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Our lakeshore boathouse gives you direct access to some of the most idyllic areas of Windermere with it's islands and wildlife. And if you prefer to travel by bike, a short hop across the Hawkshead ferry leads you to the Lake District's network of scenic off road cycle routes.


Windermere Canoe Kayak Boathouse
Ferry Nab

LA23 3JH
United Kingdom

Telephone: 015394 44451

Opening Hours

Open 7 days a week from April to November

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

By bike, kayak or paddleboard, you won't find a better location to explore Windermere

Exploring the lake from our boathouse is easy.

You will have direct access to some of the quietest, calmest areas of Windermere. This lakeshore location is perfect for a 2-3 hour trip around the islands by kayak, canoe or paddle board. There are a number of islands to explore, including Thompson Holme which you can land on providing an idyllic picnic spot.

Our expert staff at the boathouse will give you all the guidance you need to get going. They will give you all the equipment you need to make your trip as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.

Exploring by bike

With direct access to the Lake District's most scenic cycle routes exploring by bike is easy too. Just a short ferry ride takes you to the Lake District's largest network of quiet, easy grade, purpose built, cycle trails which will lead you via the western shore of Windermere to Low Wray Castle, Hill Top (home of Beatrix Potter), Hawkeshead and beyond.

Our Boathouse sits in a sheltered spot close to the Hawkeshead car ferry at Ferry Nab.

  • Parking close by at Ferry Nab pay & display car park
  • Public toilets in car park
  • Changing facilities at our Boathouse
  • Cafe / kiosk nearby
  • National Trust Claife Viewing Station (on foot or by bike)
  • National Trust Wray Castle (by bike)
  • National Trust HillTop (by bike)
  • Bowness-On-Windermere Village - shops, cafes & cruise boats 10 minutes walk

Activities from Bowness-on-Windermere