Boating in the North West

With 1,000 kms of coastline along the Irish Sea and waterways galore in the Lake District, this is a magical region for anyone looking for water-bound fun.

West Kirby's sailing hub recently produced a 12 year-old national powerboat champion and there are more than 80 other boating centres to try out. Lakes Coniston, Ullswater and Windermere in the Lake District are all famous for historic power boat speed records, although you are more likely to find tranquil sails cruises and paddles. Then there are the canals, offering miles and miles of perfect tranquillity.

On The Water Guide to the North West

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The Lake District
You can't go wrong in the Lake District - The 88 bodies of water in the National Park attract around 14 million visitors every year. More...

Steeped in maritime tradition and iconic landmarks, Liverpool is a hive of marine activity. The Mersey River and Albert Docks cater for just about every water sport from sailors, powerboaters, windsurfers, rowers to PWC users. More...


Cheshire is the birthplace of Ben Ainslie, Britain’s greatest ever sailor but away from sailing there are plenty of other on the water activities to try out. More...

England's most visited city outside London has recently discovered a new passion for the on the water fun. More...

Isle of Man
The magical Isle of Man lies halfway between England and Ireland in the Irish Sea, and is rich in picturesque harbours. Isle of Man

 Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Northern England's longest canal, built more than 230 years ago, runs from coast to coast passing through 91 locks, including the famous Five Rise locks at Bingle. More...

The Peak District
The Peak District, with its streams, weirs, reservoirs and springs is a water wonderland. More...

The tranquil network of Pennine and Yorkshire waterways is ideal for escape, adventure and sheer fun. More...

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