Canoeing and Kayaking on : Windermere

Windermere is the biggest of the Lake District's stretches of water, and offers many possibilities for canoeing and kayaking. With plenty of access points, interesting bays and islands, and views to the fells all around, canoeing here is a great experience.

Like all of the area, Windermere can be busy in the summer, but you should still be able to find a quiet corner in a canoe or kayak.

Paddle Point
Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23, UK

Car park around this area. Pretty easy access to the lake and grassy banks to sit on. Great launch to explore the islands with younger children or to head up/down the lake.

Paddle Point

Full route of the lake. Could be paddled both ways with a stop at NT campsite

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Put in for those staying on the campsite - not a public access point.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A pleasant paddle down the green western shores of Windermere, round the islands, and across to Bowness Ferry.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Put in from pier or beach. Pay & display parking across busy road.

Beware that some of the piers are privately owned and should not be used; others have large (although friendly) boats arriving and departing. On a recent trip here, we went for the beach, which was easy to use as a get out and used the small carpark in front of the pier which is only a few meters from the beach.
Windermere is a large body of water (obviously) and is quite exposed at times - be aware that winds in this area can be quite strong, if you are blown to the other side you will have a long carry back!
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/camping/camping-in-the-lake-district/low-wray/

Just a note to say how friendly and welcoming the NT Low Wray campsite was to the SOTP group this weekend. Excellent place for canoeing straight from the site.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Head towards the lake from the car park, but turn right before getting to the main yacht dock onto a small beach area. This is perfect for launching canoes, and I don't think there is any charge to launch from here.
This is quite a pleasant place to paddle from, with several islands accessible.

There is a reasonable sized car park here, but it is pay and display, so you need coins, or your card and a mobile phone.

There is a small kiosk right by the car park, and various other things within a short walk.

A 2 minute walk from the car park is http://www.windermerecanoekayak.com/ - a canoe shop with a reasonable stock (no affiliation), which you might also find handy.

Paddle Point

Go into the National Trust Fell Foot car park, but drive through the first parking area and down to the additional parking. This is about 100m from the water, but this is down a well surfaced walking track, so if you have a canoe trolley (or are strong) this is no problem.

As well as convenient parking there is a cafe and kiosk at the main Fell Foot site. There is also an excellent play area right beside the car park - great while you are unpacking and packing up if you are paddling with children.

Note that you will have to pay to park here, and having change will save you a walk to pay.