Until Lakeland Rowing Club was set up by a small group of rowers in retirement, there were no rowing clubs between Brampton and Lancaster, a distance of hundreds of square miles including some of the most beautiful stretches of water in the Lake District.
The club remained small and relatively unknown for many years. Members rowed on both Windermere in the south Lakes and Bassenthwaite Lake in the north, storing boats at home and moving them between sites as necessary.
Eventually, thanks to the hard work and determination of the original members, membership began to increase, and a northern base was established at Derwent Water Marina in Portinscale, with a second site at Fell Foot Park on Windermere.
The club had sufficient members using both sites that it was decided to split into two independent clubs: with Lakeland Rowing Club continuing to operate on Derwentwater and the south Lakes members becoming Windermere Rowing Club.
Having outgrown the space available at Derwent Water Marina, Lakeland secured a piece of land across the water on Keswick Isthmus, courtesy of the National Trust, and members built a new base.
Lakeland Rowing Club has thriving junior and senior sections. We run learn-to-row courses for local school children and adults, and support both leisure rowers and crews who travel all over the country to compete.
Lakeland Rowing Club is a small, friendly club based at Isthmus Bay in Keswick. We row on Derwentwater in the heart of the Lake District World Heritage Site, surrounded by the beautiful north western fells.
Our members range in age from early teens to early 80s, and we combine leisure rowing with competing at all levels. We are affiliated to British Rowing and have eight qualified coaches among our membership. Although we mostly scull in quads, doubles and singles, we also have boats which can be rigged as fours and pairs.
New members are always welcome, whether they are returning to the sport or looking to row for the first time. To find out more about membership or our learn-to-row courses, please see the relevant web pages.
If you already row with another club, are planning to be in the area and would like to get out on the water with us, or if you are interested in organising a training camp, we’d love to hear from you.
Come and join us for a row!
LRC founding fathers: (top left to right) Ian Hill, Roger Heise and John Knox, (bottom) Nick Cowan.
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