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Coniston Boating Centre
Lake Road, Coniston
Cumbria LA21 8AN

sailing dinghies

Update: 17 March 2020

We have suspended all our boat hire and activities. We are cancelling and will automatically refund all bookings for boat hire up until 1 May. We will keep this refund date under review.

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"?

Motor boats

Motor boats for hire online at Coniston in the Lake District

Seat up to 8 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

Sailing dinghies

Laser Stratos sailing dinghy for hire at Coniston Boating Centre

If you have sailing experience you can hire one of our sailing boats. We currently have one Hawk ready for hire at the start of the season in Easter. !

Sailing dinghy hire prices and online booking

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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