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A wonderful environment to enjoy Water Sports

The Lake District is all about water, and has the largest concentration of natural Lakes in the country. Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake and Coniston Water are all non tidal stretches of water upon which you can sail, canoe, or enjoy wind surfing. Despite the 10 mph speed limit imposed on Windermere in 2005, you can also Water-ski, albeit at 10 mph. But the really good news is that even if you have never been in a boat before you can join in, as there are lots of sailing clubs and outdoor pursuit centres that offer courses for novices, and refresher courses for those who are just out of practice.



Watersports Centres

Most visitors to the Lake District do not bring their own water sports equipment with them. The decision to take to the water is very often made on impulse, indeed, they may never have been in a boat before. Water sports centres are ideal for such people, as well as those with more experience. They offer a range of activities, and provide not only equipment but, if necessary, tuition. You can learn to sail or paddle your own canoe, or even wind surf. There are watersports centres on Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston and Derwent Water, so regardless of where you are based there should be a watersports centre close by. The following is just a selection of the centres available.

Canoe and rowing boat hire, Brockhole

Fancy taking to the water of England;s largest lake in a canoe? Or maybe hiring a rowing boat for a family afternoon. See the Brockhole website here for more details

Coniston Boating Centre

Hire motor boats, rowing boats, canoes, sailing boats and paddle boards. See the Coniston Boating Centre web site here ...

Platty +

A small, friendly family run watersports business on the shores of Derwentwater, offering canoeing, kayaking, sailing, dragon boating, and for those with a hint of Scandinavian blood coursing through their veins, a Viking Longship. Check out the Platty + web site here ...

Glenridding Sailing Centre

Learn to sail on Ullswater. Glenridding Sailing centre offers tuition in sailing as well as hiring traditional boats, canoes and kayaks. See the Glenridding Sailing Centre web site here ....

Sailing Clubs

For those with more experience and who want facilities that they can use regularly, there are a number of sailing clubs in the Lake District. Membership usually depends on experience, and for those who qualify the benefits are not simply confined to gaining quick and easy access to the water. Clubs have excellent facilities and a thriving social calendar including race days.

Lake District Boat Club

A members club with a busy racing and social programme and facilities at Bowness. Find out more here ...

Royal Windermere Yacht Club

The oldest sailing club on Windermere, the Royal Windermere was granted it's Royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1897. and since then has been at the forefront of sailing on Windermere, offering tuition, a full race programme and a prestigious social calendar. Find out more about the RWYC here ....

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club

A privately run club the membership of which is open to everyone and not restricted by numbers. There are no power craft on Bassenthwaite Lake, making it ideal for lovers of sail. Find out more here .....


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