Windermere Canoe Kayak and Bike Hire

You can even enjoy your own course with fully qualified instructors to prepare you for exploring the water! Private guided tours are also available from Bowness. 

Perfect for people who love adventure, the Windermere Canoe Kayak and Bike Hire is one of the best things to do in Bowness-on-Windermere

Opening Hours

The Bowness-on-Windermere retail and hire store is open 7 days a week between 09:00 and 17:00. 

The Ambleside hire shack is open during Easter and summer school holidays only between 09:30 and 16:30. 

Pricing

Bowness Hire Prices

Stand up paddleboard (SUP): £20.00

Single sit on top: from £22.00

Double sit on top: from £25.00

Premium kayak: £30.00

Canoe: £35.00

Giant SUP: £95.00

Ambleside Hire Prices

Stand up paddleboard (SUP): £20.00

Single sit on top: £22.00

Double sit on top: £25.00

Canoe: £35.00 

Bike hire is also available from sister company Total Adventure Bikes in Windermere. 

Travel Information

Bowness Address:

Ferry Nab, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JH.

By car from the A592 take the B5285 towards the Hawkshead Ferry in Bowness. The retail and hire store is on the right before the ferry. 

The nearest train station is at Windermere which is 2 miles away. From here it is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus journey.

Ambleside Address:

Ambleside YHA, Ambleside, LA22 0EU.

By car you can reach the hire shack using the A591 towards Waterhead to the south of Ambleside. 

Contact Information

Phone: 015394 44451

Email: office@windermerecanoekayak.com 

Twitter: @WindermereCanoe 

Visit the website 

FAQs

Is there parking? 

The Ferry Nab pay and display car park is a short walk away from the Bowness retail and hire store. There are several pay and display car parks located close to the Ambleside hire shack. 

Are toilets available? 

Public toilets can be found at Ferry Nab car park. 

Can I take my dog? 

You can take your dog, but precaution needs to be taken. Only one dog per boat is recommended and they suggest using buoyancy aids such as doggie life jackets (these can be purchased on-site).

Kayaks rather than canoes are a better option for dogs and leads should not be attached to the boat – this is to protect both you and your dog’s safety if the boat capsizes.

If you have experience SUPing, then dogs are welcome to take part in paddleboarding. However, this is not recommended for beginners.  

How do you book?

Book online in advance to guarantee your booking. Alternatively, you can turn up on the day, but availability is not guaranteed. 

Are there any age limits?

Anybody under 18 needs to be accompanied by an over 18 at all times whilst using the watercraft. 

There is no minimum age for kayaks however the minimum age for paddleboards is 12 years. 

What’s included?

With each hire you will be given:

Take clothes with you that you don’t mind getting wet. Suede and denim clothing is not allowed to be worn whilst out on the water. 

Other attractions in Bowness-on-Windermere

Once you’ve finished on the water, there are lots of other attractions to explore in Bowness-on-Windermere

Visit the Windermere Jetty Museum and discover more about the history of boating on the lake.

For those who enjoy walking, Grizedale Forest is the ideal day out. You can also explore some of the other best walks around Windermere.

 

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