Accessible Play

Access for all.

Accessibility, on the water and

Did you know? We are managed by South West Lakes Trust, we aim to provide social inclusion and accessibility for all. We want more people to engage with the outdoors and have fun irrespective of ability, age and background.

More people having great experiences.

Enjoy a wide range of inclusive facilities, adventure our lakes via wheelyboats, take part in a sailability session, explore our specially designed nature paths and take advantage of our wheelchair friendly swings (swings available at some of our playgrounds). Please see below to check availability of equipment at our individual centres.

Roadford Lake: Wheelyboat, Accessible Paths
Tamar Lake: Wheelyboat, Accessible Paths
Siblyback Lake: Accessible Paths, Tramper/ Mobility Scooter
Stithians Lake: Wheelyboat, Accessible Paths, Sailability
Wimbleball Lake: Wheelyboat, Accessible Paths, Tramper/ Mobility Scooter


We have worked with the Wheelyboat Trust to provide five boats at our lakes. Our wheelyboats provide accessibility for less able visitors to our lakes and ensure that wheelchair users can enjoy independent access onto the water.

Our wheelyboats display the South West Lakes Trusts’ charitable aims for social inclusion and exploration of the outdoors for all. Our wheelchair friendly boats allow visitors to the lake to benefit directly from a variety of inclusive activities such as pleasure boating, trout and coarse fishing, bird and nature watching.

You will need to have prior training before being able to drive a wheelyboat, training is of no additional cost, you will only be required to pay for hire of the boat.

Contact a centre directly for Wheelyboat hire.

RYA Sailability

Get into sailing, sailing is an inclusive water sport for all to participate in. Stithians Lake is a recognised centre offering RYA Sailability sessions, these sessions allow people of all abilities to enjoy access onto the water, to try something new or advance their skills. Sailability has allowed the sport to become accessible for all ages and level of disability. The RYA Sailability sessions provide freedom and independence for all participants within a social and relaxed atmosphere.

Our sessions allow people to gain access to the water and maintain healthy lifestyles within a fun and friendly environment. Come along and participate in this great sport, sailing allows able and less-able sailors to participate on equal merit.

Stithians Lake offers sessions for people with disabilities on Sundays from 15th May to 2 October at 11.30 to 12.30. Please contact the centre for further details.

Roadford Lake benefits from specialised equipment, allowing accessibility to sailing for less-able visitors. Please contact Roadford directly for more information prior to your visit.

Wimbleball Lake offers sailability courses externally, contact the local sailing club for more information.

sailability sessions available at Stithians Lake, Cornwall

Access for all.

The Tramper mobility scooter is available for hire at Wimbleball and Siblyback Lake. Our Trampers where generously supplied to the South West Lakes Trust by The Countryside Mobility Scheme.

Siblyback Lake:

Enjoy the outdoors independently with the use of the Tramper, available for hire for £4 for 2 hours. Our Tramper allows less mobile visitors to explore the lake and can be hired out through the Countryside team. As staffing varies between days, advance booking is essential to guarantee use of the Tramper. Call the South West Lakes Trust Head Office on 01566 771930 before 3pm on the day before you wish to hire the Tramper (or earlier if possible). Tramper hire may be possible on arrival if staff are present but this cannot be guaranteed.

Wimbleball Lake:

Explore Wimbleball Lake, our Tramper allows visitors to gain independent access and explore all of the great things to do at the lake. Visitors hiring the Tramper can now explore sections of off-road trails, venture though woodland and across meadows to discover the superb wildlife of Exmoor National Park.

The Tramper can be hired at Wimbleball Lake for £2.50 per hour.


Available at:

roadford lake, outdoor and active in devon
siblyback lake, outdoor and active in cornwall
stithians lake, outdoor and active cornwall
tamar lakes, outdoor and active in cornwall
wimbleball lake, outdoor and active in somerset
aala, adeventure activities authority licensing
british water ski and wakeboarding
rya (royal yachting association) training centre
british stand up paddle association
british canoe union
grreen tourism award