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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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Autumn/Winter 2018

Our luxury motor boats can be hired at weekends from Bowness or Ambleside piers until 15 December 2018 (weather dependent).

Rowing boat hire has now ended for 2018. It will resume from 5th April 2019 onwards.

Hire a boat from Bowness and Ambleside piers for 1 or 2 hour sessions

  • 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. 
  • Our boats can be hired for 1 or 2 hours (2 hour hire may not be available during busy times)
  • There's no need to book, just turn up to get your boat.

A luxury Cabin boat heading out to explore Windermere

Luxury Motor Boats

A range of quiet electric self-drive boats available at Bowness and Ambleside piers and are a great way for you and your family to explore Windermere in comfort.

  • Maximum 6 people (1 person must be over 18)
  • Comfy padded seating
  • Roll back roof for all weathers
  • Quiet electric engine and easy to drive
  • Accompanied children under 16 go FREE
 One HourPer Extra AdultUnder 16s
Luxury Motor Boat (1 or 2 adults)£34£6FREE


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

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

Traditional Rowing Boats

Rowing boats are available from the wooden huts to the right of Bowness promenade and from Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier. We are open in the summer every day from 9am.

  • Maximum 6 people
  • Classic Windermere design
  • No available to book - just turn up on the day.
 One HourPer Extra AdultUnder 16s
Rowing Boat (1 or 2 adults)£16£4FREE

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

Rowing Boat

Rowing Boat

Our wooden rowing boats can make a great romantic trip out on Lake Windermere. Enjoy a slower pace and take in the stunning views.