Small Lakes Byelaws

1. These Byelaws may be cited as the Lake District (Smaller Lakes) Byelaws 1971.

2. The Byelaws shall be applicable to the lakes specified in the Schedule hereto.

3. In these Byelaws the following words and expressions have the meanings hereby assigned to them respectively.

  • (a) The word 'lake 'or 'lakes' means the lakes specified in the Schedule hereto and all waters other than rivers connected therewith, navigable by vessels ;
  • (b) The word 'vessel ' includes every description of water craft, used or capable of being used as a means ff transportation on water and includes a flying boat and any other aircraft designed to manoeuvre on water;
  • (c) The term 'power driven vessel' means any vessel propelled by an internal combustion engine;
  • (d) Every power driven vessel which is under sail and not under power is to be considered a sailing vessel, and every vessel under power, whether under sail or not, is to be considered a power driven vessel; Except as herein before otherwise provided words and expressions to which a special meaning is assigned by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949, and the Countryside Act, 1968, have respectively the same meaning in these Byelaws as they have in the said Acts.

4. Save as hereinafter provided no person shall use any power driven vessel on a lake specified in the Schedule hereto.

5. The use of a power driven vessel  in circumstances necessary to the proper execution of his duty by the following persons, that is to say:

  • (a) A police officer
  • (b) An officer of a river authority
  • (c) Any person or servant or any person employed by or acting with the authority of the Lake District Planning Board, or
  • (d) Any person taking part in rescue operations or in securing the safety of persons engaged in lawful activities on the lake, shall not be deemed an offence agains these Byelaws

6. Nothing contained in these Byelaws shall be deemed to extinguish any public right of way over a lake specified in the Schedule hereto.

7. Nothing contained in these Byelaws shall prevent the use of a vessel with the consent of the Lake District Planning Board and in accordance with conditions prescribed by the said Board owned by a person who is the owner of a lake or part of a lake on the lake or
the part of a lake OR which he is the owner.

8. Every person who shall offend agains the foregoing Byelaws shallbe liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding £20.

The Schedule

The lakes known or commonly known by the names of:

  • Bassenthwaite Lake
  • Beacon Tarn
  • Blea Tarn (Langdale)
  • Blelham Tarn
  • Brotherswater
  • Buttermere
  • Crummock Water
  • Devokewater Tarn
  • Elterwater
  • Esthwaite Lake
  • Grasmere
  • High Dam Tarn
  • Little Langdale Tarn
  • Loughrigg Tarn
  • Loweswater
  • Overwater
  • Rydal Water
  • Tarn Hows
  • Wastwater
  • Yew Tree Tarn

Given under the Common Seal of the Lake District Boardthis twenty-sixth day of July, 1973.


was here unto affixed in the presence of:
(Signed) R.S. CROSSFIELD, Member of the Board.
(Signed) K.S. HIMSWORTH, Clerk of the Board.

The Secretary of State this day confirmed the foregoing Byelaws and fixed the date on which they are to come into operation as the date hereof.

(Signed) K.P. WITNEY,

An Assistant Under Secretary of State.
Home Office, Whitehall, 27 March. 1974.

I hereby certify that this is a true copy of the Byelaws as confirmed by the Secretary of State on the 27th March, 1974.

(Signed) K. S. HIMSWORTH, Clerk of the Board

Bye Laws made under section 13 of the Countryside Act, 1968

by the Lake District Planning Board with respect to the prohibition of power driven vessels on certain lakes in the Lake District National Park.