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! 

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Members of North Devon Radio Sailing Club Racing meet weekly at Upper Tamar Lake- why not come along and enjoy watching the sport, or even try it for yourself! Read on to find out more from the members of the Members of North Devon Radio Sailing Club Racing:

"You may well ask, what is radio sailing? Some would say a collection of people playing with toy boats, but it is far more serious than that. It is basically divided into two types, pleasure pottering with radio-controlled boats which are often scale models of larger craft powered by wind or motor or ultra-competitive racing of sailing yachts who normally race in one of a variety of different classes. These craft are entirely powered by the wind. At Tamar, the North Devon Radio Sailing Club focus on racing and raceDF65 and International One Meter (IOM) class yachts.

Radio yacht racing is exactly the same as full size racing with similar, albeit shorter courses and rules as used by full size yachts.Indeed many of the skippers of these small boats have sailed for many years larger boats, but learning the basics is very straightforward, such that anybody can quickly be sailing competently. The boats are controlled by radio control transmitters, which operate two motors within the boat, one controlling the rudder a second the sails.  The IOM  boats used by NDRSC are often made by the skippers, indeed currently about 50% currently raced are homemade, but if building is not an attraction, professionally made boats are available. The cost of buying a new, top class boat can cost in excess of £3000, with waiting times to acquire of many months, but few if any people start this way. Second hand boats can be acquired from £250 and frankly the limiting factor when starting will not be the boat, it will be the sailor! Before anybody contemplates purchasing a boat the Club has a boat available for interested people who want to simply come along and have a go. If they cannot sail, they will also be taught that and after a few hours will be sailing unaided up and down the lake.

 The reservoir at Upper Tamar is normally ideal for sailing these boats, however even with the current reduced water levels racing can continue. Sailing at Tamar continues for 12 months of the year. North Devon Radio Sailing Club normally meet on Wednesdays at 10am at Upper Tamar Lake so come along and spend a few hours in fabulous surroundings watching or indeed trying radio sailing."

Members of North Devon Radio Sailing Club Racing at Tamar Lakes