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Rowing Boat hire

Go for a row on Windermere 

People have been enjoying the Lake District by rowing boat since the 19th Century. Our rowing boats are designed and maintained to replicate the traditional boats you'll see on old postcards, making them both sturdy for everyone to enjoy, and beautiful for those memorable photo moments.

Located between Bowness and Ambleside, Brockhole on Windermere is the best place to hire rowing boats in the Lake District. Avoid the crowds of Bowness, instead, relax and admire the breathtaking Lakeland scenery that surrounds the northern basin of Windermere.

What you will need 

  • Boat and oars*
  • Buoyancy aid*
  • A brief instruction before hire*
  • Clothing and footwear you don't mind getting wet, we advise not to wear denim as we don’t want you getting cold!
  • Hot weather - suncream and a bottle of water
  • Cold weather - warm clothing, a change of clothes and extra snacks
  • We suggest bringing a mobile phone in case of emergencies
  • A waterproof jacket and trousers would also be recommended 

*We provide these for you

Our rowing boats are perfect to get everyone out on Windermere. Our friendly lakeshore team will help you have that memorable moment on the water. We will teach you the basics of rowing and balance.

Please book in advance to guarantee availability.

Rowing boat hire prices

Small (up to 4 ppl) for 1 hour: £30

Large (up to 6 ppl) for 1 hour: £40

Hire rowing boats, suitable for up to six people.

Top tip

Remember, if you're the person rowing, sit with your back to the front of the boat (the pointy end) and you'll find it much easier. 

Weather limitations

With the Lake District National Park being our home we have our fair share of bad weather. Throughout the year the wind picks up to an unpleasant level and we have to cancel hire for the day. Please check the weather forecast or ring us before setting off to Brockhole on Windermere to avoid disappointment.

Please note we cannot guarantee a parking space in our car park, so please leave plenty of time to park elsewhere (details here) but we try to give priority to those pre-booked onto an activity.