Visiting Fell Foot: What you need to know

Family picnic at Fell Foot

The car park, café, ice cream parlour, parkland and meadow are open. Boat hire starts on 21 June. On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book but at busier times like weekends and school holidays booking is recommended to guarantee entry. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what to expect from your visit.

Parking and arrival

If you have pre-booked, there'll be a member of our welcome team ready to take your booking confirmation details in the car park, so please have those handy when you arrive. Your ticket includes parking and gives you full access to the parkland, lakeshore, cafe and meadow. Once you're here you're welcome to stay for as long as you like.

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.


The toilet block in the main car park is now open for visitors and includes a disabled toilet. We're working hard to open more toilets as soon as we can do so, safely.

Things to do

Our cafe and ice cream parlour are now open, and picnics are welcome. Our coffee van, Minty, offers hot drinks and snacks to takeaway. Bin provision is limited at the moment so please help us spend less on waste removal by taking your litter home with you. Please note, we do not allow BBQs or gas stoves. More info on our Food and Beverage offer can be found below.


Row boat, paddleboard and kayak hire

Boat hire is back at Fell Foot for the summer (commencing Monday 21 June). This is co-ordinated by outdoor provider Stoked Watersports and can be pre-booked on their website here [external link]. With a valid booking visitors get 50% off their entry fee to Fell Foot, which will be chargable on arrival at the park (National Trust members get free entry).

Lake access

Day boat launches for non-Active Base members are available by pre-arrangement only. Please contact or call 015395 31273. Payment can be made either over the phone or on site. Please note, we can only accept card payments.

If you have your own canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard you can launch from the south of the park as normal. 

Both our tender storage and canoe/kayak storage are fully booked up for 2021.

Active Base Members and Affiliated members

The Active Base is partially closed. The changing rooms, showers and Clubroom are fully closed, but the toilets are now open for Active Base members with a valid wristband. Please contact us if your membership needs renewing at Out of hours access must be first agreed with the National Trust via the email above. At present we’re not taking on new Active Base memberships but once lockdown begins to ease, we hope to increase our offer in line with government guidelines. Keep an eye on our website for further updates.

If you are a member of an affiliated club (i.e. SWSC or WRC) then please contact your club secretary directly for access to the Active Base.

If you're a private boat owner but not part of an affiliated club, then please contact to arrange access.

For information regarding activities with an outdoor user group at Fell Foot, please contact your outdoor group leader for detailed information. We're liaising directly with group leaders to ensure the safety of all users.

If you are a group leader who usually visits Fell Foot, then please contact us directly to arrange access to Fell Foot's car parks, Active Base, lakeshore and parkland. You can email


There are two designated disabled spaces in the Kitchen Garden car park, three in the Meadow car park and a further two at the Active Base car park. An accessible toilet is open in the main car park and we also have a Changing Place facility.

A mobility trike is available to hire free of charge, please speak to a member of the team on arrival to use it.

Essential Companion card 

The Essential Companion card makes it simple to bring one or two carers or companions with you, free of charge. Just show the card when you arrive, and your carer(s) or companion(s) won’t need to pay an entry fee. If you don’t have an Essential Companion card, you can still bring carers or companions free – the card just makes it quicker and simpler for you.

How to book

  • Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay.
  • If you'd like to pre-book to secure your place, tickets are released here every Friday for the following week. Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
  • You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only.
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale.
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot.

Changing your booking

If your plans change and you can’t make your timeslot, you can easily change or cancel your booking. We really appreciate you doing this as soon as possible so the tickets can be made available for other visitors. 

If you’re a member, the option to cancel or change your booking can be found in your confirmation email by selecting ‘view and manage your order online' underneath your order summary. 

For non-members, please ring us on 0344 249 1895 to discuss changing your booking.