There is a 10 nautical miles per hour speed limit on Windermere, dropping to 6 miles per hour in some areas.
It is the responsibility of every lake user to read and understand the Windermere Lake Byelaws (PDF)
Copies are also available at Information Centres, the Lake Wardens Office at Ferry Nab and also on display at all public and some private launching sites.
Here are some frequently asked questions answered by the lake patrol team:
Yes. The equipment is the type approved by the Home Office and currently used by the police to record speeding on roads and can be used from land and boats.
Just as in a car, the driver at the time of the offence is responsible and would be liable for prosecution.
A faulty or inaccurate speedometer is no defence in court. It is the user’s responsibility to know and adhere to speed limits. Any allowances above the speed limit are entirely at the discretion of the enforcing authority.
You are not obliged to give your name and details to anyone other than a police officer or to a third party if directed to do so by a police officer. This includes rangers and wardens. If an individual refuses to give details to a ranger or warden, a police officer will be called to take the person’s details. The police officer may require the person concerned to attend a place away from the water to give their details.
For reporting byelaw issues or asking advice:
Tel: 0844 225 2922
If they are busy, please leave your message and a contact number and they will call you back.
We can help you with booking accommodation, tickets or attractions. See us on the south side of Bowness Bay, home to Bowness Information Centre.