Stithians is the largest inland water in West Cornwall, with something for everyone to enjoy: from fishing to footpaths, wildlife to watersports, and café to camping, the lake is both a hub of activity and a peaceful escape. 

Walking at Stithians Lake

Located a few miles from the A30, the reservoir is surrounded by farmland and moorland, including a network of paths for tranquil or more active expeditions. There is a great walk from the café to the imposing Stithians dam. Take care: the route does involve a section of country lanes. There is also a 5 mile circular route which runs adjacent to the lake through meadows, wet woodland and heathland, which are environmentally managed by our dedicated Countryside Team.

The countryside is humming with wildlife; why not see if you can spot some birds from one of the three bird hides?

Play and Explore at Stithians Lake

Enjoy the fantastic pirate-themed play area, where children can taste adventure by trying out the climbing boulder! 

Activities at Stithians Lake 

You can also get on the water or enjoy a camping break at Stithians Lake. With a range of activities including kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing and sailing, our friendly activity team are on hand to help you discover an activity as a family, organised group or individual. Visit our swlakes website to find out more. 

If you fancy a spot of fly-fishing, rainbow and brown trout are stocked throughout the season (mid-March to mid-November), with fly fishing permits available from the self-service permit hut on site. You can either fish from the bank or hire a boat and get out into the middle of the lake. Find out more here

Refuel at Stithians Lake

Incorporate a visit to Café Lake Central into your day of exploring; with a warm welcome and authentic Italian treats, this is the perfect place to relax. Fresh water is always available for your four legged friends. For opening times, see the café’s Facebook page

Address: Activity Centre, Stithians Lake, Menherion, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 6NW