We are now open for 2022 season.

Boat hire is now available to book – see the book now button at the bottom right of the page.

The cafe is open daily until 5th June, then Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun until Mid June when we will be open 7 days a week until Sept.

Opening Times 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

Until 11th Sept 2022. We plan to open 7 days a week. June Weekdays: 9.30am – 5.30pm July & Aug Weekdays: 9am – 6pm Weekends: 9am – 6pm Winter 2022 – 2023 This is a long way off, but the plan is to open the cafe on weekends. Autumn will depend on staffing and weather.

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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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