Active Outdoors

Active Outdoors

Being active and being healthy is always in the media and the benefits of exercising in the outdoors is well understood; but did you know simply being in a great landscape can help improve your mental health as well. Our lakes give so many opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get outside and be active, help us provide places for everyone’s wellbeing: clubs, individuals and families all benefit from a range of opportunities including foot and cycle paths or taking part in active sports.

From first steps to Olympic hopefuls we give opportunities for everyone to take part, the lakes give people the chance to get out of the gym and into the great outdoors.

Help us make the Lakes a place to get active in the outdoors.

Current project

We want to provide great experiences both on and off the water. We have just completed upgrades and extensions to some paths including the creation of a cycle trail from Roadford Lake Activity Centre which now links to the dam enabling visitors to cycle between the café and forest to the activity centre and campsite and vice versa!

Working with Dartmoor National Park Authority, our paths, including a wheelchair/pushchair accessible section, have been upgraded at Fernworthy Reservoir, near Chagford. Visitors to this beautiful Dartmoor location can now enjoy more of Fernworthy and soon we will be upgrading the last section to complete the round reservoir walk.

We hope that these new paths and our network of existing paths enable our visitors to be active and healthy whilst having a fun time with friends and family.

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Our Trustee champion says


“As a sailor myself I am keen to see more people being able to enjoy time afloat, after all:
there is nothing absolutely nothing— half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Malcolm Bell

Getting out on the water

Over recent years we have secured funds and donations to provide Wheely Boats at various locations. These boats are designed for less able visitors and enable access to the water, which is often not provided elsewhere.

By working with the Wheely Boat Trust several of our fisheries have these fantastic boats which are also available to hire by visiting groups to help less able people get out onto our scenic lakes to enjoy being on the water.

We are lucky to have Skiability visit us once a year at Siblyback Lake to provide water skiing and other water based activities for able-bodied and disabled people.