Coniston Boating

Things to do for young people

"The Lake District goes down as one of England's most beautiful spots of natural beauty. With plenty to do around the lake; hill walking, biking, water sports etc... There is always plenty to do"

- Trip Advisor

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The Lake District is the largest National Park in England, and is home to Scafell Pike - it's highest mountain, Wastwater - its deepest lake and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere.

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Coniston Boating Centre Attractions

Have a great family day out at Coniston. Pre-book motor boats, canoes, bikes and more!

Things to do in Coniston

Brockhole visitor centre

Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

A fantastic place to start your Lake District adventure with family and friends.

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Top 10 things to do in the Lake District

  1. Get on the water - hire a boat
    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.
  2. Forest segways
    Explore the forest on the latest in green technology – a self-balancing electric Segway.
  3. Have a go at Archery
    Come and have a go at the ancient sport of archery, located on the stunning shoreline of Windermere, England's largest lake!
  4. Lake swimming
    Swim in England's largest lake, Windermere.
  5. Cycle with some breath taking views 
    Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in the Lake District National Park. There are a range of country lanes, permitted cycleways and bridleways to suit all experience levels, and you can be sure of fantastic views along the way! You can hire bikes across the Lake District. For bikes, electric bikes, tagalongs and bike trailers try Bike hire at Coniston Boating Centre. Or why not hire a bike at Brockhole on the shores of Windermere and take advantage of the routes available on the Windermere Lake Cruises bike boat.
  6. Paddle Boarding
    Stand up and balance on our exciting paddle boards - show off, paddle off, and possibly fall off! Single passenger only.
  7. Guided Walk
    Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and join a Guided Walk
  8. Treetop Trek and Nets at Brockhole-on-Windermere
    Swing, climb, balance and fly your way through 250 year old oak trees.
  9. Raw War Paintballing
  10. Ghyll scrambling
    Work your way up or down rocks and in and out of the water in a pristine Lake District stream. You can traverse along rock faces, hop across boulders, climb up waterfalls, slide down natural rock chutes and plunge into deep pools of water.


There's lots of boat hire to choose from! Let the electric motor boats take the strain or enjoy a peaceful row along the most scenic landscapes in the Lake District.

Try the sit on top kayaks, open Canadian canoes and have fun splashing about on paddle boards. If you can sail why not hire one of the sailing dinghies and follow in the wake of Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons"?

  • Motor boat
  • Seat up to 8 people in one of our motor boats whilst you explore the beautiful scenery Coniston Water has to offer.
  • Rowing boats
  • Coniston Water is one of the Lake District's most beautiful lakes and there's no better way to take it all in than by rowing boat!
  • Open canoes
  • Seating 2 or 3 people the open canoe is a great way to enjoy the lake with friends and family.
  • Kayaks
    Sit on top kayaks are made from lightweight plastic and are great fun for beginners! Be prepared to get a bit wet. For one or two people.
  • Paddle board
  • Fancy testing your balance out? Paddle boards are great fun - show off, paddle off, and possibly fall off!
  • Sailing dinghies
  • If you have sailing experience you can hire one of our sailing boats.

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