We are getting ready to open for the 2022 season.

Boat hire is now available Tues – Sun, the cafe will open Fri, Sat and Sun (and extra days in the holidays where staffing permits) from 10 April 2022..

Opening Times can be found here

Our April 2022 Update can be found here


Set in a stunning and convenient location, Nichol End Marine lies on the western shore of beautiful Derwentwater, in the scenic Lake District. The lake is home to many delightful bays, beaches and islands, just waiting for you to explore; and is surrounded by mountains and valleys, with some of the best walks in the Lake District.

Our clients enjoy a happy, safe and relaxing environment with unrivalled scenery in which to enjoy their first or regular adventures on the lake.

Kayak Hire

Single, Double, Trio or Quad Kayaks are a great way to have fun, share family adventures or get fit while exploring the beauty of Derwentwater.

Paddleboard Hire

Gliding gracefully across the water or toppling in with much hilarity…paddle boarding increases in popularity every year. Multiple sized boards available.

Canoe Hire

Fast enough to explore the lake, stable enough to stay dry (usually) and raftable for family adventures, canoeing remains a favourite way to explore the stunning scenery.

Rowing Boat Hire

Is there anything more romantic than sharing a rowing boat and a picnic in stunning surroundings?

Sailing Boat Hire

Experience the joy of sailing across the water with the wind in your hair.


When you need to refuel between adventures

Recent Posts

April 2022 Update

The lake is very cold at the moment – and the current weather and forecast is not helping. If you are planning to hire boats please remember to bring cold weather clothing – gloves, hats, fleeces, waterproofs… If it is horrible in the morning (especially if its windy, or you have small people in your…

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Opening Times

Boat hire: Monday: Closed Tues to Thu: by appointment. Book at nicholend.co.uk. Friday, Saturday & Sunday: ideally book on our website, however we will accommodate walk ins where possible. Cafe The cafe is open:- Monday – Thursday: Closed – due to staff shortages. Friday: 10am – 4.30pm Saturday & Sunday: 9.30 – 5.00 If we…

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We are now closed for the season.

Someone will be onsite every day from at least 10am – 3pm for Bertholders or if there are any special requests… (We had intended to open this month but staff illness, supplier shortages, a terrible forecast, and rising lake levels have meant that we have taken the decision to close the site to the public…

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About us

Nichol End is a family business right on the shores of Derwentwater. We offer Moorings, Boat hire and freshly made cake and scones in our cafe.

Opening Times

From 1st October 2021 to 9 April 2022:-

Cafe and Hire now closed.

Staff are about for Bertholders and enquiries at least 10am – 12noon 7 days a week..

Contact us

Nichol End Marine,

Portinscale, Keswick, CA12 5TY


017687 73082

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