Coniston Water Tours

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The third-largest lake in the English Lake District doesn’t fail to impress; at 5 miles (8 km) long, 184 feet (56 m) deep and half a mile (0.8 km) wide, it has been a favorite of kayak and canoe aficionados for several decades now and continues to entice visitors seeking stunning scenery and a feel for the much-hyped Lake District. Once the main fish source for the monks of Furness Abbey in the 13th century, it is now the home of the elegant, Victorian-era steam yacht Gondola, which sails from one end of the lake to the other between March and November.

Around the lake, there are three main villages, Coniston, Brantwood and Hawkshead, where visitors can sleep, eat, drink and shop as they please. Hawkshead is particularly lovely and easy to explore on foot, featuring charming cobble lanes and the fan-favorite Beatrix Potter Gallery. 

Coniston Water has been depicted several times in fiction, with its most famous mention in Arthur Ransome’s novel Swallows and Amazons. The lake also received major international and local press during the 20th century because of the role it played in many water-speed world-record attempts. The record was finally set on August 19, 1939, by Sir Malcom Campbell. His son, Donald, subsequently tried to achieve the mind-boggling 300-miles-per-hour record in 1967 but was tragically killed on the second leg of his attempt. The Ruskin Museum in Brantwood features a complete exhibition on the event. 

Bicycles; motor, sailing and rowing boats; canoes; and kayaks are available for hire at Coniston Boating Centre. Trekking is also a popular activity among visitors, as the lake is surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery, including the famed Old Man of Coniston.

Practical Info

Coniston Water is located in the south of Lake District National Park and can be reached from Liverpool and Manchester by car in two hours via the M6, the A590 and the A592. 
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Address: Lake District, England
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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere

Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day small-group High Mountain Passes tour from Lake Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, follow a route first traced by the Romans over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, two of Britain’s steepest. Ascend through breathtaking fells; visit Roman Hardknott Fort, and ride the heritage Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. After a lunch break, admire spectacular views of Wastwater before returning to Windermere via Coniston Water.
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick

Discover the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Lake District without having to hike on a 9.5-hour minibus tour of the national park’s high mountain passes from Keswick. Absorb incredible views from the Wrynose and Hardknott Mountain Passes, ride through Eskdale Valley on the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and drink in panoramas from Wastwater, voted Britain’s best view. Entry to Muncaster Castle and a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway are included.
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Private Tour: Lake District of Beatrix Potter

Discover the landscapes and locations that inspired Beatrix Potter on this private 1-day Lake District tour from Windermere, Bowness or Ambleside. Travel deep into the English countryside as your guide sheds light on the life and times of famous author Beatrix Potter. Enjoy panoramic views over Windermere’s open wilderness, and visit top attractions including Wray Castle, Tarn Hows, Coniston Water and Hill Top. Explore the village of Hawkshead at your leisure, take a train journey through Haverthwaite and admire the rolling hillsides from the water during a Lake Windermere cruise.
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