All About Kayaking From Bowness-On-Windermere
Ahoy, fellow adventurers! Today, we’re diving (or should we say, paddling) into the wonderful world of Kayaking In The Lake District, but paying particular attention to Kayaking Bowness in this short article.
Nestled in the breathtaking Lake District, Bowness-on-Windermere is a kayaker’s paradise (as much of the Lake District is), and is a great central point on Windermere to set-off on a Lake District Kayaking journey.
With its fabulous transport connections and closer proximity to the lake than Windermere town affords, this could be your ideal kayaking launch point for Lake Windermere.
So, grab your paddle and let’s explore this magical realm and Kayak Bowness together!
Where? Bowness-On-Windermere, The Heart of the Lake District
Bowness-On-Windermere is smaller than Windermere itself but has better access to the lake.
As the town is located within the Lake District National Park here in England, it’s a very popular tourist destination, and has a good measure of beauty about it.
There are limited shops but all are interesting as well as many cafes, hotels and galleries in the small business district of Bowness-On-Windermere.
Kayaking is one of the most popular water sports to do in the area but with so many other things to do in the area as well, it’s no wonder so many kayakers choose to stay here.
What? Bowness Kayaking Adventures Awaits
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a total newbie, there’s something for everyone when it comes to kayaking in Bowness and here we’ve rounded up some of our favourite activities and must-see spots:
- Exploring the Islands: Did you know that Lake Windermere boasts 18 islands? That’s right, mate! Grab your kayak and set sail for a treasure hunt. Don’t forget to bring a map – or better yet, use a waterproof GPS device! Belle Isle – Windermere’s largest Island – lies directly off Bowness Bay so you could start there.
- Wildlife Encounters: Keep your eyes peeled for otters, kingfishers, and even the elusive red squirrel. We’ve been lucky enough to spot a few during our kayaking adventures out of Bowness.
- Sunset Paddles: Trust us when we say that there’s nothing quite like watching the sunset over Lake Windermere while you’re out on the water. Pure bliss! Take snacks and enjoy the colours whilst out on the water.
How? Bowness Kayak Hire, Tips & More
Now that you’re itching to hit the water, let’s talk about the practical side of things which are especially important if you don’t actually own your own kayak. Fear not though, we’ve got your back!
Kayak Hire in Bowness
If you don’t have your own kayak there are plenty of places in Bowness where you can rent one for a reasonable price.
Windermere Canoe Kayak – These guys boast that they operate “THE NORTHWESTS BIGGEST HIRE FLEET AND DEDICATED PADDLESPORTS SHOP” and believe us, they can back this claim up.
They are the Big boys in this area and your one stop shop for basically anything to do with non-motorised fun on the water.
Based at the southern end of Bowness-On-Windermere the outlet stocks kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and bikes for hire as well as all the associated clothing and accessories you’d ever need for Kayaking Bowness.
Kayaking Bowness Launch Points
We’ve launched our Kayak from many points around Bowness but mainly we stick to launching from various points on Bowness Bay, near the Aquatic Quays Marina or around the ferry point near Windermere Canoe Kayak’s headquarters.
For all noted launch points it’s probably best to look over the information provided on the Go Paddling Website and perhaps have a read of some of the forums that have real world experiences from people such as the Song Of The Paddle Forum.
Check signage and use your common sense as these will be the best indicators.
Parking For Kayaking in Bowness
Ferry Nab Parking is the easiest of the parking areas in Bowness where you can get closest to the water for a kayak launch.
Here they have an all day parking rate which we believe is reasonable (some might not) at £8 last time we visited. Read the Ferry Nab Parking reviews from personal experiences on Google Maps HERE.
We’ve also used the Glebe Road Car Park a few times but the car parks here are very narrow and there always seems to be issues with the payment machines so download the parking app for a better payment method.
Finding free parking anywhere near the water in this area is nigh on impossible and with so many tourists you can understand why as traffic and parking must be a bane to the local residents.
Kayaking Bowness Tips
We’ve learned a thing or two during our time kayaking in Bowness. Here are some nuggets of wisdom to help you have a smashing time on the water.
- Be Vigilant: Stay alert to other water users and main ferry routes as Bowness is one of the busiest parts of the lake.
- Dress for Success: The Lake District weather can be unpredictable. Dress in layers and pack a waterproof jacket, just in case!
- Stay Hydrated: Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy levels up. Paddling can be thirsty work!
- Leave no Trace: Help keep Lake Windermere pristine by taking all your rubbish with you. Mother Nature will thank you!
Remember, always double-check the weather forecast and water conditions before you set off. Safety first, folks!
Embrace the Kayak Adventure From Bowness
With its location smack bang in the middle of Windermere in the wonderfully picturesque Lake District, Bowness-on-Windermere sits on the shores of the largest natural lake in England – Lake Windermere and provides for a Kayaking or Canoeing experience you won’t want to miss.
If you have limited transport available to you and rely on public transport then Bowness could certainly be the best place for you to base yourself in the area.
Whether you’re chasing serene sunsets or exploring hidden islands, the Lake District is waiting to reveal its secrets to you and the experience of Kayaking Bowness is one you’ll not soon forget.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your paddle, round up your mates, and let’s hit the water! Adventure is out there, friends – happy paddling!