This peaceful corner of Cornwall is perfect for those paddlers wanting to kayak in beautiful surroundings with nothing but the sound of birdsong ringing in their ears. In fact bird watching plays a big part in attracting visitors.

For the most part, Siblyback is flat water lake paddling, allowing sit on kayakers to develop their skills in relative safety as well as giving more advanced paddlers a chilled spot to hang out at.

The surrounding country park is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life; onsite camping facilities offer visiting paddlers the opportunity to make a weekend (or longer) of it.

If messing about on the water gets too much then you could always grab some bikes and head off exploring or even venture to the coast, which is only a short journey away.

The onsite watersports facility offers kayak coaching but you’d need to call the centre for details and tuition will be chargeable – as is launching your kayak.

Once you’re done with paddling then retiring to the local café is where you’ll find a delicious range of light lunches and other meals to help refuel your spent body. Hot and cold drinks are also served, as is delicious Kelly’s ice-cream!

Opening hours are seven days a week 11am – 5pm, although these hours are subject to being shorter over the winter months.

How to get there:

Head towards Plymouth before following signs to Siblyback Lake. Country Park is only 24 miles away from the city airport.


Changing facilities, café, watersports centre and camping are all available for visitors. Fees and charges are applicable such as car parking and launching kayaks.


No real hazards apart from other water users and cold air temperatures during certain periods of weather. With a little common sense most incidents can be avoided.

Ins and Outs:

Dropping in next to the activity centre is the usual course of action although there are other places paddlers can make use of.



Nestled on the edge of Bodmin Moor and suitable for a variety of different watersports, Siblyback Lake is a sheltered stretch of water that is perfect for pottering about on your sit on kayak.

If the Cornish coast is too full on or not cutting the mustard, for whatever reason, then Siblyback could fit the bill perfectly.


Siblyback Lake