Conserving three historic boathouses

The boathouse café at Fell Foot

This year the park's undergone some exciting renovation work – thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we've been restoring elements of its Victorian design.

Down at the lakeshore we have a series of Grade II listed boathouses which are arguably the most significant examples of their Gothic style in the Lake District. Last spring, after some major conservation work, two of these boathouses were opened up to the public, and they'd been previously unseen by visitors. We’ve also renovated a further two which you might have already visited as the shop and café.

Lake view from outside one of the historic boathouses currently undergoing restoration
Lake view from outside one of the historic boathouses currently undergoing restoration
Lake view from outside one of the historic boathouses currently undergoing restoration

The three central boathouses now have level access to make them fully accessible to everyone and include the first Changing Places facility in the Lake District (an accessible toilet with height adjustable changing bench and hoist).

Interior view of one of the central historic boathouses mid-restoration
Interior view of one of the historic boathouses mid-restoration
Interior view of one of the central historic boathouses mid-restoration

The smallest boathouse of the three is now home to a short animated film about the 19th-century owner of the park, Colonel Ridehalgh, so make sure to stop off during your visit to watch it. 

Early tourists enjoying rowing at Fell Foot Park on Windermere
Early tourists enjoying rowing at Fell Foot Park on Windermere
Early tourists enjoying rowing at Fell Foot Park on Windermere