Welcome to Hollowponds Row Boat Hire! We are open daily from 12 am to 7 pm, offering affordable prices for rowing boat rentals.

Each boat can accommodate up to five people and comes equipped with life jackets for a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

Boat Hire

  • 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.
  • Dogs (and pets) are also allowed onboard, but it's your responsibility to watch out for them!
  • There is no need to book! Just turn up and enjoy your day out with friends and family


  • Half-hour - £15
  • One hour - £20

(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

12:00 - 19:30
Monday - Friday
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:30


The last boat goes out 1 hour before dark

What our customers are saying
Leanne M

We had a wondedful day out to Hollow Ponds.
The owners James, Jeff and John were very helpful and lovely.
They went above and beyond.
Stunning location with beautiful views, very peaceful.
Definitely worth a visit would 100% reccomend.

Thank you

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6 months ago
Jannai Whyte

Amazing day out with family would definitely recommend ,10/10 experience and can’t wait to go back again.

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7 months ago
Lauren Sloan

James and team were so accommodating and thoughtful, umbrella's given so we didn't get caught out in the rain. The pond and boats are a joy. Everyone should visit!!! xx

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7 months ago
James Mock

Great way to spend a sunny day. Right on the border of Walthamstow, Leyon, Leytonstone, Snaresbrook and South Woodford - if you're in any of these areas and the weather is decent, I would definitely recommend coming here.

The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, especially James (although all the staff are lovely). After (or before) your boat ride, you can purchase bird feed for the ducks and swans that are on the lake, which is much more nutrious for the birds than taking bread (pay that bit extra and give the birds something that will actually benefit them).

They used to have a rare black Swan on the lack which sadly passed away after suffering injuries and struggling there after, the staff did everything they could to try and help to look after this swan

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7 months ago
Tayla ML

I’ve been coming here for years even since a kid and now I’m 27 and it’s always been lovely!
Shout out to the boat staff who know how to make you feel special! Always a pleasure

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7 months ago
Chris Davids

Just finished a lovely sunset boat ride on the ponds this evening. The most most friendly guy was working in the cafe. We’ll both be going back soon

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6 months ago