Disabled and Blind Open Canoeing with Bushcraft Lunch – Windermere


Who Is This For? * 

Journey down Windermere by canoe before lighting a fire and cooking your own
three course meal on a secluded beach.
The Day
Meet at our excellent active base, that’s fully accessible including the toilets and
showers (run by the National Trust), and get everyone kitted up with personal gear.
You then go down to the boats which are adjusted to suit everyones needs.
After a quick paddle briefing, boarding everyone and sliding in to the water it’s time
to wave goodbye to the shore and set off for the open lake.
Chris or Vicky will instruct from the motorised safety boat as the group journeys down
the lake.
On arriving at the bushcraft site we will unpack, reunite people with their mobility
aids and light our fires from a flint rod.
Then it’s onto cooking; Carrot and Coriander soup, Pizza for main and Apple Crumble
for desert is our typical lunch out all cooked over open fire.
Most find that time has run away by this point and choose to ride back in the
powerboat on the way home, but if there is time, some people paddle part or even
all the way back.
Open canoes can be boarded on the land and only when everyone is comfy and secure
will they be launched onto the water on a low friction mat. Once on the water we
paddle off to explore Windermere.
We have a variety of systems to support people with additional mobility needs
including outrigger floats to stabilise the canoes, supportive seats which give back
and lateral support, grip aids.
Access to and from the canoes can be on the land, which makes it ideal for those with
mobility impairments asv you can get right next to the boat before transferring in.
The remote beach we use for the bushcraft is not suitable for small wheeled
wheelchairs (they get stuck) but the National trust will lend us a Mountain Trike
wheelchair for your use. Our gantry hoist is great but can be a challenge to use
depending on lake levels.
We have raised fireplaces that direct heat upwards protecting low sensation leg
impairments, a prep table that works with most chairs and a great site to operate on
which is reasonably flat but may need a 15 meter assist for wheelchair users to access
from the beach.
The optional rudder is also fantastic for those that have energy limiting conditions,
grip impairments or upper arm mobility impairments to take an active role in the

Finding Fell Foot

Fell Foot is one mile North of Newby Bridge on the A592. Coming from Newby Bridge the park exit is reached first followed by the entrance approximately 500m further on.

The Postcode is LA12 8NN

If you are lost, late or having any problems call us on the duty phone (only operated when we are expecting clients) on 07452933763

Finding Us

We meet at the Active Base.  There is very limited parking down there but the two blue badge spaces tend to be available.

When you enter the park, head into the main carpark unless using the disabled spaces and then wander over to find us under the tree in the Active Base  (there is only one and it’s obvious).

Bring your stuff for the day with you, there are lockers at the Active Base for anything you want to lock away – safe and dry.


Our hosts charge for parking – if you are a National Trust Member it’s free. We encourage people to actually park in the park rather than outside as they have invested huge efforts to make this a great community hub and we support them through parking and membership. Parking is £9 for all day.

We pay a fee for your use of the Active Base so you should not pay for Active Base bands if offered.


Cafe – Fell Foot has a lovely cafe if you fancy turing up early for a brew.

Off road wheelchair.   Fell Foot has an off road wheel chair (see the picture) if you are counting on using it, contact us so we can pre book it.

Disabled access toilet – at the Active Base – brand new to modern standards.

Changing Place – behind the cafe – bring your own sling.

Arrival 10am starting promptly – winding up at 3:30 pm for a 4pm drive away

Canoes provide a super flexible and exciting way to adventure out of chair and

away from your regular mobility aids.

See Windermere England’s largest lake and jewel in the crown of the National

Park from the ideal craft

If you can Canoe all sorts of adventures open up across the county and abroad

After booking, you will receive an email with a unique booking code. You will be provided with a link to request your experience day.. Then all you do, is wait for the fun to begin.


Fell Foot

Dedicated disabled parking. Level access to activity, cafe, accessible toilets and full changing place.
Access to craft requires ability to self transfer between surfaces of moderately
different heights or use of gantry hoist.
We have a variety of supportive seating, transfer aids, grip aids, resting seats and
We have a radio system compatible with 3.5 mm stereo jacks to aid hearing.
We are ASD aware and have many coping strategies and can arrange visual
timetables, familiarisation visits, quiet time access and time out options.


Maximum waist 155cm
Minimum weight 12kg (though below 8’s should really book privately – equivalent to 3
adult tickets) as it affects the other participants on open events

We are highly flexible especially on private bookings – we are a specialist provider of
inclusive adventures – everything can be discussed.
We do need to accept this is a minimally adapted environment and the normal outdoor
realities apply;
Surfaces can be wet, loose or slippery
Wind and rain make the weather cold
Sun burns
Toilets can be far away
And unforeseen things happen
Are spectators welcomed? yes
Spectators will find spectating of little value – we will be out of sight for the majority of
the time. However there is a nice cafe and woodland walks within the park.

Which days of the week is the experience available?
Dates vary and can be discussed on booking
Any months the experience doesn’t run?
In the winter months October- March we dont offer open activities but still arrange
private bookings 2 or more individual places is fine for winter bookings
Are there any excluded or restricted dates?


Our mission is quite simple: we want to get more disabled and visually impaired people enjoying new, fun and exhilarating activities. We want to help people with disabilities and visual impairments feel confident that they can enjoy the same activities and life experiences as someone without a disability. We want disabled and blind people to have access to new and cool products which look like they were made for someone with a zest for life