Out on the lake

Woman landing in Windermere at Fell Foot

With state-of-the-art changing rooms and impressive views up to the Fairfield Horseshoe, Fell Foot is the perfect place to try out a new activity on England's largest lake. To help get you started, we've put together a handy list of everything you can do out on the water.

Hire a rowboat, kayak or paddleboard, or bring your own

Canoe, kayak, inflatable dinghy and paddleboard owners can launch at the south end of the park for free, so long as you can carry the equipment down on foot from the car park. If you’d rather save yourself the hassle and launch safely from one of our slipways then passes are £4 and include entry to our new changing rooms in Fell Foot’s Active Base. You can pick one up from the visitor welcome team in the car park. For those with larger boats on a trailer, the cost is £14. If you park up in the car park at the Active Base it’s just a short walk down to the shore – head through the boat storage to access the lake.

Wild swimming

If you’re one of the brave ones you’re welcome to park up and wild swim from our shoreline. The easiest place to get in the water is one of our many slipways across the park. Once you’re ready to return to dry land, there’ll be a hot shower and a toasty changing room waiting for you in the Active Base, complete with underfloor heating. Day passes are just £2 and can be bought from the visitor welcome team in the car park.

We’re now offering wetsuit hire. Pull on a wetsuit to make use of the lake whatever the time of year.

Join a class or club

*Please note these are run by affiliated groups and not by the National Trust*

Open water swimming classes

For those looking to dip their toe in the world of outdoor swimming, SleekerSwim offers open water courses at Fell Foot. These are for both beginners and intermediate swimmers, and provide a great opportunity to boost your confidence under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor.

If you’re already a confident open water swimmer, SleekerSwim runs events throughout the summer in which to get involved.

A full list of events is available on their website (external link) and wetsuits are also available to hire.

Take a dip in England's largest lake
Open water swimming at Fell Foot
Take a dip in England's largest lake

Rowing and canoe clubs

Fell Foot is home to two local boating clubs.

Windermere Rowing Club

If you fancy getting out onto the biggest lake in England, grow your social network and get fit while you’re at it, then rowing might be for you. Windermere Rowing Club was founded by a small group of enthusiasts in 2015 and welcomes members of all ages and abilities from complete beginners to seasoned rowers. It now has over 100 members and a growing fleet of boats.

If you’re new to the sport, the club offers Learn to Row courses which take you through the basics and prepare you for your first regatta over a six week course. You’ll have the opportunity to compete in events across the North of England if you choose, ‘The Tour of Windermere’ (a full 21-mile circuit of the lake), or if you’d rather take it easy and just have a paddle with friends, rowing takes place most days throughout the year. Contact the club for more information windermererowingclub@gmail.com or visit their website (external link).

Rowing at Fell Foot

Ulverston Canoe Club (UCC)

Ulverston Canoe Club is a small, friendly club which welcomes both individuals and families with any level of experience who have an interest in kayaking or canoeing. They provide various levels of coaching to ensure you’ll feel confident in the water. For further information please visit the club's website or email them directly at ulverstoncc@gmail.com.

Woman canoeing on Windemere

Boat storage

We are currently full for all boat storage so please contact us directly before filling out an application form to avoid disappointment.

If you’d like to moor in the lake itself, you’ll need to enquire with the Lake District National Park warden for Windermere. Winter storage is dealt with on a first come, first served basis. Please contact fellfootactive@nationaltrust.org.uk for more details.