Activities and Camping

Great days out with South West Lakes

Explore the great outdoors and have a day filled with fun and adventure! Catch fish, build dens, get on your bike or explore the lakes of the south west by boat or foot.

There are so many things to do at the lakes – discover the joy of simply wandering through woodlands, spotting birds and bugs and playing amongst nature. You can also take to the water and experience an exhilarating adventure as a family.

Please check our Covid update page prior to visiting to make sure you are up to date with information for your trip.


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. 

Self-launch

Already have your own kit? You can launch your own equipment at all five of our lakes!

Kayak / Canoe / SUP self-launch: £8.00 (per craft, per day)

Windsurf self-launch: £9.00 (per craft, per day)

Dinghy self-launch: £12.00 (per craft, per day)

Please note:

  • Third party insurance is required when launching your own equipment 
  • For all self-launch a disclaimer must be completed online prior to arrival
  • Any inflatable crafts must be checked by a member of staff before being launched on the water
  • The launch fee also includes use of the toilet facilities, changing rooms and provision of rescue cover (in designated areas and advertised times). If you want to go outside of rescue cover / areas then this is strictly under the buddy system and must be discussed with staff before doing so.
  • Personal buoyancy (not life jackets) must be worn on the water at all times. If you don't own one, then you can rent ours for £5.00
  • Buoyancy aids, PFDs or leashes on SUP's and windsurfing harnesses must be worn by every participant on the water. Only exception is competent paddleboarders over the age of 18 who don't have to wear a buoyancy aid but must wear a leash.
  • South West Lakes staff hold the right to ask anyone at anytime to wear a buoyancy aid.

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Whenever you leave the lakes, remember to Check, Clean, Dry

Invasive plants and animals can block waterways, prevent access for watersports and harm the environment and wildlife. Protect the environment and the sport you enjoy by cleaning your kit before and after using the water.

Find out more here

Roadford Lake Sailing Club

Roadford Lake Sailing Club is a small but very friendly club which has a somewhat unusual, if not unique, operating model. SW Lakes works in partnership with RLSC to provide dinghy racing at Roadford to its members. Further details of club contacts, activities and costs can be found here.

Become a South West Lakes Member 

Are you a regular visitor to the lake? Do you have your own kayak, canoe, paddleboard, windsurf or dingy? You may be interested in becoming a watersports member!

      • Includes free parking at all SW Lakes' sites
      • Includes unlimited launch (Buddy system to be used outside of activity centre opening hours)
      • Launch at all 5 activity centres!
      • 10% off equipment hire and courses
      • 20% off in the Roadford Cafe and 10% off in the gift shop

Launch Membership Pricing:

      • New Members (valid 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022): Family £205, Individual £140, Concession £100

- Family Launch membership includes up to 6 people from the same household

- Concession membership available for OAPs, full time students and under 18s

      • Boat storage £75. Additional Boat storage £70

- Boat storage subject to availability 

Camping Membership

Camping membership is only available for those with a launch membership. Membership allows unlimited nights during low season and 28 nights during high season. Electric is charged at £5 per night and additional adults £5 per person, per night and children £2 per person per night.  Please note, pitches must be booked in advance via our website, all pitches are on a first come, first served basis.

Camping membership is only valid at Roadford, Stithians and Tamar Lakes.

Pricing:

      • New members (valid 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022): Family £295, Couple £240, Single £155


PURCHASE YOUR MEMBERSHIP:

Memberships can be taken out below, but all new members must have a safety briefing at the lakes prior to launching for the first time. Our team will be in touch to make arrangements. *Please ensure you select the correct lake on the booking section below*

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    Want to find out more?

    Get in touch with your local lake:

    Roadford - 01409 211507 / [email protected] 

    Siblyback - 01579 346522 / [email protected] 

    Stithians - 01209 860301 / [email protected] 

    Tamar - 01288 231712 / [email protected] 

    Wimbleball - 01398 371460 / [email protected]