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Mundy Play Centre at Markeaton Park

Rowing boats and pedalos

Situated on the main lake at Markeaton Park we have rowing boats and pedalos to hire. Perfect for a day out and suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Why not relax whilst you take in the sights around our picturesque lake boasting an abundance of wildlife from herons and fish to more recently tropical parakeets! Whether you want to practice your rowing skills or take it easy there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Rowing boats and pedalos are available to hire on the main Markeaton Lake. See opening times on the main Markeaton Park page.

Prices for rowing boats and pedalo’s on Markeaton Lake

  • £5 per adult for 30 mins
  • £3 per child for 30 mins
  • If there are two adults in a boat one child goes free
  • No minimum age but all children must be accompanied by an adult and wear a life jacket provided

Rowing boats and pedalos F.A.Q's

What payments are accepted?

Cash or card payments are accepted on site.

How to find us?

We are situated on the main lake at Markeaton Park, near the Craft Village. Follow the signage boards located at the top of the path or over at the Mundy Play Centre, there are also Park Maps on display throughout the park to help you navigate.

Can I take young babies on the boats?

Yes provided you are comfortable and the baby is seated securely.

Can I take my dog on with me? 

Yes, however the dog must be on a lead and stay seated securely throughout the entire trip.

Can children go on their own? 

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets for children are available.

Are Wheelchair Users/ Disabled people able to go on? 

Yes provided they have the necessary support and are comfortable, a member of staff will always be happy to assist.

Do I need to pre-book to go on? 

No booking is required just turn up on the day and enjoy! 

Can I take my dog on with me? 

Yes however the dog must be on a lead and stay seated securely throughout the entire trip.


Fishing is available on the main Markeaton Lake. All users must pay a fee for a valid rod licence. The Earl of Harrington Angling Club manage fishing on the lake as well as Alvaston Lake, Allestree Lake, Mill Pond and Moorway Lane Pond.

Orienteering Course

Orienteering is a competitive sport which combines navigation with running. Careful navigation and route choice can be more important than speed. The map symbols are internationally agreed so that it is possible to compete worldwide on an equal basis. For more information about the sport of orienteering see www.britishorienteering.org.uk. This route has been produced by Derwent Valley Orienteers (DVO) on behalf of Derby City Council. DVO hold frequent events with most being suitable for beginners. For more information about local events and other permanent courses like this see www.dvo.org.uk. 

You can time yourself and view the map on your phone using the free MapRun app. Within the app go to event list, choose MR UK, then MR Derwent Valley, and choose Derby Parks/Markeaton.

Famous Trains Model Railway

The registered charity Famous Trains Model Railway has successfully obtained funding to build and operate a large, permanent model railway and exhibition in one of the old army camp buildings beside the main car park at Markeaton Park.

See opening times on the main Markeaton Park page.