Visit South West Lakes

One of South West Lakes Trust’s five lakeside campsites in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor could be your next spring getaway. With footpaths and cycle trails to investigate, woodlands to discover and play areas to enjoy, everyone can get involved and benefit from being outdoors. It’s your outdoors – come and explore!

Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor
Discover the beauty of Wimbleball Lake, a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, nestled in the rolling hills of Exmoor National Park, and just a two-hour drive from Bath.

The family-friendly campsite has five bell tents, two wooden camping pods and a cabin as well as a choice of hard standings, electric and non-electric pitches for tents, motorhomes and caravans. You can hire a fire pit, purchase wood and charcoal made onsite, rent a telescope and pay an after-dark visit to the new Dark Sky Discovery Hub to gaze at the stars.

Enjoy an aerial adventure on the high ropes course, hit the bullseye on the archery range or fly fish for rainbow trout. Hire watersports equipment, launch your own or learn something new with the friendly and knowledgeable instructors. You’ll also find a packed programme of activities on during the school Easter, May half term and summer holidays.

Explore Exmoor and walk to Haddon Hill from Wimbleball. See if you can spot the great range of wildlife at the lake, such as the iconic Exmoor ponies and deer. The closest town to Wimbleball is Dulverton but it’s also worth venturing slightly further to explore the popular towns and villages of Tiverton, Porlock, Minehead, Watchet, Wiveliscombe, Taunton and Wellington.

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Roadford Lake, Devon
The magnificent Roadford Lake is situated amongst the beautiful countryside of the Wolf Valley with the dramatic tors of Dartmoor as its backdrop, making it the perfect location for your next family escape.

The scenic campsite offers a choice of spacious electric and non-electric pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes as well as a fantastic bell tent called Bertie. Enjoy a tasty treat from the Roadford Lake Café while the little ones let off steam in the new play area.

Hire watersports equipment, launch your own or learn to kayak, canoe, paddleboard or sail with the activities team. You’ll also find a packed programme of activities during the school Easter, May half term and summer holidays as well as at weekends in June and July.

Roadford is also one of the best brown trout fisheries in the UK, with 700 acres of fishing to explore by boat or bank.
Roadford is the perfect base to explore the spectacular Dartmoor National Park. Within easy reach of Roadford are the historic towns of Launceston and Okehampton and some of the best beaches in Devon and Cornwall are less than an hour away.

Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
With the striking backdrop of Bodmin Moor, a designated International Dark Sky Landscape, Siblyback Lake near Liskeard lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Right next to the lake, the small campsite has a choice of electric and non-electric pitches for tents and motorhomes. Watersports equipment hire and self-launch is available when the Activity Centre opens in May. Siblyback is also renowned for its fly fishing. It is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and home to a large population of resident brown trout.

A must-do on your visit to Bodmin Moor is Dozmary Pool, where according to legend, King Arthur rowed out to the Lady of the Lake and received the sword Excalibur.



Stithians Lake, Cornwall
Stithians is the largest inland water in West Cornwall, with activities from fly fishing to footpaths, wildlife to watersports and café to camping.

Surrounded by farmland and moorland, Stithians Lake’s family-friendly campsite has a choice of electric and non-electric pitches. If glamping is more your style, you can stay in one of the luxury bell tents, furnished with comfy double beds and the option of camp beds for up to two children. Everything you need will be in your tent, including storage for clothes, bean bags, fairy lights, lighting and a charging point for your gadgets. Each bell tent has an undercover outdoor cooking area with table and seating.

Hire watersports equipment, launch your own or learn to kayak, canoe, paddleboard or sail. You’ll also find a packed programme of activities on during the school Easter, May half term and summer holidays. The lake is open for fly fishing from March to November.
Cornish landmarks the Minack Theatre, Glendurgan Gardens and Pendennis Castle are all within easy reach.

Tamar Lakes, Cornwall
This idyllic location on the Devon and Cornwall border is perfect for exploring on bike or foot. The campsite has a choice of electric and non-electric pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes. Alternatively, the onsite four-berth glamping pod is perfect for families not wanting to travel with lots of camping gear. It’s furnished with two bunk beds, a table and chairs, cutlery and a cool-box. Hire watersports equipment or launch your own. Upper Tamar Lake is also renowned for its carp and match fishing. The Cornish coastal town of Bude with its sea pool and popular beaches is nearby and Dartmoor National Park and the beach resort of Newquay are under an hour’s drive from the lake.

South West Lakes Trust is an independent charity dedicated to caring for and enhancing the region’s reservoirs and lakes. Your support helps us keep these places special for people and wildlife.

swlakestrust.org.uk/activities