I love to take a rowing boat and head down the river, passing families having fun and children paddling at the water’s edge! As you float past Lakeside you may be lucky and catch sight of a train from the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, steaming along the track in this otherwise tranquil place. On a crystal clear day, you can stand on the jetty and marvel at the mountains, a view that changes as you head up the lake in your boat. As Autumn approaches the colours on the hillside change from gold to red to brown which are reflected in the Lake. Rowing on the lake gives you a great view of the intriguing Victorian boathouse buildings, with their balconies jutting out of chimney breasts and limestone seats forming part of the wall.
Planning your visit:
The rowing boats at Fell Foot can be found on the lake foreshore. Life jackets and training are provided, so all you really need to bring is a relaxed frame of mind. Please note that there is an hourly hire charge for the rowing boats. Other facilities at Fell Foot Park include the boat house café by the lakeside; ample picnic sites (voted one of the National Trust top 10 picnic sites 2011); barbeque area; adventure play park; lake access and toilets on site. Throughout the school summer holidays there is a range of other activities including cycling, canoeing, kayaking, climbing wall and archery (offered by external providers, so extra charges apply).
How to get here:
From Newby Bridge Fell Foot Park is located 1 mile north of the Newby Bridge roundabout on the A 592, sign posted from the A590. From Windermere follow the A592 towards Newby Bridge.