Sailing boats on Windermere copyright Charlie Hedley

Windermere Lake User Forum

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What the Windermere Lake Forum does

We are an independent group that:

  1. Provides advice and comment to help deliver the Windermere Management Strategy.
  2. Acts as a consultative forum for communication with the Lake District National Park and South Lakeland District Council.
  3. Accurately and objectively gathers the views of Windermere lake users and provide advice on issues affecting them.
  4. Receives reports on the delivery of the Windermere Management Strategy.

Who we are

We have eleven lake user members representing:

  • Canoeists - 1 member
  • Outdoor activity centres - 1 member
  • Anglers - 1 member
  • Sailors - 2 members
  • Swimmers - 1 member
  • Powered craft - 2 members
  • Commercial users - 1 member
  • Transport providers - 1 member
  • General user - 1 member

Each member represents all lake users in their relevant group, rather than any particular club or organisation.

Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you and are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in using the lake.

You can ask us a question or let us know your views and comments using our online Windermere Lake User Forum contact form - your message will be forwarded to the relevant Forum member. 

You can also email us at

Alternatively, as the Lake District National Park provide the secretariat for the Forum, you can also email Steve Gaskell, Park Management Team Leader at, call him on 01539 792604 or write to us at:

Windermere Lake User Forum
C/O Steve Gaskell
Park Management Team Leader 
Lake District National Park
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
LA9 7RL 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Join us at our next meeting 

Our next meeting will take place on Monday 25 September 2017 at 6.30pm, at the YMCA Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Lakeside, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8BD

The meeting is a meeting in public, where members of the public may observe the meeting but not participate in discussions. 

Papers - agendas, minutes and reports




United Utilities Drought Study


Windermere Lake User Forum newsletters: 

Newsletter March 2016

Useful documents

Useful links