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Stithians Lake Campsite


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You’ll get flapping brilliant views from your tent at this site, where the pitches look out over the 275-acre Stithians Lake.

There’s loads of space around the site for family games and picnics, as well as a pirate-themed children’s playground, walking trails around the lake and a bird hide for confirmed and wannabe twitchers.

The range of activities on offer at Stithians Lake Campsite makes the site ideal for groups. The limpid waters offer excellent sport for fly fishermen, who can cast from boat or bank for sizeable brown and rainbow trout (rod licences required for the over 12s and a small charge applies for all). If course fishing is more up your street we have Argal lake which is about 10 minutes’ drive from Stithians and where guests can purchase a day pass and enjoy the great café on site. Pedal-driven recreationalists can cycle along the surfaced route to the dam.

Visitors can try out a wide range of watersports with the help of the jovial, qualified instructors at the Outdoor Active centre. Windsurfing, sailing, rowing, kayaking and walk-on-water balls are all on offer, and guests can bring their own kit or rent it on site. Back on dry land, campers can also do some climbing, or have a shot at archery.

Hungry tums can rid themselves of the rumbles at the on-site café and refreshment kiosk, or partake of the homemade specials on the menu at the Golden Lion pub, a mere 100 yards away.

For further activities, check out the local indoor swimming pool and gym, the crazy golf at Swanpool Beach, and the energetic escapades to be found on the many other golden sands nearby, from coasteering to scuba diving.

The shower and toilet facilities are shared with the watersports centre and are a very short walk from the camping area.

Open from 1 Mar to 30 Sep

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

1. General

All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult on site throughout their stay.

Our office hours are 9am to 5pm every day from 1 July to 13 September and 9am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday from 1 March to 30 June. If you arrive outside of these times please go to your pitch (this will be emailed to you prior to your arrival - please ensure you have it with you) and come to the office as soon as possible once reopened to sign in and collect your permit which must be displayed in your vehicle.

Please note that shower and toilet facilities for the campsite are shared with the watersports centre and are a very short walk from the camping area. The centre can be busy during the day so there may be groups of people using the shower and toilet facilities. After 5pm campers have access to the toilet and shower facilities by way of a keypad door. Access is available 24 hours.

Boat masts must not be erected within the campsite, due to overhead electric cables.

No open fires, no wood to be collected or burnt.

Disposable barbecues are permitted but must not be placed directly on the grass or picnic tables and must not be disposed of in the skips until properly out: this can take up to 48 hours!

Dogs must remain on leads and tethered at all times, they are not allowed in the lake.

Noise levels to be kept down after 10:00pm and we ask for complete quiet after 11:00pm in order not to disturb other campers.

Driving on site shall be at walking pace.

Any cars returning after 11:00pm should be parked in the main car park and campers should enter the site on foot.

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The immediate area outside your caravan/ten/camper van is to be kept tidy and free from obstacles at all times.

All rubbish is to be placed in the bins provided and pitches to be left litter free once vacated.

2. Activities/use of the lake

a) Swimming
No one shall swim or bathe in the lake.

b) Lessons
Watersports and other activity prices fluctuate depending on activities and experience/number of participants. With sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and standup paddleboard tuition starting from £36 per person per session (based on three or more people booking). Pre-booking is advisable so please book using the number provided in your booking confirmation email to book your activities prior to your arrival.

c) Fishing
Stithians Lake is a trout fishery and fly fishing is the only method permitted. Day tickets available from £18. Boats are also available to hire from £15. You can pay on the day for your fishing ticket at our self-service ticket kiosk.

d) Own equipment
i. Insurance: to use your own watersports equipment (windsurfing, sailing, kayak, stand-up paddle) on the lake you must have valid third party insurance for your equipment.

ii. Storage: boat/watersports equipment storage on site will incur an additional charge of £40 per boat/unit per week or at the below daily rates:
Dinghy/sailboat £11 per unit per day
Windsurf £8.50 per unit per day
Rowing boat/canoe/kayak/stand-up paddle £6.50 per unit per day
The maximum length of craft permitted on site is 18 feet long, no powered craft permitted.

iii. Launch fee: to use your own equipment on the lake will also need to purchase either:

1) A day launch fee for lake access between Outdoor Active reception opening hours (9am to 5pm every day from 1 July to 13 September and 9am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday from 1 March to 30 June). This is charged at £41 per week or at the below daily rates:
Team rowing £4 per unit
Dinghy/sailboat £11.50 per unit
Windsurf £9 per unit
Rowing boat/canoe/kayak/stand-up paddle £7 per unit

2) Temporary membership (for lake access at any time) is available at a weekly cost only and charged at the following rates:
£30 per person per week
£35 per family (up to 4 people) per week
Temporary membership allows you to go afloat when the centre is closed, guests are reminded that there is no rescue cover after hours and people must adhere to the temporary membership rules. We do not allow any powered craft to be launched and all person going afloat must wear a buoyancy aid at all times.
Please note we reserve the right to ask anyone who breaks the above conditions to leave the site with no refund of monies.

Thank you for your co-operation and please enjoy your stay with us. Should you have any queries or problems please contact a member of staff who will be more than happy to help you.