lakes provide the perfect setting for a day out in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. Discover semi-natural ancient woodlands, Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Scheduled Monuments, endangered species and most importantly get your kids engaged with nature.

Natural Environment Programme

Sites of Special Scientific (SSSI) Interest were established to protect the most valuable areas of the country for wildlife and geology. Our joint SSSI project with South West Water is dedicated to improving the condition of important SSSI habitats at Crowdy Reservoir, Countess Wear, Lopwell Dam and Dendles Wood. These sites cover 69 hectares of land, including wetlands and woodlands – the project will have a direct benefit for the people and wildlife in Cornwall and Devon. The aim of this exciting project is to bring these SSSI sites into favourable conservation status by 2020.

In 2016

75,000 people from across the
south-west region benefited from
health giving outdoor
activities at the lakes

Get Involved

There are many ways for you to get involved with our charity – try volunteering, become a Friend of the Trust or donate to one of our projects. Without your generous support we wouldn’t be able to achieve as much as we do.


We are currently raising funds for a new round lake path at Fernworthy Reservoir.

Have you visited


Meldon Reservoir


Porth Reservoir

Wistlandpound Reservoir

Burrator Blogger