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 gentle dog walks, picnics, paddling, boat hire and swimming. State-of-the-art changing facilities at the Active Base offer a comfortable place to dry off after a day on the water, with showers, lockers and underfloor heating. Day passes are available from just £2 and can be bought from the café. 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 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 & booking
Parking is free for National Trust members. There is a parking charge for non-members (£6 for up to 2 hours, £7.50 for up to 4 hours, £9 all day). Card payments for parking can be taken by a member of the welcome team. Booking is not required.
Eating at Fell Foot
The Boathouse cafe offers a range of cakes, sandwiches and hot lunches. If you’d rather bring your own picnic, tables and benches can be found outside the café, or choose your own spot on the lawn, or bench along the lakeshore. Barbeques are not permitted at Fell Foot.
Water sports at Fell Foot
With easy access to the water, Fell Foot is ideal for paddling, swimming and boating. Take a look at Fell Foot’s Water sports web page (Watersports at Fell Foot │Lake District | National Trust) for information on equipment hire, launching your own equipment and guided activities.
Blue-green algae often blooms in Windermere and can be potentially fatal to dogs. For more information and to find out about current conditions head to the Lake District National Park's website. (https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/policies/algae)
Fishing at Fell Foot
Fishing is not permitted from April – October. Outside of this period fishing is permitted if the person has all the relevant licenses. Care must be taken to avoid other lake users, such as swimmers.
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|Park (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|Monday - Friday||09:00||- 20:00|
|Boathouse Café (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:30||- 17:00|
There is a parking charge for non-members (£6 for up to 2 hours, £7.50 for up to 4 hours, £9 all day).
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
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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