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Discover the beauty of Lake Windermere in a traditional wooden rowing boat

Discover the beauty of Lake Windermere in a traditional wooden rowing boat

Rowing Boats

Hire a traditional rowing boat from Bowness Beach or Waterhead and explore Lake Windermere at your own pace.

  • No boating experience is necessary as we provide full safety instructions, a sailing guide to the lake and buoyancy aids for everyone on board. If you get into trouble at any time, our safety boat will come to your rescue.
  • Our boats can be hired for 1 or 2 hour sessions
  • Please book online - we can't take bookings over the phone.
  • Dogs are welcome on board

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📄 Download full price list for 1-4 passengers (PDF)

Traditional Rowing Boats

Rowing boats are available from Bowness Beach - the wooden huts to the right of Bowness promenade or Waterhead (next to Ambleside Waterhead Pier).
They are available to hire from 2 April - 30 October 2022.

  • Maximum 4 people (1 person must be over 18).
  • Classic Windermere design
  • Accompanied children under 16 go FREE.
One HourPer Extra AdultUnder 16s
Rowing Boat (1 or 2 adults)£24£6FREE

📄 For more hire options and prices, please see our fact sheet.

Traditional Rowing Boats

Traditional Rowing Boats

Our wooden rowing boats can make a great romantic trip out on Lake Windermere.

Enjoy a slower pace and take in the stunning views.

📷 View our gallery of self-drive boats

Please be aware that you will need to arrive 15 minutes before your booked slot for safety training and lifejacket fitting.

  • To ensure compliance with Government legislation please only complete your reservation if your party consists of no more than one household or support bubble, and you are adhering to the guidance for the local restriction tier in which you reside.
  • Bookings are limited to a maximum group size of six, a valid ticket must be purchased for every person traveling, including children of any age.
  • Child prices are valid for children aged 15 years and under.

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Select a location and a date to view prices and sailing times.

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How to find us in Bowness or Waterhead

Bowness Beach - right next to Bowness cruises pier, LA23 3HQ

Only our Bowness Beach hire point rents out rowing boats - please do not come to Bowness Dock.

The beach hire-point is a few minutes' walking distance from the main Bowness Pier (where the main cruises & big boats go from) and right behind The Old England Hotel. (📍 Google) (📍 W3W)

WATERHEAD - right next to Ambleside (Waterhead) cruises pier

Our Waterhead hire point is 2 minutes' walk from Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier where the main cruises and boat trips go from. Its nearest postcode is LA22 0EY. (📍 Google) (📍 W3W)



ℹ Check your e-ticket after booking for clear instructions and a small map of how to find us.



Restrictions on hire
Please note 🚫 No alcohol allowed on board 🚫 6 persons maximum (including babies) 🚫 No smoking
⚠ Please arrive within plenty of time for your booking. Boats are non-refundable or transferable.

Come to Bowness Beach to collect your rowing boat

Come to Bowness Beach to collect your rowing boat

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