Discover the beauty of Lake Windermere at your own pace

Discover the beauty of Lake Windermere at your own pace

Self Drives & Rowing Boats

Explore Windermere at your own pace with the hire of your own row or motor boat

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Sorry, our self-drive hire has now ended for the winter season.

Our full service returns Easter 2018. The information below is for reference only.

Discover the beauty and tranquillity of Windermere at your own pace with one of our powered or rowing boats.

No boating experience is necessary as we provide full safety instructions, a sailing guide to the lake and life jackets for everyone on board. If you get into trouble at any time, our safety boat will come to your rescue. Choose a boat to suit your day from a romantic traditional row boat or a historic powered wooden boat. Our modern cabin boats have a handy sliding cover to shelter you from the elements and are extremely easy to drive. All of our boats carry up to 6 people and can be hired from 1 hour up to half a day (4 hours). Our popular hire times are below

Self-drive motor boats at the pier

Luxury Motor Boats

A new range of quiet electric self-drive boats are now available at Bowness Pier.

  • Accompanied children under 16 years old go free.
  • Boats can be hired for mutiple hours or for half days - perfect for exploring the water with a picnic! For more prices, see our fact sheet.
 One HourPer Extra AdultUnder 16s
Luxury Boat£33£6FREE
Luxury Cabin Boat

Luxury Cabin Boat

With a quiet , electric motor these easy-to-drive boats are a great way to explore the north of Windermere. View the interior in our 360° VR Tour