South West Lakes Trust
South West Lakes Trust is the region's largest combined environmental and recreational charity with 50 inland water sites, spread across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset.
Roadford Lake, located on the edge of Dartmoor between Okehampton and Launceston, is the largest lake for watersports in the South West. Visitors to Roadford can take part in a variety of activities both on and off the water including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, high ropes, climbing, archery, trout angling, walking and cycling. There is also a campsite, café and children’s play area on site as well as excellent bird watching.
Located in Dartmoor National Park, undisturbed Burrator is popular with walkers and cyclists due to its wealth of paths with many of the trails leading on to Dartmoor. The Burrator Discovery Centre is now open explaining the history of the Burrator catchment. This attractive Dartmoor trout fishery is one of the most tranquil and picturesque natural angling venues in the South West.
Kennick, Tottiford and Trenchford located on the edge of Dartmoor near Bovey Tracey are a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
A number of walks meander through woodland and along the water’s edge taking you to Tottiford where a rugged round lake walk can be followed. Picnic areas are dotted around Trenchford and Tottiford. Trenchford also offers pike fishing and Kennick is a top rated premier rainbow trout fishery with angling from the banks and boats. Access to Kennick is restricted to anglers only due to the narrow banks and anglers' backcasts.
Other scenic Dartmoor sites ideal for walking include Avon Dam near South Brent, Fernworthy near Chagford, Venford near Ashburton, Meldon near Okehampton and Lopwell Dam located just 3 miles north of Plymouth.
The breath-taking Lopwell Dam on the upper tidal mark of the River Tavy is an excellent site for bird watching and walking. This wildlife haven is well worth a visit. There is also a café and visitor centre on site.