With over sixteen lakes and numerous tarns in the Lake District plus a stretch of coastline 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 without any effort! All links open in a new window:
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)
We've cosy holiday cottages, quirky boutique hotels, friendly bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels!
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Visit Golakes (opens in new window), the official website of the tourist board for The Lake District and Cumbria.