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Management of Thompson Holme

Thompson Holme is owned by the Lake District National Park, however Windermere Canoe Kayak company, based on the shores of Windermere have become, with the agreement of Steve Tatlock, National Park Countryside Ranger for the Parish of Windermere, the custodians of the islands.

Since we started over 5 years ago, we have recommended one route to our customers; Taking in the sites of Belle Isle, The Lillies and Thompson Holme. We are ideally situated to offer our customers continual interest throughout the time on the water.

Naturally Thompson Holme is an ideal place to stop, rest and picnic as it serves as a half way point, in unique secluded surroundings.

As the majority of Kayakers have stopped here we felt that as part of our environmental considerations we would brief all customers of the potentially fragile ecology, and what their responsibilities are, such as being mindful of wildlife and encourage litter picking. Litter can be returned to us and it will be recycled where possible.

It should be noted that Windermere Canoe Kayak have been instrumental in the planting of a number of trees on the island as part of the regeneration programme undertaken by the National Park. Back in 2007, two notable ‘plantees’ were Tony Kirkham, head of RGB Kew’s arboretum and Jon Hammerton.