November 2022

We have subsidised over 3,800 activity sessions at our lakes this year, enabling more people to benefit from being active in the outdoors.

At Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor, we subsidised 82 sessions for 2,200 participants in 2022, and at Roadford Lake in Devon, 1,660 participants took part in subsidised sessions.

Local schools, uniformed groups including scouts and guides, youth organisations and other charities such as Help for Heroes have enjoyed activities including sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, camping, high ropes, raft building, archery and orienteering.

Both Wimbleball and Roadford host visits from home education groups. The groups took part in the charity’s ‘Buccaneers’ club, enabling them to enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, high ropes, archery, climbing and bush craft. As well as being fun, the sessions are great for team building and communication skills.

This is in addition to the thousands of people who have enjoyed instructor-led sessions, bespoke tuition, camped and hired equipment or launched their own at our lakes this year.

Wimbleball’s visitor manager Luke Hoather said: “This year has not been without its challenges – low water levels and deep mud as a result of the unprecedented and prolonged period of hot and dry weather over the summer have made accessing the water difficult at times.

“But thanks to the dedication and determination of the team, we’ve been able to continue our subsidised activities and it’s great that so many people have been able to benefit from them – even more than last year. We believe that enabling access to green and blue spaces is good for everyone’s health and wellbeing.”

We offer subsidised activities as part of our charitable objectives, which include encouraging more young people and a more diverse range of people to get involved with what the charity has to offer.

To find out more about subsidised activities for schools, uniformed groups, youth organisations and other charities contact us on 01566 771930 or [email protected]

About us

We believe engaging with the natural environment enables people to grow. Our reservoirs and lakes are home to many wonderful animals and boast important habitats and built historic sites. We pride ourselves on enabling people of all abilities to enjoy these special locations by providing access both on and off the water. It’s your outdoors – come and explore.