Kayaking adventures.

Have fun kayaking in the South West

Explore the outdoors and create your own adventure with South West Lakes. Bring the whole family and experience a kayaking day out in Cornwall, Devon and Exmoor. You can hire a kayak, bring your own, sign up for a course or experience a ‘have a go’ session and explore our lakes by boat. Kayaking is a versatile water based activity that is inclusive for all – create games, spot wildlife and explore the great outdoors with your friends, family or group.

Family outdoor activities in the South West

Kayaking is a firm favourite with families and novice sport enthusiasts alike. The safe environment of our lakeside locations offer a unique opportunity to get out on the water and create a new adventure. We offer the perfect location for you to come and enjoy kayaking regardless of ability and/or age, contact one of our centres directly for more information.


Kayaking in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor

Kayaking is brilliant for team building, fun for individuals and lends itself to small and large groups alike. Newcomers to our lakes can learn and build upon skills in the water whilst gaining confidence within the relaxing and tranquil environment that our centres provide. Learn how to master going forward in a straight line, back paddling to performing eskimo rolls with one of our fully trained instructors. Experience something new and create memories on your holiday in the South West.

reviews kayaking at outdoor and active, roadford, siblyback, stithians, tamar and wimbleball

Open Sessions

This session will have a number of spaces which can be booked by anyone allowing you to meet new people while having new experiences. The instructors on this session will go through the basic skills needed to be able to play games and possibly explore your surroundings.

Bespoke Sessions

This session is designed with you in mind. It is a bespoke session for you and your family whether you want to spend more time learning specific skills, explore nature on a trip of the lake were your instructor will teach you about the landscape you are in or spend the time making family memories that will never fade by playing games that will make you laugh out loud.

Have a go – 2hr session:

Have a go sessions are the perfect option for total beginners to kayaking, our 2 hour sessions are run by a qualified British Canoe Union instructors’. The two hour session will help build upon your knowledge and confidence in and on the water. A typical session will include an introduction to the equipment, familiarisation with the safety aspects and basic paddling techniques before progressing onto fun and games or even a short journey around the lake.

Get into – 6hr mixed paddle day:

Spend a day learning a new sport and gain all the skills that come with it. The day will be filled with practical and theory elements. Learn the different types of paddling (kayaking, canoeing and SUP) and gain advanced skills by playing games in all of the different disciplines.

Instructor led sessions are only available at Roadford, Wimbleball and Stithians Lakes.


Hire our kayaking equipment, get out on the water and experience this fantastic sport from as little as £12. We offer sit in and sit on top kayaks.

(watersports member prices in brackets)
1 Hour 2 Hour 4 Hour 6 Hour
Kayak £14.00 (£12.70) £23.00 (£20.70) £41.00 (£36.90) £51.00 (£45.90)
Double Kayak £20.00 (£18.00) £36.00 (£32.40) £50.00 (£45.00) £62.00 (£55.80)

Launch and Membership

Looking for the perfect spot to launch your own kayak? Look no further, our activity centres offer an ideal location to get afloat. With no tides and up to *7 days a week rescue cover in the high season, you can enjoy kayaking when it suits you. Contact your chosen centre for further information and check on availability.

For more information contact your desired activity centre.

Thinking of launching regularly – why not become a member.

Self Launch – including evening buddy launch (after 5pm)
Kayak £8.00
Third party insurance is required for all crafts that are launched on the Lakes


Available at:

roadford lake, outdoor and active in devon
stithians lake, outdoor and active cornwall
tamar lakes, outdoor and active in cornwall
wimbleball lake, outdoor and active in somerset
siblyback lake, outdoor and active in cornwall
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