Activities and Camping

Great days out with South West Lakes Trust

We have five Activity Centres across the region, where you can hire watersports equipment, launch your own craft or learn something new with our friendly and qualified instructors:

Extend your stay and camp at Roadford Campsite, Siblyback Campsite, Stithians Campsite, Tamar Campsite or Wimbleball Campsite.

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. 

#ItsYourOutdoors - come and explore! 

Download our Camping and Activities Terms and Conditions. 

For Activity Centre opening times please click here

glamping pod | free showers | onsite watersports | fishing tuition | play area | off-road cycling and walking trails | café | dog friendly

Enjoy a family friendly camping holiday at Tamar Lakes on the Devon and Cornwall border. Experience sleeping under canvas or glamp in our wooden pod. Tamar Lakes offers a unique outdoors camping holiday near the Cornish coastal town of Bude. 

There’s plenty of things to fill your holiday with fun and adventure! Hire our watersports equipment or launch your own when the Activity Centre is open (usually May to September). Explore the lake by foot or bike or take to the water on a canoe, paddleboard, kayak or sail boat. Enjoy a camping holiday in Cornwall packed with fun and lifelong memories. Let your children’s imagination run wild, collect leaves, find bugs, go on a nature hunt and let them loose in our new play area. 

Ditch the iPads and experience a real life adventure, explore our two lakes, walk through woodlands, build a den, skim stones, catch a fish or climb a tree. Walk, run or cycle across the Cornwall and Devon border and see if you can spot herons, dragonflies, kingfishers or even an otter. It's your outdoors - come and explore!


The Campsite 

Tamar Lakes is an AA graded, 2 star campsite in Cornwall. The site benefits from spacious pitches, a children’s play area, onsite showers and toilets, washing up area, baby changing room, waste disposal and recycling facilities as well as on site watersports, fishing and a cafe.

There’s a choice of electric and non-electric pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes. Please note, we cannot accept motorhomes larger than 20ft due to access to the campsite.

Pitches: 13 + 1 glamping pod 
Hard Standings: 1
Grass: 7
Grass with Electrical Hook-Ups: 5 pitches
Distance from showers (paces): 170
Onsite Glamping Pod

Departures: 11:00
Arrivals: 14:00

Download our campsite map here

Camping Pod

'Lily' is our basic 4 berth camping pod, perfect for families not wanting to travel with large amounts of camping gear. Provided is: 2 bunk beds, a table and chairs, cutlery. There is a solar powered light and USB charging port, but no other electricity supply.

Sorry, we do not allow dogs inside the pod


The Local Area

Enjoy a day trip out and visit the popular Cornish coastal town of Bude. Stock up on food and drink, explore the beaches and outdoor sea pool or enjoy a walk on the South West Coastal Path. Go back in time and visit the historic Cornish villages of Clovelly or Boscastle or venture further. Under an hour’s drive from the lake are Wadebridge, Dartmoor National Park and the ever popular Cornish beach town of Newquay.

2024 Season Dates

2024 Low Season: £21 per night (price includes 2 adults) 2024 High Season: £26 per night (price includes 2 adults)

26 April - 23 May

3 June - 30 June

4 September - 30 September 

24 May - 2 June

1 July - 3 September


  • Electrical hook up - £7.50 / per night
  • Hard standing and electrical hook up - £12.50 / per night
  • Extra adult - £7.00 per person / per night
  • Extra child - £3.00 per person / per night
  • Dogs free
  • Babies up to 24 months free

Low season camping pod: £35 per night (up to 4 people) High season camping pod:  £50 per night (up to 4 people)
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For further information call 01288 321712 // [email protected]

Near Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9SB

Coach stations:
Bude: Strand Coach Stop — 8.7 miles
Bideford: Quay Coach Stop — 17.6 miles
Westward Ho!: Nelson Rd Coach Stop — 17.2 miles
Train stations:
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 25.4 miles
Barnstaple Rail Station — 25.5 miles
Umberleigh Rail Station — 25.8 miles
Ferry ports:
Bideford Ferry Landing — 17.6 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 18.9 miles
Instow Ferry Landing — 19.5 miles