Family in a rowing boat on Windermere

Access to the Lakes

A simple guide to which activities you can do on which lakes.

January 2020 update

We did have a PDF guide called 'Access to the Lakes' published on this website. Some of the information on this pdf is now out of date, so we've removed it. We'll be putting more detailed information onto this page about which activities you can do on the lakes, and the landowners to contact with queries, after we have consulted with landowners.

If you have any queries about access to a lake, please contact our Lake Ranger team:  


Motor boats and cruises:

You can go on a cruise boat and hire motor boats on Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Derwentwater.


Wild swimming is not allowed in Thirlmere, Haweswater, Ennerdale and Kentmere, but is allowed in most other lakes and tarns. Our swimming page has some great tips for swimming safely and helping reduce cross-contamination of invasive species.