September Inspiration

Head to the lakes this September

September is actually a fantastic time to embark on a lakeside camping adventure!

- Our campsites are still open but tend to be a lot quieter - perfect for a relaxing retreat
- The weather is still fairly warm
- The evenings are becoming darker earlier - the season for campfires and stargazing
-  A great time for walking, photography and capturing the start of the autumn colours
- September is the perfect time to watch migrant birds depart

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors must adhere to the government rule of six people. Our team will be monitoring this and will speak to people breaking this law. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the premises.

Shhh... it's a secret!

We want to let you into a little secret.... September is actually a fantastic time to go camping!

The holidays may be over, but heading to the lakes this September provides the perfect opportunity to bid farewell to summer, immerse yourself in nature and welcome the glorious start of Autumn.

The lakes are havens not just for wildlife but for walkers, runners, cyclists, families, sailors, bird watchers and anglers, all searching for their own piece of tranquillity.

Our campsites offer a great night’s stay under canvas. With outdoor barbecuing, stargazing and the opportunity to explore three national parks, Cornwall's clay country and the spectacular coastlines, you definitely won't be stuck for things to do during your stay. Find out more here.

Take to the water

Experience a completely different view of the lakes. September brings a whole new adventure on the water.  The change in weather and water conditions make for a completely unique watersports experience in comparison to the busier spring and summer seasons. And, with the landscape changing from lush green to autumn gold, the views are simply incredible.

Those wanting to dip their toes in can hire a variety of watersports equipment, including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and sailing boats or, for those who have their own kit, there is the opportunity to use it on the lakes.

Research shows that 'Blue space', including sea, rivers, lakes and even urban water features, can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. The lakes of the South West provide an abundance of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to engage with the outdoors and get active. So, head to the lakes this September and experience an unforgettable adventure!

Roadford Lake, near Launceston

- Watersports equipment hire and launch available 7 days a week until 13 September
- From 14 September - 4 October hire and launch will be available Wednesday - Sunday (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
- From 5 October - 1 November the centre will be open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (Closed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
- From 2 November the centre will be open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sunday

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Siblyback Lake, near Liskeard

- From 7-27 September hire and launch will be available Thursday - Sunday (Closed Monday - Wednesday)

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Stithians Lake, near Redruth

- Watersports equipment hire and launch available 7 days a week until 13 September
- From 14 September - 4 October hire and launch will be available Thursday - Monday (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
- From 5 October - 1 November the centre will be open Thursday - Sunday (closed Monday – Wednesday)

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Tamar Lakes, near Bude

- From 7 - 30 September hire and launch will be available Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)

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Wimbleball Lake, Near Dulverton

- From 7 September hire and launch will be available Thursday - Monday (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
- From 5 - 25 October the centre we will be open Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Closed Tuesday - Thursday)
- From 26 October - 1 November (half term) the centre will be open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
- From 2 - 29 November the centre will be open Saturdays and Sundays
- From 30 November onwards the centre will be closed (open for bespoke bookings only)

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Cast a Line

If you're a keen fisherman or a casual angler, have you ever thought about extending your stay and camping on site?

Roadford, Siblyback, Stithians and Wimbleball are all popular trout fisheries, the perfect spots to begin your angling adventure. Tamar Lakes is a fantastic coarse fishery, voted as the second best still water coarse fishery in the South West in the Angling Times Magazine's National Angling Awards.

September is a great month for fishing as the waters start to cool down from the summer temperatures. Water levels in the lakes start to rise again which brings the fish into the margins to feed around the vegetation which has grown up over summer. Fish always find this food so margin fishing if your quiet and stealthy can prove to be really effective and enjoyable at this time of year.

Mornings and evenings will be the best time of day to catch, so our campsites provide the perfect base for your next angling adventure! We have over 20 fisheries spread across Devon and Cornwall, so extending your stay at one of our fives campsites allows you to venture further and experience the ultimate fishing escape.

An Nature-lover's Paradise

Nature in September is simply breathtaking. Watch as summer transitions into autumn and witness the landscape change into a kaleidoscope of colour, a natural blanket of red, orange and purple.

Visiting the lakes on bike or foot is a great way to experience this incredible time of year. We have miles of footpaths to explore at our 5 campsites, which also provide the perfect base to venture further. Dartmoor is home to some of the most spectacular lakes in the south west, from the idyllic Meldon to the breathtaking Burrator Reservoir.

Burrator Reservoir, less than an hours drive from Roadford, is a must visit during your September escape. Also known as the jewel of Dartmoor, Burrator encompasses dramatic tors, open moorland, historic settlements and a Nature Reserve.

Just a short 45 minute drive from Siblyback Lake and Stithians Lake you will find Wheal Martyn, the UK's only china clay mining museum in the heart of Cornwall's clay country. If history, museums and mining is your thing then it's definitely worth a visit. Located within two former Victorian clay works, the site also boasts some scenic woodland walks, as well as a children's adventure trail and a popular cafe.

South West Lakes manages over 40 lakes across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset. As an independent charity, our purpose is to protect special places for people and wildlife.

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Roadford Lake Activity Centre

Roadford Activity Centre, Roadford Lake, Broadwoodwidger, Devon PL160JL

Telephone: 01409 211507

Siblyback Lake Activity Centre

Siblyback Activity Centre, Common Moor, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 6ER

Telephone: 01579 346522

Wimbleball Lake Activity Centre

Wimbleball Activity Centre, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9NU

Telephone: 01398 371460

Stithians Lake Activity Centre

Stithians Activity Centre, Stithians Lake, Menherion, Redruth, Cornwall TR166NW

Telephone: 01209 860301

Tamar Lake Activity Centre

Tamar Activity Centre, Kilkhamton, Bude, Cornwall EX23 9SB

Telephone: 01288 321712