The Best Watersports Activities on Windermere

by | Aug 26, 2023 | Blog

There is nothing better than getting out on the water and having fun on Windermere, England’s largest lake. But which of the watersports on offer on Windermere are the best?

Watersports Windermere

England’s largest lake is a natural playground located in spectacular scenery where you can easily spend a whole summer exploring and adventuring on. Unfortunately most people only have a week, a weekend or a day to spend on Windermere when they visit so we have made a list of some of best watersports you should try.

Types of Activities on Windermere

There are lots of different types of Watersports available to try on Windermere, for some you can hire equipment and for others you will need lessons if you have never done it before. Some activities like Wakesurfing are perfect if you are looking for adventure and excitement on the lake, and some like boat hire, is great if you want to relax. Watersports on Windermere are perfect for solo travellers looking for adventure, families looking to create memories and couples looking to do something new and fun.

Best Watersports on Windermere

Here is a quick list of water activities on Windermere


Surfing on the crest of wave is possible on Windermere. While many watersports on Windermere are elegant and sedate, wakesurfing is action packed, will get your adrenaline pumping, and is suitable for all the family. You start on a board, on a rope while the boat in front creates a wave for you to surf. As you get more experienced you drop the rope and learn how to keep surfing that ‘endless wave’. Lessons are available from Windermere Wakesurfing and are suitable for absolute beginners who want to try something completely new,  to experienced pro’s who want to hone their technique.

Boat Hire

If you have ever wanted to get out on your own and explore the lake then you can hire both powered boats and rowing boats at various places around Windermere. Take a packed lunch and take it easy enjoying the natural beauty of this gorgeous lake.


If you have ever visited Windermere then you will have seen the white sail boats looking lovely gliding over the blue lake. If you already have the qualifications then sail boats are available for hire. There are also places where you can learn to sail and work towards the qualifications you need to take these boats out on your own.

Canoe and Kayak Hire

Do you like to paddle? If so then hiring a canoe or a kayak is a great way to get out on the lake. Taking time to get the rhythm right might take some time, but once you have the technique then paddling around Windermere is a joy.

Whatever you like to do on the water, Windermere is the perfect place to do it!