Lake District Canoe
Hire and Lessons

One of the finest ways to explore England’s largest lake with beautiful shoreline, islands and wildlife is by canoe. Launch from our stunning setting on Graythwaite Estate on the southwest shore of Windermere, whether for an instructed session or hire. Commonly known as Canadian canoes or open boats, these craft offer a gateway to independent paddling and adventures on Windermere.

Choose your canoe experience

Lake District Canoeing Lessons and Canoe Hire

Journeying in these Canadian style boats is the ultimate in relaxation as you paddle around the small islands and bays off Graythwaite Estate’s private shoreline.

For experienced canoers or complete novices, the benefits of an instructed canoeing session are that you’ll master the basic strokes quickly and journey with ease to make the most of your session. We’ll also be with you for safety support for added confidence. We require at least one adult in your party, but not necessarily taking part. The lessons are 1.5 hours long.

Or you may opt for canoe hire if you’ve paddled before. We’re happy to hire canoes to water confident first-timers too. We require at least one adult in your party to be on the water. You can opt for one hour or two hours, or you may prefer a half-day canoeing adventure around Lake Windermere.

What better place to canoe than England’s largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District National Park; Lake Windermere? As with all our experiences, this will be a private booking for your party if you book a lesson. 

The watersports centre is a ‘pop-up’, from April to October and at the end of the season, we pack up, leave no trace and allow Grubbins Point peace and quiet over the winter before all the fun starts again next year.  With no electricity or running water, we run purely on our inner energy and sunshine. 

PLEASE NOTE; we don’t take online bookings for same day watersports in case we’re inundated and unable to staff them so for  bookings within 24 hours, please call or email your enquiry and hopefully we’ll be able to fit you in. 🙂


Group size: minimum 1 guest

Duration: 1.5 hour instructed session / hire only from 1 hour

Minimum age: 4

1.5 hour instructed session:
1 person – £80.00
2 people – £60.00 per person
3 people – £45.00 per person
4 – 10 people – £35.00 per person then £30.00 per person for 11 – 14 people

Hire only:
There must be at least 1 adult on the water to supervise
1 hour – £27.50 per boat
2 hours – £32.50 per boat
4 hours – £42.50 per boat

Please note, prices exclude a 4% booking fee, capped at £5.00 + VAT.

Booking Terms & Conditions


Watersports hub: we generally run our full-time, Lake Windermere watersports offering from the beginning of April to October.

What’s included: canoe, paddle and buoyancy aid, help getting you on the water, tips to get you started, water safety cover, car parking, use of the changing cabins and toilet.

What to bring: your own wetsuit if you have one (or you can hire one from us £5.00 each) although not necessary unless you plan to swim, towel, swimwear, wet shoes or trainers you don’t mind getting wet and a change of clothes in case you get wet. It has been known that some people like to splash!

For more information, to discuss multi-activities or for groups, please call: