We have more than sixteen lakes and numerous tarns plus a stretch of coastline. So there's plenty of opportunity to go rowing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing or simply splash about on the shore.
The following lakes all have watersport centres, and places where you can hire boats, including rowing boats and electric boats:
These are a great way to get a different view with minimal effort! All links open in a new window:
Why not try out rafting or canoeing from our Visitor Centre at Brockhole on the shores of Windermere:
These help everyone get the best out of their time on the water safely:
You can also read the Byelaws for the various lakes.
The National Park includes 26 miles of coastline and estuaries. The coast, from Seascale to Millom, is quite different to the rest of the National Park.
Here you can enjoy dramatic views across open sea and into the high fells. Where the rivers of the western Lake District meet the sea there are dunes and estuaries rich with sea life and the birds which feed on it. There are lots of places where you can launch anything from a windsurfer to a small boat.
Find out more in our The Coast of the Lake District National Park leaflet (PDF)
Invasive non-native species of wildlife can hitchhike on equipment, footwear, clothing and boats. You may inadvertently spread the aliens even if you just go for a paddle! Every time you leave any water such as a river, tarn or lake:
Find out more at Biosecurity - South Cumbria Rivers Trust (opens in new window)
We've cosy holiday cottages, quirky boutique hotels, friendly bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels!
Our commission goes towards keeping the National Park special: Browse and book accommodation online here
Fancy a luxury cottage break for four with spa vouchers, a day out at Coniston Boating Centre and a delicious afternoon tea at Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre?
Enter the Lake District National Park/Heart of the Lakes competition (opens in new window). Competition closes 31 August 2014.