Great news! We have been given permission to re-open again Saturday March 13th 2021

Lock-down restrictions are going start to be relaxed and HollowPonds boat hire will now be open for business as usual on Saturday March 13th 2021 until the end of the season unless restrictions are tightened again.  Please come and enjoy the forest by taking a trip on a boat to take in the surrounding beauty and wildlife at your leisure.

What better way to explore Hollow Ponds than by hiring a boat and discovering the delights of the wildlife, surrounding shores and the encompassing ancient woodland of Epping Forest.

The Boathouse has rowing boats available for hire and the boating lake is open from 11am - 5pm  Weather permitting the boats continue operating into late September at the weekends.

Sorry everybody.... we're now closed until next Summer as this is a seasonal attraction

Closing times are dependent upon the weather and when the sunsets. 

Last boat usually goes out 1 hour before the sun sets so that nobody is on the lake after dark

Boat Hire

Rowing boats can have a maximum of 5 people. A basic knowledge of rowing is helpful when using these boats, but it is by no means essential and first-timers are more than welcome.


Half-hour - £10

One hour - £15

(All Boat hire is subject to a £10 Deposit which is refundable upon return)

Tickets can be purchased at the boathouse Kiosk by the boating dock on Whipps Cross Road

For more information and to check for latest prices and opening times contact James @ Hollow Ponds Boats on 07973 128375 or email us: james@hollowponds.co.uk


Come and take a look at everybody having a good time on and off the water....

...Have you sent  us your best pictures yet?

Meet The Team

The staff are here for you!  They are all fully trained life gaurds who will always be happy to help, give advice and ensure you have a good time.  Please stop by and say a BIG hello.