Canoe and Kayak Hire

Welcome to Windermere Canoe and Kayak's hire bookings and information. Please take a minute to read the information below to ensure you make the most of your time out on the lake.

When making a reservation we need to know your name, contact telephone number and a preferred time you would like to hire. We reserve boats up to 1 hour after your reservation time, unfortunately after this time we will need to cancel your reservation (unless you contact us to inform of late arrival etc.)

The summer holidays is our busiest time so it is advisable to reserve boats in advance.

Proof of ID is required.


Canoe and Kayak Hire Prices

3 Hours Full Day
Single Sit-on-top Kayak £22 £33
Tandem Sit-on-top Kayak £25 £40
Canoe £30 £45
Premium Boats (Experienced Users)  £35 £45

Unsure what boat to hire? Take a look at different types of canoes and kayaks.



What Is Included in the Hire:

  • Boat, paddle and buoyancy aid
  • A dry bag, if requested
  • A brief instruction before hire
  • Wetsuits can be hired for an extra £3

Recommendations of What to Bring:

  • Clothing and footwear which can get wet (no jeans or denim allowed - you'll just get cold!)
  • Hot weather - suncream and a bottle of water
  • Cold weather - warm clothing, a change of clothes and extra snacks
  • It is advisable to bring a mobile phone with you in case of emergencies
  • If you own a waterproof jacket and trousers then bring those too

Weather Limitations

Obviously, being surrounded by mountains and being situated in the UK we have our fair share of bad weather. Every now and again the wind picks up to an unpleasant level and we have to cancel hire for the day. Please ring before journeying to us to our base to avoid disappointment. We are happy allow experienced paddlers out in most conditions – just speak to our staff.


Where to Go

  • Full details of all locations will be given to you before leaving the boathouse and getting on the water.
  • A stones throw from the popular tourist haven of Bowness-on-Windermere; Windermere Canoe Kayak is perfectly situated with direct access to the lake.
  • The full and half day rates make the most of our location, allowing full exploration of the beautiful islands surrounding Belle Isle.
  • Essentially you have the freedom of the whole lake – time permitting!

Recommended Routes on Windermere

Circumnavigation of Belle Isle is recommended to most customers. This route takes in all the islands and fell views – Bowness will be seen in a new light as a quiet settlement nestling on the lake shore.


Pedal and Paddle

Why not try our pedal (bike hire) and paddle offers? Spend half the day on the hills and trails and half on the lake!


Option 1 1 Bike + 1 Single Sit-On-Top Kayak £32
Option 2 2 Bikes + 1 Tandem Sit-On-Top Kayak £50 (£25 Each)
Option 3 2 Bikes + 1 Canoe £50 (£25 Each)
Option 4 1 Bike + Premium Boat* £50

*For experienced users