Family canoeing on Windermere copyright Windermere Canoe and Kayak

On the water around Windermere

Windermere Lake Guide

Our Windermere lake guide shows you where to park, where to catch ferries and  hire boats, footpaths and cycle routes to explore and lake shore towns with facilities like toilets and cafes.

Windermere Lake Guide

Hire a boat on Windermere

Motor boat hire on Windermere

Rowing boat hire on Windermere

Canoeing, Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Boat Cruises on Windermere

Take to the water to truly experience Windermere. The many different options and tickets allow you to hop off, walk back or just sit back and watch the mountains, woodlands and islands unfold before you.

To plan your own voyage of discovery, take a look at Windermere Lake Cruises.

Fishing

Windermere has arctic charr, brown trout, pike, perch, roach and eels, salmon and sea trout. Find out more on our Fishing page.

Sailing

Follow in the footsteps, or rather wake, of Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons" and take up dinghy sailing! These places offer courses:

For keeled yachts:

Sailing Clubs

Waterskiing and Powerboating

Ferry

A car ferry links Ferry Nab on the eastern shore of Windermere with Ferry House, Far Sawrey on the west. For details see Travel around Windermere.

Staying safe on the water

Before heading out onto the water, take a look at our short water safety videos.

SwimSafe

Top tips on where to swim in the Lake District, how to keep safe and how to deal with cold water when wild swimming.

BoatSafe code

How to keep you and other lake users safe when boating

Boat launching and storage

Ferry Nab is the main public launching area with a public car park, toilet and shower facilities, public jetties, sailing dinghy storage and tender storage. It's the only public slipway available for power boats and large boats.

Small motor boats (five horsepower or less) may launch from Waterhead. Sailing dinghies, canoes and rowing boats may be launched from several areas on National Trust land, Rayrigg Meadow and Beech Hill.

There are several private and commercial launching points, predominately on the eastern shore. These include sailing and power boat clubs, caravan parks, commercial jetties and marinas and several outdoor pursuit and activity centres.

On the water: useful links

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