Car Parking at the Lakes

Car parking at the lakes is just £2 for two hours and £4 for the whole day. All income from our car parks contributes to the upkeep and enhancement of the lakes for our visitors and wildlife - from conserving important habitats to maintaining your favourite walks. Read more

Wild camping

Wild camping is not permitted at any of our lakes. Instead, choose from one of our campsites across the region. Read more

Reservoir safety

Reservoirs and lakes are beautiful - but can also be dangerous. Every summer, we remind people not to swim in our reservoirs because of the risks that can affect even the strongest swimmers. Read our guide to find out more and how to stay safe when visiting. Read more

GiveBack 2020

On Tuesday 1 December we will be joining forces with charities across world for GiveBack2020. A day of generosity and support for our charities and an opportunity to take something positive from 2020 and make a difference at the same time. Read more

Things to do at home

We know how important play is for children (and adults), especially when we are all at home. Here are some suggestions for activities that provide a bit of fun, time well-spent together, and ideas to get moving about in your garden. Read more

Current reservoir levels

See the current water levels in our reservoirs Read more

Coronavirus update 13/4/2021

Following the changes to government guidelines on 12 April, we are delighted to have more of our facilities open and look forward to welcoming you soon. Read more


NCS is a once in a life-time, nationwide, government funded experience for young people between the ages of 16 and 17 to enjoy during their summer holidays that takes place over either 3 or 4 exciting weeks. Read more

Invasive non-native species and biosecurity at the lakes

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are a particular threat to lakes and rivers and can interfere with recreational activities, such as angling and water sports. South West Lakes Trust and South West Water are working in partnership to help protect our sites from the impacts of invasive non-native species. Read more

Christchurch Harbour, Bournemouth

Set midway between the Solent and Poole Harbour, Christchurch Harbour is a beautiful natural harbour, and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Read more

Become a Friend of South West Lakes

Support our work and make the most of your visits to the lakes by becoming a Friend of South West Lakes. Read more

Our objectives

South West Lakes Trust charitable objectives Read more

Our Play Areas

Fewer children are getting a chance to climb trees or play hide and seek in a woodland. Through this campaign we aim to provide places for young people and their families to play together – by supporting our work you will be helping families to create special memories and protect areas for active play in the countryside. Read more

Visit the Lakes

Venture around the beautiful lakes of the South West by foot, bike and paw; explore miles of footpaths and trails, whilst taking a moment to appreciate the peaceful beauty of water, woodland and forestry.  The lakes are an idyllic setting for a family day out in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. Partake in a spot of adventure off the water; there are plenty of fantastic things to do as a family, and some of the best, most memorable days cost absolutely nothing (except a small car parking charge! Read more