A wonderful environment to enjoy Water Sports
Lake District is all about water, and has the largest concentration
of natural Lakes in the country. Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater,
Bassenthwaite Lake and Coniston Water are all non tidal stretches
of water upon which you can sail, canoe, or enjoy wind surfing.
Despite the 10 mph speed limit imposed on Windermere in 2005,
you can also Water-ski, albeit at 10 mph. But the really good
news is that even if you have never been in a boat before you
can join in, as there are lots of sailing clubs and outdoor pursuit
centres that offer courses for novices, and refresher courses
for those who are just out of practice.
to the Lake District do not bring their own water sports equipment
with them. The decision to take to the water is very often made
on impulse, indeed, they may never have been in a boat before.
Water sports centres are ideal for such people, as well as those
with more experience. They offer a range of activities, and provide
not only equipment but, if necessary, tuition. You can learn to
sail or paddle your own canoe, or even wind surf. There are watersports
centres on Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston and Derwent Water,
so regardless of where you are based there should be a watersports
centre close by. The following is just a selection of the centres
Fancy taking to the water of England;s largest lake in a canoe? Or maybe hiring a rowing boat for a family afternoon. See the Brockhole website here for more details
Hire motor boats, rowing boats, canoes,
sailing boats and paddle boards. See the Coniston
Boating Centre web site here ...
A small, friendly family run watersports
business on the shores of Derwentwater, offering canoeing, kayaking,
sailing, dragon boating, and for those with a hint of Scandinavian
blood coursing through their veins, a Viking Longship. Check
out the Platty + web site here ...
Learn to sail on Ullswater. Glenridding
Sailing centre offers tuition in sailing as well as hiring traditional
boats, canoes and kayaks. See the Glenridding
Sailing Centre web site here ....
For those with more experience and who want
facilities that they can use regularly, there are a number of
sailing clubs in the Lake District. Membership usually depends
on experience, and for those who qualify the benefits are not
simply confined to gaining quick and easy access to the water.
Clubs have excellent facilities and a thriving social calendar
including race days.
A members club with a busy racing and
social programme and facilities at Bowness. Find
out more here ...
The oldest sailing club on Windermere,
the Royal Windermere was granted it's Royal warrant by Queen
Victoria in 1897. and since then has been at the forefront of
sailing on Windermere, offering tuition, a full race programme
and a prestigious social calendar. Find
out more about the RWYC here ....
A privately run club the membership of
which is open to everyone and not restricted by numbers. There
are no power craft on Bassenthwaite Lake, making it ideal for
lovers of sail. Find
out more here .....
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