Canoeing & Kayaking on lake Windermere

Canoeing and kayaking are two of the most thrilling things to do in the Lake District. With the beautiful Lake Windermere right on our doorstep, it’s a unique way to enjoy the outdoors whilst experiencing an exciting sport.

Canoes and kayaks are versatile and agile craft, with a real go-anywhere ability. We have a range of modern craft at the centre, with closed-cockpit and sit-on-top kayaks, and open canoes.

Canoe & Kayak Tuition

Whether you’re a total beginner or looking to improve your skills, canoeing or kayaking in Windermere is a new way to experience the lake.

All of our canoe and kayak tuition is on a private instruction basis, so can be booked at a time to suit you and tailored to meet your requirements.

The instruction is normally carried out in our up-to-date fleet of Pyranha Master TG closed-cockpit kayaks or Venture Canoes Ranger 16 open canoes, or in your own boat if required.

If you’re new to watersports in the Lake District, this is the perfect chance to try!

Period 2 people Additional People
2 hours £90 £30pp
3 hours £130 £30pp

Prices based on 2 people taking part and includes wetsuits, wet shoes and buoyancy aids – all you need is a swimming costume and a towel!

The minimum age for tuition is 8 years old.

Kayak Chaos

A 50 minute fun filled group session for all the family, minimum 3 people, £25 per person, including all equipment. Selected times between May and September.

Sit-on-Top Kayak Hire

Sit-on-top kayaks are easy to paddle and incredibly stable; and if you do manage to capsize it, you just fall off – so no worries about getting trapped in the boat.

Price includes buoyancy aids. Wetsuits can be hired for £4 and wet shoes for £1 for the duration of the session.

There is no minimum age to hire the boat, however there must be someone at least 18 years old on the water to supervise.

Hire Period Single Boat Double Boat
hourly £15 £20
2 hours £20 £25
4 hours £30 £40

Open Canoe Hire

Traditional canoeing in Windermere is a relaxing experience that you can enjoy in a pair or a trio. Though you will need a it of teamwork and co-ordination!

Hire Period Up to 2 people Up to 3 people
hourly £20 £25
2 hours £30 £35
4 hours £40 £45

There is no minimum age to hire the boat, however there must be someone at least 18 years old on the water to supervise.

Opening Times

1st April – 31st October open seven days a week.
(Outside these dates please contact us to check availability)

All sessions are subject to availability & weather conditions.


Hotel residents can enjoy a discount of 10% at Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre. 

Parking & Facilities

Our facilities include parking, changing rooms and showers, equipment hire and a shop selling refreshments and watersports equipment.

Webcam & Weather Station

Visit our weather station page to find out the current weather conditions in and around the lake. The webcam page provides users  with a selection of pre-selected views from which to choose from, allowing users limited control over the camera.

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