Park and lakeshore
Less than a 20-minute drive from the M6 at the southernmost end of Windermere, Fell Foot near Newby Bridge is one of the few places where you can access England’s largest lake. This family-friendly park is perfect for paddling, boat hire or swimming, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out. State-of-the-art changing facilities at the Active Base offer a comfortable place to dry off after a day on the water. If you’d rather stay dry on land, relax on the lawn for a summer picnic with impressive mountain views, or stroll along the paths to the meadows and pinetum – the park’s collection of specimen trees. Three recently restored Gothic boathouses along the lakeshore also shed light on the park’s history.
The Active Base is made up of a series of new buildings at the north end of Fell Foot park which includes changing rooms, a clubhouse and meeting rooms which are all bookable for events. If you're looking for somewhere warm to change out of your wetsuit, a social area for your club or a secure place to store your boat, the Active Base might be the answer.
Showers, lockers, WC and heated changing facilities
Parking near the lakeshore
Storage for boats and watercraft
Location and facility hire for parties or functions
Clubhouse for club, group, organisational use
Access to Fell Foot and its range of footpaths, run routes and self-launch facilities
Active Passes grant access to the changing and shower facilities and users can choose from a daily, weekly, seasonal or annual pass and add on extras such as use of the jetties and boat storage.
Paddleboard, kayak and rowboat hire
Our friends at Stoked Watersports offer seasonal paddleboard, kayak and rowboat hire between Easter and October down on the lakeshore. Book online.
The Boathouse Café is open all year round, with a selection of light meals, sandwiches, snacks, traybakes, cakes and hot and cold drinks. The recently restored ice cream parlour is open weekends from Easter to September offering locally made ice cream and sorbets.
Parking: 1 hour, £2, or all day, £5. Pre-booking is available from June until September. At peak times including weekends and school holidays over this time, we recommend you pre-book online to guarantee entry at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot
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* Park and Active Base:
26 March–30 October, open every day, 10am–5pm.
31 October–31 December (except Christmas Day), open every day, 10am–4pm.
On the A592, one mile from Newby BridgeParking: charges apply, except to National Trust membersNearest station: Grange Over Sands 6 miles. Windermere 8 milesMost of the paths are wheelchair accessible. Mainly gravel paths.Limited coach parking in lay-by outside park entrance. Dogs on leads welcome.Accessible by Public Transport: Windermere station is 8 miles away.
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