Windermere Activities

Windermere Activities

A huge range of Windermere activities, on and around the lake. See the complete list of boat and bike hire in the Windermere area. There’s also a fascinating selection of walks in the area with maps, essential details, photos and commentary.
Scroll down to see other outdoor activities around Windermere. Or jump to visitor centres with Windermere activities, watersports on Windermere, sailing clubs, marinas, and water and land based outdoor activity providers operating around Windermere, Ambleside, Coniston and Langdale.
For less adrenaline see the Places to Visit around Windermere page.

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Visitor Centres for Windermere activities

Brockhole Visitor Centre

The Lake District National Park Authority Visitor Centre, set in 30 acres on the shores of Windermere lake is host to a wide range of outdoor activities for all ages
image of children taking part in Windermere activities at Brockhole in the Lake District

  • Treetop Trek & Treetop Nets
  • Kayak tours. Raft building
  • Laser clay shooting. Archery
  • Brave the Cave. Mini golf
  • Pony rides. Boat hire. Bike hire
  • Children’s adventure playground
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    Grizedale Visitor Centre

    The Forestry Commission Visitor Centre is found deep in the forest between Coniston Water and Windermere lake. It’s well worth the 25 minute drive from Ambleside for the excellent facilities on offer.
    image of children taking part in Windermere activities at Grizedale Forest in the Lake District

  • MTB trails. Bike hire
  • Go Ape: Forest Segway. Zip trekking
  • Go Ape: Adult & Junior Tree Top Trek
  • Nordic Walking. Orienteering
  • Walking trails. Junior activity trail
  • Children’s adventure playground
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    Windermere Water Sports

    Windermere activities on the lake, including water sports experiences and courses, marinas and sailing clubs.

    OB Sailing

    Charter your own yacht on Windermere lake or take sailing courses with qualified RYA instructors. Modern Beneteau Oceanis cruising yachts on jetties close to Bowness-on-Windermere.
    image of a yacht on Windermere lake for sailing activities

  • Yacht charter
  • Skippered yacht charter
  • RYA sail cruising courses
  • RYA power boat courses
  • RYA family training – live-aboard
  • Corporate events
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    Low Wood Bay Watersports

    Located on the north-east shore of lake Windermere mid way between Ambleside and Windermere.
    image of Windermere lake for water sports activities at Low Wood Bay

  • Waterskiing and Wakeboarding tuition
  • Sailing tuition
  • RYA dinghy sailing courses
  • RYA power boat courses
  • Canoe & kayak tuition
  • Boat hire
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    Windermere Canoe & Kayak

    Specialists in canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) tours, tuition, hire & sales. Windermere Canoe & Kayak’s main base is at their Windermere lakeshore boathouse near Bowness.
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  • Guided island tours by canoe, kayak or SUP
  • 2 hr taster sessions for canoe, kayak or SUP
  • Canoe, kayak & SUP tuition & courses
  • Birthday party fun sessions
  • Canoe, kayak, SUP & gear sales
  • Canoe, kayak, SUP & bike hire
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    Windermere Activities Providers

    Highly experienced and qualified providers offer Windermere activities across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Make the most of your stay in the Lake District by joining them for a couple of hours, a half day or a full day of high octane fun.

    Adventure North West

    An experienced, highly professional, mobile family-run outdoor pursuits company operating in the South Lakes around Windermere. Tel: 07795 917 171
    image of a climber near Windermere in the Lake District

  • Climbing. Abseiling. Bushcraft
  • Archery. Exploration. Trails
  • Ghyll scrambling. Canyoning
  • Low level walks. Navigation
  • Problem solving. Team building
  • Canoeing. Kayaking. Raft building
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    Mountain Journeys

    Qualified UK Mountain Leaders and Rock Climbing Instructors Mark and Kate head up this highly experienced Windermere activities company based in Ambleside. Tel: 07971 622616
    image of two mountaineers in the South Lakes

  • Rock climbing. Rock scrambling. Abseiling
  • Gorge scrambling. Trail & mountain running
  • Guided mountain days. Guided walking
  • Family adventure days.
  • Introduction to Mountaineering
  • Winter skills course & Winter mountaineering
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    Mere Mountains

    AALA licensed, Mere Mountains is run by Elspeth & John who have been providing recreational outdoor activities and educational courses in the Lakes for nearly 20 years Tel: +44 15395 35030
    image of a boy jumping into a mountain stream, one of the most popular windermere activities in the Lake District

  • Climbing. Rock Scrambling. Abseiling
  • Canoeing. Kayaking. Raft building
  • Ghyll scrambling. Canyoning. Aquaseiling
  • Bushcraft. Ropes Courses. Pond Crossing
  • Archery. Zip Wire. Orienteering
  • Mountain Days. Caving. Potholing
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    Windermere Sailing Clubs

    These are predominantly members-only sailing clubs and are very welcoming to new members of any level of experience. Just bring enthusiasm and a willingness to pitch in and learn.

    • Royal Windermere Yacht Club. Bowness-on-Windermere. LA23 3DJ. 015394 43106. Website
    • The Lake District Boat Club. Bowness-on-Windermere. LA23 3HE. 015394 43595. Website
    • South Windermere Sailing Club. Fell Foot. Windermere, LA12 8NN. Website

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    Windermere Marinas

    For boat moorings, launching facilities, chandlery and boat yard services on Windermere lake.

    • Windermere Marina: Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3JQ. +44(15394) 46551. Website
    • Windermere Quays Marina: Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3HE. +44(15394) 42121. Website
    • Maiden Marine: Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3JH. +44(15394) 88050. Website
    • South Lake District Council: Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3JH. +44(15394) 42753. Website
    • Low Wood Bay Marina: Windermere, LA23 1LP. +44(15394) 39441. Website
    • The Swan Hotel: Newby Bridge, LA12 8NB. +44(15395) 31681. Website

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