Coniston Water Tours

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Coniston Water
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.

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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. 
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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3 Day Best of the Lake District Tour from Manchester

Explore the best of the Lake District on this 3-day experience from Manchester, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and return transfers from Manchester. Enjoy our Lake District from Manchester Tour including highlights such as a lake cruise and visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead. You'll also join our High Adventure Tour which travels over two of the highest mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott, travel on a heritage ride and visit Muncaster Castle gardens. Finally you'll also experience our morning 1/2 day tour, including Six Lakes in a morning before traveling back to Manchester that afternoon.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Morning Half Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

Discover another side of the beautiful Lake District, and follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, on this immersive, half-day tour. Meet your guide at your local accommodation, and venture first to Wray Castle, a former vacation home where Potter spent time as a teenager. Continue to her home at Hill Top, see the villages she used to frequent, and learn more about her life and works. As you go, you’ll also get to admire the Lake District’s wealth of scenery.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Overnight Lake District Rail Trip from London

Delight in the natural majesty of the Lake District National Park on an overnight trip to the countryside treasure from London. Take a scenic rail route to the beautiful park and spend a day enjoying the sights on a fully guided tour. Cruise on Coniston Water, one of the area’s largest lakes; see the former Hill Top home of beloved author, Beatrix Potter; and pleasure your palate with a traditional afternoon tea. Luxuriate in 3- or 4-star accommodation and explore independently on the second day after enjoying a fulfilling English breakfast.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Coniston and The Langdale Valley - Morning Half Day Tour

Spend a half day exploring the scenic surroundings of the Lake District while a guide provides commentary throughout the tour. Visit highlights such as Tarn Hows, Coniston Water, and Coniston village; then head over to Great Langdale and Little Langdale to admire these valleys. You’ll get a more informed glimpse with a sightseeing tour than going solo, and relax with the ease of transport between destinations.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Beatrix Potter Country and Places - Afternoon Half Day Tour

Without a rental car, rounding up the Lake District spots beloved by Beatrix Potter in a half-day is near-impossible. Ideal for time-crunched visitors, this small-group tour from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside visits many such places in a few hours. Explore Beatrix’s Hill Top home, see Esthwaite Lake where she fished, visit Hawkshead, and learn detail about her life and characters via the onboard commentary that you might never otherwise hear.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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5 Day Best of the Lake District Experience Tour

Explore the rugged Lake District on this 5-day experience from Windermere, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and two full-day tours & one half day tour. Enjoy a Ten Lakes Spectacular trip with a lake cruise and visits to pretty Buttermere, Grasmere and Keswick; plus a High Mountain Passes tour over epic Hardknott Pass to see Muncaster Castle and ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. You will also enjoy a half day Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour visiting Hawkshead, Tarn Hows and Hill Top Farm. As well as breakfasts, your tour includes a fantastic overview of the Lake District plus round-trip hotel transfers in Windermere and Bowness.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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The many lives of Beatrix Potter Full Day All-Inclusive tour

You get to see:• Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District where she was to later make her home. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Beatrix Potter Gallery to see the original illustrations by Beatrix, including the famous copy she made of the Peter Rabbit letter. • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter. • Armitt Library & Museum to see Beatrix's stunningly detailed mycology illustrations and other artefacts
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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4 Day Experience the Lake District & Hadrian's Wall Tour from Manchester

Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the Lake District National Park on this 4-day experience from Manchester, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and return transfers from Manchester. Enjoy our Lake District from Manchester Tour including highlights such as a lake cruise and visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead. You'll also join our High Adventure Tour which travels over two of the highest mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott, travel on a heritage ride and visit Muncaster Castle gardens. As well as our Full Day Roman Britain & Hadrian's Wall Tour including the Roman Army Museum & Vindolanda. Finally you'll also experience our morning 1/2 day tour, including Six Lakes in a morning before traveling back to Manchester that afternoon.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Stunning Lake District 4 Hour Tours!

Hello! My name is Simon. I offer a customised tour to every customer to reflect your desired places of interest to visit. Choose from a vast range of stunning lakes & waterfalls with gorgeous views. Just choose your desired time frame and I will put together your ultimate Lake District Tour!! Thank YouSimon
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Stunning Lake District 6 Hour Tours!

This tour is a beautiful tour day out but is rough guide to your days travel, customers may amend the tour to suite there needs or wish list. Please contact Simon to alter your tour. Thank you.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Hire - Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside

Our Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Private Hire is the perfect tour for small groups of families or friends who wish to have a more intimate experience whilst travelling the Lake District. Our 6 seater Mercedes Viano is a luxury, comfortable minibus which will allow you to explore the Lakes in style.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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3 Day Best of the Lake District Tour from Liverpool

Explore the best of the Lake District on this 3-day experience from Liverpool, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and return transfers from Liverpool. Enjoy our Lake District from Liverpool Tour including highlights such as a lake cruise and visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead. You'll also join our High Adventure Tour which travels over two of the highest mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott, travel on a heritage ride and visit Muncaster Castle gardens. Finally you'll also experience our morning 1/2 day tour, including Six Lakes in a morning before traveling back to Liverpool that afternoon.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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4 Day Experience the Lake District & Hadrian's Wall Tour from Liverpool

Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the Lake District National Park on this 4-day experience from Liverpool, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and return transfers from Liverpool. Enjoy our Lake District from Manchester Tour including highlights such as a lake cruise and visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead. You'll also join our High Adventure Tour which travels over two of the highest mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott, travel on a heritage ride and visit Muncaster Castle gardens. As well as our Full Day Roman Britain & Hadrian's Wall Tour including the Roman Army Museum & Vindolanda. Finally you'll also experience our morning 1/2 day tour, including Six Lakes in a morning before traveling back to Liverpool that afternoon.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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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.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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