Shaping the Future of Siblyback Lake


Activities have been delivered at Siblyback Lake for the last 30 years and, during that time, new activities and alternative destinations have grown rapidly. In February of this year we made the difficult decision to cease offering watersports and camping during 2019.


Neil Reeves, Head of Countryside and Recreation for South West Lakes Trust, said “It was a hard decision to make because we know how much some people enjoy these activities but, as a charity, we need to invest our funding responsibly and we have found that they haven’t been sustainable in recent years. 110,000 people visited Siblyback in 2018 however only 5% of those people took part in watersports and camping activities.”

During the year we have been reviewing the situation as we are keen to see Siblyback offering activities for all, for generations to come. As well as talking to visitors and other stakeholders a comprehensive survey was completed by over 800 people between 3 July and 6 September 2019.

87% of the people who completed the survey, online, on site and at the Liskeard Show, had visited Siblyback before, revealing a strong local identity and passion, with 48% visiting on a regular basis and just under half stating a walk or dog walk was their main reason for taking a trip to the lake.


The survey also revealed the real mix of desires for Siblyback’s future, including the passion to keep the site natural with a range of on water and on land activities for the whole family.

Along with local stakeholders, we will be looking deeper into what the survey has revealed and will be proposing a new sustainable operating model for Siblyback Lake from 2020 onwards in the very near future.

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