Activities on the lakes

Activities on the lakes

Hayley on Jun 03, 2016

Cumbria is a beautiful region made up of high peaks, open fells, lakes and sparkling rivers which offer some of the most fascinating experiences to be had amidst scenery that is both spectacular and intimate, with so many lakes to choose from there will be a spot to delight every individual requirement, whether you are looking for an exhilarating experience surrounded by groups of people, or whether you are keen to escape everyday life and spend a day doing a peaceful spot of fishing within the mountains, you won’t have to travel too far to find just that.


There are endless opportunities to indulge in a spot of fishing in Cumbria, fishing can be enjoyed for free on Windemere, Ullswater and Coniston Water – all absolutely stunning locations surrounding by the most picturesque of views. Most of the lakes in Cumbria stock superb amounts of brown trout, salmon and sea trout and several of the larger lakes are particularly good for their pike and coarse fishing. Although only a few of the lakes offer freely available fishing, many of the other lakes do still provide fishing opportunities but in the form of day or weekly permits as these lakes are largely controlled by local Angling Associations, these permits can usually be purchased from the local tourist information centre for that area.

Canoe and kayaking

Embarking on a day on the lakes in a canoe or kayak provides a great way to explore the stunning wildlife and scenery of the bays and islands on offer in the region. There are a wealth of rivers and lakes in Cumbria perfect for discovering by canoe or kayak, a leisurely peaceful experience can be guaranteed with no previous experience necessary. Whether on majestic lakes, slow moving tides or even fast flowing white water, the Lake District boasts the perfect natural resources to try canoeing for the first time or to develop existing skills. You won’t have difficulty finding an instructor or training group to try your hand at either canoeing or kayaking in the region with an abundance of highly skilled professionals at most water edges! A fun filled day of games on the water or a paddling expedition under the stars will provide endless enjoyment for individuals of all ages.

Sailing and wind surfing

Sailing and windsurfing are two fantastic sports for getting active and energetic outside in the fresh air, and both are surprisingly easy to pick up and master! A day out on Cumbria’s waters provide an exhilarating experience and with there being numerous lakes to head to, a holiday in Cumbria makes for the perfect opportunity to have a go for yourself. The best known and most popular lakes for sailing and windsurfing are Windemere and Derwentwater as both lakes offer a good variety of marinas, boat and board hire, and instructors, however both Bassenthwaite Lake, Ullswater and Coniston are also very well regarded for water sports. For sailing the best locations are Maryport and Whitehaven due to their prime marinas based just off the fishing harbours, the views in this region provide some of the most beautiful and peaceful sailing experiences to be had in the UK.


If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous then wakeboarding is an excellent sport to try. Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water whilst being towed behind a powerboat. It can sound daunting but this exhilarating sport must be experienced to be believed. A great place to take some beginner lessons is Low Wood Bay Water sports Centre, they offer an extensive range of equipment and a magnificent setting against a backdrop of the Lakeland fells.

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