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Summer of sport expected to boost outdoor activities in the Lake District

August 3, 2012

A Lake District activity provider is gearing up for an increase in interest from people inspired by the UKs great summer of sport.The Low Wood Bay Marina and Watersports Centre on Windermere offers a range of water sports like sailing, canoeing, kayaking and waterskiing on England’s longest lake. Water sports are already popular with many locals and visitors in the Lake District. Britain also has some of the leading sportsmen and women on and in the water, including people like sailor Ben Ainslie and swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

The Low Wood Bay Marina and Watersports Centre offers courses for anyone new to the sports or who wants to hone their skills. You can also rent a boat to take out on the water yourself. The four-star Low Wood Bay also offers a 50-foot indoor swimming pool as part of its leisure centre.

Paul Brown runs the Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre. It has the distinction of being an official training centre for the Royal Yachting Association, offering nationally accredited courses, and boasts “approved centre” status from the British Canoe Union.

Paul said: “Any big sporting event and in particular British success tends to lead to increased interest in the sports involved and tempt people to have a go for themselves.

"There’s never been a better time to take up a new sport than in 2012. With television exposure being high, we are preparing for a big increase in interest from people inspired to have a go at what they've seen on TV.”

For those who prefer their sports on dry land sister hotel, The Wild Boar Inn at Crook near Bowness, can set you up with two sports that usually get less attention, shooting and archery.

The hotel offers clay pigeon shooting with the hotel’s professional instructor in its 72-acre private wood. The clays have been adapted to simulate the flight of a number of different wild birds, including the pheasant, crow, grouse or a bolting rabbit! Sessions will be run on each Saturday during August but must be booked in advance.

Special clay pigeon shooting weekends can also be booked which include a stay at The Wild Boar or one of its sister hotels with a maximum of six people per session.

There are also plenty of options for road cycling and mountain biking nearby, including the purpose built mountain bike trails at Grizedale Forest.

For water sports at Low Wood Bay, call 015394 39441 or visit www.englishlakes.co.uk For information on clay pigeon shooting and archer at the Wild Boar Inn, call 01539 822518 or visit http://englishlakes.co.uk/activities/clay-pigeon-shooting/index.aspx For information on mountain biking at Grizedale visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale