Why not enjoy a romantic rowing boat on gentle Grasmere?

Our rowing boats are available for hire for a maximum of one hour for up to four people (inclusive of babies and small children).

Boats are generally available for hire throughout the year subject, of course, to wind speed and prevalent weather conditions.

We don’t book boats in advance, so just turn up and we’ll be happy to help – though in busy times there may be a short wait until the next boat is available!

Buoyancy aids are available and full instructions / information on rowing technique and the mere will be given before you set off.

The last departure of the day will be one hour before closing time, though please check as our closing time can vary as the wheel of the year progresses.

We always require a deposit of £20 per boat plus the full fare in advance.

Our prices are as follows:



  • Rowing boat for one or two people
  • Rowing boat for three or four people

Please note we do not accept credit or debit cards.

Weight limits are applicable (maximum total weight 300kg)

Please note, for the safety and comfort of all we DON’T permit dogs, duck food, alcohol or fishing equipment on or in our rowing boats.

Be aware that the island on the mere is strictly out of bounds, the boats shall not land on any shore and swimming from the boats is not permitted.

A full list of our terms and conditions of hire can be found on the wall panel by the kiosk.

Please read this before you hire a rowing boat.