A taste of sailing

A day playing with our sailing boats, on the biggest lake in England 

"there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Kenneth Grahame.

A day messing around in boats. No stress, no lesson plan - just good pure fun.

A whole day - sorted

An ideal holiday day or treat day. Stop off for our lovely local produce picnic lunch (included). Whole days are fantastic value.

Just book and turn up. This is the easiest and most fun day you have ever arranged. 

Totally not scary 

No, you don't have to get wet, yes you can volunteer to drive the powerboat if you get nervous. Chris is a very experienced, patient and softly-spoken instructor. 


Great for all ages and abilities

We have developed special 'no ducking from the boom' trimaran sailing canoes which even stay upright unlike many dinghies! 

You will be supported by our accessible power boat.

We are accessible to those who need supportive seating and are not so nimble, or have any other additional needs.

One of our "Great for Grands" recommended grandparent and grandkids adventures. 

Sailing on Windermere

Windermere is a lovely lake running right up to the majestic  Lake District massif.

With some great places for lunch stops and bays to play in we love sailing on Windermere.

Great faciltities

Fell Foot host our sailing base and that means we have access to their fantastic facilities. 

Showers, lockers, toilets, cafe and a carpark (free to National Trust members). 

They have wheel chair accessible changing and showers, T- loops in the public spaces, level access In the cafe and the park has well surfaced paving around the main areas.

A taste of sailng day

The Taste of Sailing day is just that! A good go of sailing to find out if you like it.

We have a variety of boats to offer and will discuss this with you to find what best meets your needs and aspirations.

Boradly we will be able to offer (weather dependent) a day of:
Wet and wild - Omega sailing
Fast and Stable - Canoe sailing
Fast lake cruising - Swallow day yacht
As with most of your activites we offer a full day to ensure that the bulk of the day is active and fun.

A fanstastic lunch is included.

A taste of sailing - accessibility info

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    Suitable for all those who can perceive and identify objects 100m away 


    or bring a friend 


    or ask about a volunteer guide

  • Controls are laid out on a fixed rack to make them easy to identify

  • We can coach by radio to help guide and interpret the conditions

  • Great sailing is as much about the other senses than sight - you can feel, hear and sense the boat's reactions to make adjustments to sail well

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  • We also offer dedicated cognitive needs editions

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  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support 

    Participants should be capable of understanding and be able to follow instructions consistently - most sailing safety comes from some core rules. If not, please bring a dedicated helper


    or bring a friend

  • All of our boats can accommodate a dedicated helper

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    You need to be able to sit upright without being strapped in but with back and side support


    or speak to us about an in-boat volunteer (to allow strap support) 

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  • To drive the powerboat (currently), you must be able to bum shuffle 

    To sail you must have good motion in at least one arm

  • You do not need to be able to manoeuvre quickly or dash around

    Seating in the Canoe trimaran and Powerboat can be in a supportive watersports seat

    On-site wheelchair accessible toilets, showers, changing place and level access cafe

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    Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate or bring an interpreter


    or bring a friend 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available

  • We have radios and T-loop transmission units to aid hearing when separated or the wind hinders hearing 

  • The site has t-loop systems in the office, shop and cafe

A taste of sailing key facts

Whats included?

All your equipment

Your instructors

Site launching fees

A lovely lunch

Hot drinks

An amazing day out on the lake


Open public days £90 per person

Private groups from £274

myCumbria Card holders (Cumbrian families with children)
Private group from £240

Educational trips, Clubs, and Care Organisation from £240 

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European Start up Funded 

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development  

Europe investing in rural areas

Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group 

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