Coniston Water is about five miles long and half a mile wide. Above its western shore, the mountain of the Old Man of Coniston towers above the lake and the village.
The lake is about half a mile down from the village, where you can hire boats and bikes from Coniston Boating Centre (opens in new window). There are shops, pubs and places to eat in the village.
Brantwood (opens in new window) overlooking the eastern shore, John Ruskin's home, is open to visitors with its beautiful gardens and views. The Ruskin Museum (opens in new window) in the village features an exhibition about Sir Donald Campbell, who was killed in 1967 making an attempt on the world speed record in his speedboat Bluebird.
Have a great family day out at Coniston. Pre-book motor boats, canoes, bikes and more!Things to do in Coniston
This pretty village's cobbled lanes are best explored by foot. There are many pubs, shops and cafes. You can see Wordsworth's schoolboy signature carved in a desk at Hawkshead Grammar School. The Beatrix Potter Gallery (opens in new window) occupies rooms once used by the solicitor William Heelis, Potter's husband.
This small lake, just two miles long, near Hawkshead is privately owned. However there is a footpath to the lake from the road just south of Hawkshead which follows the shore for a short time. There is also a small public access area by the lake shore just before Near Sawrey.
There are regular buses to Coniston from Ambleside and Hawkshead (service 505, Stagecoach) and from Ulverston and Barrow (Service X112, Blueworks Travel) For more details and links to timetables see Travel and Transport
Swimmers may be able to see boaters but boaters may not be able to see swimmers!
Take a look at the photos below. If you were steering a boat, which swimmer is easier to spot?
Exposure to cool water can rapidly lead to hypothermia
Other people use the lakes too! Windermere, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Ullswater are busy with boats. People on boats may struggle to see swimmers. A collision with any boat can be fatal.
Swimmers and other lake users may be in any area of the lake at any time of day or night.
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