Water sports from Roadford Lake Lodges

There is so much choice and convenience for water sports enthusiasts staying at our lodges, from the lake-based sports on your doorstep to more adventurous river and sea trips in our local Devon and Cornwall area. So whether you are a novice or experienced, or a family just wanting a great fun day out, there is a water sports adventure here for you to enjoy.

Boys paddle boarding at Roadford Lake

Water sports at Roadford Lake

The ultimate convenience of having a full water sports activity centre based on Roadford Lake is one of the most amazing benefits of staying at our lodges. Roadford Lake Activity Centre is a 5-minute drive from the lodges, just the other side of the lake. Here you can enjoy a huge range of water sports: dingy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding are all available.

All of these sports can be enjoyed in different ways. If you have your own boats and boards you can buy a self-launch ticket for the day and enjoy the lake using your own kit. Alternatively, boats and boards can be hired from the Activity Centre, which can also provide wetsuits and buoyancy aids.

The Activity Centre has fully qualified instructors in all water sports and offers a great range of off-the-shelf and bespoke courses throughout the year. Roadford Lake is a Royal Yacht Association (RYA) registered training centre offering a wide range of RYA courses in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating. If you want to try something new, or different, they also run instructor-led “Have A Go” and “Get Into” sessions. And they offer Activity Days and Activity Weeks for children, packed with water and land-based activities.

For more information on what Roadford Lake Activity Centre offers follow the links below:

SW Lakes Trust

RYA (Royal Yachting Association) website

If you are planning to use the Activity Centre over the winter, please refer to their seasonal opening times as they are limited between November and mid-December, with a period of closure from mid-December to mid-January. Roadford opening times.

Water sports around the Devon and Cornwall coast

Sea Kayaking

If sea kayaking is your passion, sneak in a day on the North Devon and Cornwall coast. Enjoy the amazing beach and cliff scenery and the wonderful marine wildlife of this glorious part of the coast. You can launch from Hartland Quay, 1 hour away, and enjoy the North Devon coast with a trip around Hartland Point to Clovelly. Or launch from Boscastle Harbour (40 minutes away) and paddle south to the famous Tintagel! There are so many other great sea kayak trips on our part of the North coast.

For more information on local sea kayaking follow the links below:

Sea Kayaking in Devon

Sea Kayaking in Cornwall

Surfing and surf-kayaking

The North Devon and Cornwall coast are famous for their beaches and surf. A great day trip for surfing and surf-kayaking is within easy reach for you. On the North Cornwall coast, there are the amazing Widemouth Bay and Bude beaches (Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches) all between 40 and 45 minutes away! Only 60 minutes away is the famous Polzeath beach, perfect for surfing and body-boarding for all the family. In North Devon, there is more choice still! Westward Ho! (45 minutes), Saunton Sands, Croyde Beach and Woolacombe Beach (1 hour 45 minutes) are all close enough for a great day out in the surf and on the beach.

Check out Magic Seaweed for surf conditions

River kayaking

If white water and river paddling is your sport then you also have amazing choices for great paddling on your doorstep. Being on the edge of Dartmoor the lodges are close to classic rivers that rise on Dartmoor. The upper reaches of the Dart, Erme and Teign are all located on Dartmoor and offer grade 2 to 4+ white water sections. The lower reaches of these rivers also offer more leisurely river touring with more time to enjoy the amazing countryside and wildlife. The Tamar and Exe are two other nearby Devon rivers with white water and touring sections; the Tamar runs right past Roadford Lake to the West, between Launceston and Lifton. Further North on the Devon coast the Torridge and Taw offer great tidal paddling trips, with wonderful wildlife.

For more information on paddling on all these rivers see:

Go Paddling 


The South West is famous for its sailing! If you want to venture further afield and enjoy some of the area’s coastal sailing then there are some great places to launch day trips from including Ilfracombe and Appledore on the North coast and Plymouth, Salcombe and Dartmouth on the South coast.

The ‘paddlers code’

  • Water sports can be dangerous. Your skills, experience and equipment should be appropriate for the activities that you are participating in. Please check the local tide, water and weather conditions/forecasts. Please use instructors, guides and clubs to ensure that you enjoy your sports safely.
  • Please be considerate and respectful to other users of our waters, including other water sports enthusiasts, boaters and anglers.
  • Please be respectful to land and waterway owners, and abide by water and land access regulations and laws.
  • Please be considerate and respectful to our wildlife and avoid harm and disturbance of water wildlife, particularly during breeding seasons.


A lodge holiday at

Roadford Lake

Explore the trails and cycle routes around the 250 acres of Roadford Lake in the Wolf Valley, with breathtaking views across the trees and open fields surrounding our Devon lake lodge. The ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Heron, Hornbeam and Snowdrop Lodges

Roadford Lake Lodges
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