Water sports

 Due to the dozens of lakes formed by glacial movements thousands of years ago within the present Lake District National Park, the region is a great location for water sports and a popular tourist destination.  
Within the borders of the park are plenty of opportunities for water skiing, canoeing, sailing, and kayaking.  Outside of sporting activities, there are also plenty of boating services that offer relaxing pleasure cruises along the larger lakes such as Windermere.

Lake Windermere is also notable due to the fact that it is not only the largest lake within the Lake District and the country, but is also non-tidal with a speed ban in force making it the perfect location for sailors.  Equipment and sailing instruction is available for hire at Windermere as well as at Glenridding and Keswick.
In Keswick, the Derwent Water Marina is the best place to head for watersport equipment hire, with a full line-up of available sailing dinghies, canoes, rowing boats, and windsurfers.  Also available here are refresher, beginning, and RYA courses in both windsurfing and sailing.  Those who wish to bring their own boating equipment can call ahead and arrange dock space for the vessels.

In Glenridding, the Glenridding Sailing Centre is the best place to head with a wide variety of dinghies, boats, kayaks, and canoes available for hire.  In order to hire a vessel you will need to be a member of the club, but one day membership is available for a pound a day or an annual membership can be purchased for twenty pounds.
Those that want to experience a faster pace of watersports should head to the Lakeland area of the Lake District, where the Low Wood Watersports & Activity Centre is found which features a large selection of equipment hire, including dinghies, keelboats, canoes, and powerboating.  Other popular sports in the area include sailing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and kayaking.

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