Opening times

Boat and bike hire:

10am - 5pm

Bluebird Café:

10am - 5pm

Getting here

Coniston Boating Centre
Lake Road, Coniston
Cumbria LA21 8AN

Boat hire coniston

Its great to be welcoming you back! Find out how we're keeping everyone safe at Coniston Boating Centre.

Boat hire

There's lots of boat hire to choose from! Let our electric motor boats take the strain. Or maybe you'd like to row, row, row your boat in our rowing boats? All well behaved dogs are welcome on board. WOOF!

Try out sit on top kayaks, open Canadian canoes and have fun splashing about on paddle boards. If you can sail why not hire one of our sailing dinghies and follow in the wake of Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons"?

Please note we offer 1 hour maximum hire for motor boats and rowing boats, this is to keep the hire boats up one end of the lake so we can provide safety cover.

Keeping you safe

Now we have reopened we have put a few measures in place to ensure the safety of our staff and customers:

  • Online bookings only.
  • New safe distance queuing system.
  • Contact-free check-in at kiosk.
  • Contact-free safety briefings.
  • Every boat is sanitised between each trip.
  • Every buoyancy aid is sanitised between each use.
  • The public toilets here are open.
  • We have a staggered booking process to avoid crowds, to book multiple boats you need to book multiple time slots. For example if you are wanting to book two kayaks at 10am you would need to book one at 10:00 and one at 10:15. We will then do our best to ensure you go out at the same time.

Dogs are welcome

Dog on jetty

Well behaved dogs are welcome on our boats and paddle sports providing they are cleaned up after if necessary, not tied to anything in the boat and you are comfortable with them being on board with you.

Motor boats

Motor boats for hire online at Coniston in the Lake District

Seat up to 6 people in one of our motor boats whilst you explore the beautiful scenery Coniston Water has to offer.

Motor boat hire prices and online booking

Rowing boats

Coniston Water is one of the Lake District's most beautiful lakes and there's no better way to take it all in than by rowing boat!

Rowing boat hire prices and online booking

Open canoes

Seating 2 people the open canoe is a great way to enjoy the lake with friends and family. Canadian canoes can only be hired out to 2 people per boat.

Open canoe hire prices and online booking

Paddle boards

Paddle boards for hire in the Lake District

Fancy testing your balance out? Paddle boards are great fun - show off, paddle off, and possibly fall off!

Paddleboard hire prices and online booking

Kayak hire

Coniston kayak hire

Explore Coniston Water at your own pace in our kayaks

Kayak hire prices and online booking

Sailing dinghies

Laser Stratos sailing dinghy for hire at Coniston Boating Centre

We are no longer hiring out sailing dinghies at Coniston Boating Centre.

Why not explore by rowing boat instead?

Where to go

From the water you can see magnificent views of The Old Man of Coniston mountain. Cruise past John Ruskin's house at Brantwood or head south towards Peel Island. Take a look at the Coniston lake users' guide leaflet (PDF) and Coniston map (PDF).

Safety equipment

Every boat hire includes instruction from one of our trained staff. Safety equipment such as buoyancy aids is also covered.

For more information, please call us on 015394 41366 or email us at

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