With 10 major lakes and over a dozen more tarns and waterfalls its easy to see why the Lake District is so popular for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, gorge walking and diving!

And of course there is also 150 miles of coastline where bays and cliffs offer surfing, kayaking and outdoor swimming opportunities.

Sailing offers a relaxing pastime where it's just you, the boat and the wind surrounded by stunning landscapes. It's the perfect way to enjoy the views on the move without the need to don your walking boots.

If you are looking for a bit more excitement why not try windsurfingor canoeingon Coniston Water, Derwentwater, Thirlmere, Ullswater or Windermere where you will find some great facilities ideal for novices who don't have their own equipment.

Of course great care needs to be taken on the Lake Districts many varied waterways so please be aware of any safety advice and always wear the appropriate equipment and clothing.

We have a number of properties with moorings right by the lakes so you can even bring your own boat with you on holiday! We also have a large number of properties within walking distance of the lakes watersports facilities and activities. Just click on `Browse our cottages suitable for watersports' to start searching for that perfect holiday accommodation!

Carlisle and District Divers

If you are new to diving this company offers an easy intro to scuba equipment and diving techniques. They also organise diving trips at certain times of the year.

Low Wood Watersports & Activity Centre

Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre is located on Lake Windermere and is the place to go if you want to experience the great activities on the water.

Kayaking on River Rothay

The River Rothay is a popular place to kayak. The meandering river provides great waters for novices to have a go at this exciting water sport.

Lakeland Boat Hire

Enjoy the stunning scenery around Ullswater by hiring a boat from the northern shores at Lakeland Boat Hire. They supply a wide range of boats including luxury motor boats and Canadian canoes! Tel: 01768 486800

Talkin Tarn Activities

A small outdoor pursuits company based at the picturesque, rural setting of Talkin Tarn. Located just off the A69 east of Carlisle, Cumbria. The company offers a wide range of adventures for families, groups and individuals of all ages and abilities.

Derwentwater Marina

The River Rothay is a popular place to kayak. The meandering river provides great waters for novices to have a go at this exciting water sport.

Glenridding Sailing Centre

Situated at the southern tip of Ullswater Glenridding Sailing Centre supplies a wide range of sailing dinghies and traditional boats, canoes and kayaks to the public. You can even take your own boat to launch out on the lake. Tel: 01768 482541

Sailing on Ullswater

On either side of the lake, there are places where you can go sailing.

Capernwray Diving Centre

Capernwray Diving Centre offers the best place to dive in Lancashire.

Greystoke Outdoor Pool
Greystoke Outdoor Pool

Greystoke Swimming Pool offers a heated outdoor swim, with outdoor play areas and sports field. Tel: 01768 483637

Nichol End Marine

AALA licensed watersports centre located on the shores of Derwentwater.

Coniston Boating Centre
Coniston Boating Centre

Just outside the pretty village of Coniston this boating centre provides electric self drive boats, rowing boats, dinghys, canoes and kayaks right on the shores of Coniston Water. There are also picnic areas and a cafe close by. Tel: 01539 441366