Windermere Canoe Kayak Annual Summer Solstice Race 2018, 23rd-24th June.

The Windermere Summer Solstice Lake Race is an exciting event held on England’s longest lake, at the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. The race involves paddlers of all abilities completing either the half or full length of Windermere and open to an array of boats from surf skis to canoes to stand-up paddleboards.

Over the years we have seen everything from whitewater rafts and dragon boats, through to sit-on- top kayaks and wooden canoes. The aim of the game is to get all paddlers involved, enjoying England’s longest lake on the longest day of the year (or as near to as possible) – some are there just for the challenge of the journey and others to take the race record!

These are options for paddlers to choose from:

1 - LONG COURSE (10.5 Miles) – (Experienced only) Taking place on SATURDAY 23RD JUNE from Waterhead, Ambleside one way to Fell Foot Park. This event is also part of the GB SUP Race series and results from the long course on Saturday will count towards GB SUP Series points. SUP Race Classes (14'0", 12'6", N1SCO & Unlimited) - £25 Entry Includes Podium Prizes for Overall and Age Categories.

Long Course Summary


08:00 Board/Boat Drop Waterhead Ambleside (Startline) - Postcode: LA22 0EX- WCK Staff will direct you to where you can leave your board/boat.There is a large car park adjacent to the top of the lake, WCK Staff will direct you to where you can leave your board/boat. The car park has ANPR cameras  - I believe you can get away with Max 10 mins before charging so be ready to move quick and unload!!! 

08.30 - 9.30  Registration available at Fellfoot

09:30 Bus leaves from Fell Foot Park car park (Post Code: LA12 8NN)

10.00 - All registration closes

10:15 Safety Briefing at Waterhead 

10.30-10.45 Launch boats

11:00 Distance Race start 

Prize giving: As soon as possible after the last paddler crosses the line (expect at least 30 minutes)

2 - SHORT COURSE (5.5 Miles)- Based from Fell Foot, this will be a loop course i.e. start and finish same location and will take place on the SUNDAY 24TH JUNE (Any Board/Boat Class fun challenge) - £22 Entry does NOT include Podium Prizes (You have 4 hours to complete the challenge). This is a great way to join the event and complete some of the distance without the pressure of racing.

SUP Sprint 

12:00 at fell foot park 

This will be the third GBSUP sprint, we will do medals across three board classes 12’6, N1SCO and 14’0.
This is open to all paddle boarders who are up for a more intense fast pace race. 

Short Course Summary 


Fell Foot Park (Post Code: LA12 8NN)

09:00 Registration

10:00 Challenge

12:00 SUP Sprints and SUP Games

There will be a coach provided to offer a shuttle from Fell Foot (finish) to Waterhead(start) on Saturday 23rd for the long course participants to get everyone to the race start on time. Shuttle will be leaving fell foot at 9:30 am.  This allows you to leave your boat at the start and drop your vehicle at the end. The coach will return you to the start for race briefing. 

We are also running a demo weekend at Fell Foot park where suppliers and brands will be there to help advise the ‘right’ boat or board for you. Entry is free and participants are able to demo a wide variety of Kayaks, Paddleboards and Canoes.



Starting off from Waterhead, Ambleside Postcode: LA22 0EX ( We will be based at the main beach next to the ferry pier

THE COURSE  - west side

From Ambleside head south towards the West shore of Windermere, please be aware of ferries coming in and out of Ambleside and give way to other craft. 

By following the west shore you cut through the inside of the dog leg shape of Windermere behind Belle Isle, again please be aware of ferries and other craft  whilst around the islands. 

This roughly marks the half way point of the race as you pass the Car Ferry. Please be aware of the car ferry as it runs on two ch
ains under the water. Make sure the ferry is clear past you before attempting to cross. On approach predict the position of the ferry and which way its travelling to avoid stopping and waiting for it.

From the Car Ferry head straight south towards Stores Temple, A wall on the east side heading into the lake with a small building on the end. From this point head south towards the east shore cutting the final small bend in the Lake. Finally you will start to see the yachts and Ferry port (beware of ferries) at the south end of the lake for the home straight

As Windermere narrows Fell foot National Trust site and the finish line become visible. There will be finishing markers (buoys) and paddlers are asked to keep on their left, making it easier for scorers to spot race numbers. Please vacate the finish line quickly to leave room for other competitors. There is a slipway on the left  to exit the water, please move your vessel and paddle away quickly to give enough room for the other paddlers getting out of the water.

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Rules And Risk Management for the 2018 Solstice 



Race entry is now available to purchase here