Dorney Lake

Dorney Lake
Dorney Lake.jpg
Aerial view of Dorney Lake in 2007
LocationDorney, Buckinghamshire, England
Coordinates51°29′36″N 0°39′56″W / 51°29′36″N 0°39′56″W / 51.4933; -0.6655
TypeArtificial lake, rowing lake
Basin countriesUnited Kingdom
Built2006
Max. length2.2 kilometres (1.4 miles)

Dorney Lake (also known as Eton College Rowing Centre, and as Eton Dorney as a 2012 Summer Olympics venue) is a purpose-built rowing lake in England. It is near the village of Dorney, Buckinghamshire, and is around 3 km (2 miles) west of Windsor and Eton, close to the River Thames.

The lake is privately owned and financed by Eton College, which spent £17 million developing it. Additional grants, totalling £500,000, were obtained from Sport England, UK Sport, the DCMS and SEEDA in order to build the lake's finish tower. The project was completed in 2006, after 10 years of construction.[1] Although it is primarily for use by the school, the facilities are hired out for rowing, as well as for canoeing, dragon boating, open water swimming and triathlon.

2012 Olympic venue

The lake was used as the 2012 Summer Olympic venue for rowing and canoe sprint, and as the 2012 Summer Paralympic venue for rowing.[2] For the duration of the Olympics, the lake was officially referred to as Eton Dorney; confusingly, a separate venue in Stratford was called Eton Manor due to 19th century associations with the school.

To provide for Olympic spectators, the existing facilities were enhanced to include 20,000 additional seats; most of these seats were temporary. Construction began in October 2009, following investigations by Oxford Archaeology, of enhancements to Dorney Lake, including a new cut-through between the competition lake and the return lane, a new bridge and an upgraded access road, funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).[3] During the Olympic events, Dorney Lake was staffed by around 3,500 personnel including volunteers; it could accommodate up to 30,000 spectators per day.[4] A temporary bridge linked the Dorney Lake site to Windsor Racecourse, where a pick-up and drop-off point for Olympic spectators was established.[5][6] Other access options existed for walkers and cyclists.[7]

Other Languages
Cebuano: Eton Dorney
čeština: Eton Lake
Deutsch: Dorney Lake
français: Dorney Lake
íslenska: Dorney Lake
italiano: Dorney Lake
עברית: אגם דורני
Nederlands: Dorney Lake
norsk nynorsk: Dorney Lake
polski: Dorney Lake
română: Lacul Dorney
српски / srpski: Итон Дорни
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Dorney (jezero)
svenska: Dorney Lake
Türkçe: Dorney Gölü
中文: 多尼湖