If you are visiting Dorney Lake and have a query, please see some Frequently Asked Questions below.

Can't find the answer you were looking for? Contact the team here.

Can I walk my dog around Dorney Lake?

Yes, however dogs should be kept on a lead at all times and we ask that dog waste is taken away with you. 

Is open water swimming or paddleboarding available at Dorney Lake? 

Unfortunately, we do not permit open water swimming or SUP boarding on the Rowing Course unless arranged by an organised sports event. 

Where can I park? 

If you are attending an event in the Lake View Room or London Room, complimentary parking is available to you in our Main Car Park located adjacent to the Boathouse. 

If you are attending an event in the Olympic Suite, you will find dedicated parking bays next to the building.

If you are attending a Sports Event, please contact the relevant Sports Event Organiser for information on when to arrive and where to park.  

If you are visiting our Grounds for leisure purposes, limited parking is available in our Arboretum Car Park where there is a flat rate fee of £2.50. Please check before traveling as our grounds close regularly throughout the year to the public for private events. 

Can I train for my upcoming Sports Event at Dorney Lake?  

Yes and no. 

When our grounds are open to the public for leisure purposes, running, walking and leisure cycling (we classify this as no more than 10mph) is permitted and we ask that you keep to the middle paths around the lake. Those nearest the water are for use of Rowing & Canoe Coaching. 

We strictly do not permit cycle training, cycling in pelaton, or speed skating and we will request that you leave site if carrying out these activities. 

Can I travel to Dorney Lake on public transport? 

There are no direct transport links, however-

Our nearest train station is Taplow Train Station which is (to the Boathouse), a 10 min drive, 17 min bike ride or a 1-hour walk. 

If arriving at Windsor Central or Windsor & Eton Riverside Stations, please be aware that access to our venue is via our Main Entrance off Court Lane only. There is no access via the Thames Path.

Is there a Cafe on site? 

Although we do not have a permanent Cafe on site, Our Lake View Room Cafe is regularly open throughout the year for Sports Events only. 

Can I access Dorney Lake from the Thames Path?  

Dorney Lake can be accessed from the Thames Path via Footpath 8 or the Sustrans Route 4, both of which run around the perimeter of our venue where you can access site via our Main Entrance Gates only. All other pedestrian gates are closed. 

Is there disabled parking available at Dorney Lake?  

If you are attending an event at Dorney Lake and require Disabled Parking and/or access please speak to your Event Coordinator or Event Organiser who will be able to advise on specific arrangements for your event.

If you are a member of the public wishing to visit our grounds for leisure purposes, we have free disabled parking available in our Arboretum Car Park when a Blue Badge is displayed. During office hours, Monday - Friday, 08.00 - 16.30 we also offer free Disabled Parking at the Ash Tree, located halfway down the lake when a Blue Badge is displayed. Please call at the security barrier to speak to Reception for access. 

Please note- Please see our Sports Events Calendar or check our Socal Media Pages for dates where we will be closed to the public for private and sporting events. 

Can I Rollerblade around Dorney Lake?  

Speed skating is strictly not permitted. However, visitors can enjoy leisure skating on the paths around the lake where we request that the Coaching Paths (those closest to the water on each side of the lake) are kept clear at all times. 

Are there Public Toilets available for visitors to the grounds? 

Public Toilets are available at the side of the Boathouse, next to Reception. 

I am attending an event at Dorney Lake, is there any overnight accomodation? 

Although we do not have any accommodation on site, with our proximity to Windsor and Maidenhead there are ample options nearby. Please see a few options below
Dorney Self Catering Appartments  https://www.dorneyselfcatering.com/
Copthorne Hotel, Slough https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/slough-windsor/copthorne-hotel-slough-windsor/?cid=gplaces-copthorne-hotel-slough-windsor
Premier Inn, Slough Central https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/berkshire/slough/slough-central-south-windsor-road.html?cid=GLBC_SLOWIN
The George Inn, Eton  https://www.georgeinn-eton.co.uk/accommodation/
Travelodge, Windsor https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/329/Windsor-Central-hotel?utm_source=google&utm_medium=GHA_Organic&utm_campaign=GHA_Windsor%20Central&WT.tsrc=GHA_Organic

Was Dorney Lake built for the 2012 Olympics?  

Dorney Lake was originally conceived by Eton College rowing teachers in the 1960s. They felt it important to construct a still water, all year round safe rowing course, offering greater safety than the River Thames, with its fast currents, varying widths and increasing traffic. Construction of the lake began in 1996 and was finally completed in 2006 with the rounding-off of the return/warm-up channel. In order to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing and flat-water canoeing, the main lake was extended to the 2,200-metre distance. Today, the Rowing Course is regularly used by local, national and international schools and clubs with 6+ Regattas held on the course every year.