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Watersports and Cruises in the Lake District - South LakelandExplore By Boat in South Lakeland

The Lake District offers a huge variety of watersports - your choice of water-based activities is limitless. You can go water skiing or windsurfing and explore the lakes on skis or surfboard. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity by paddle or for an on-water adrenalin rush, try kayaking in the rapids!

Dive right in and immerse yourself in the very thing that makes the Lake District famous. Explore the hidden side of the lakes and tarns by trying wild swimming or join the thousands who take part each year in the UK’s biggest open water swim – the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere.

Real Adventure, Dave's Adventure Company and Total Adventure are just a few of those offering outdoor courses and activities designed for the entire family to enjoy together. If you want to try canoeing or kayaking with the family, they will cater for all levels of experience, whether an expert of beginner! For something a bit different, gorge walking will test your nerves and give a stunning perspective on our famous landscapes.

South Lakeland is also one of the finest places in the UK to launch a boat and it has it all; lakes, rivers and coast. You can hire a boat yourself and experience the serenity of the lakes or sail with Coniston Launch which offers a variety of ways to enjoy a beautiful boat cruise on Coniston Water. Windermere Lake Cruises has a large fleet of modern and traditional launches and 'steamers' operating over the full length of Windermere, calling at Waterhead, Bowness and Lakeside. Lake Windermere is England's largest and longest natural lake at 10.5 miles long and 1 mile wide at its widest point.

For enquiries and information on mooring fees and charges on Lake Windermere, talk to South Lakeland District Council. To explore everything else on water, visit GoLakes.