Coniston Water
Coniston Water
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  • SageTraveler
    722 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very calming
    Though Windermere and Ullswater get most of the Lake's waterway attention, Coniston is spacious and deep. We parked off the road and hike or mile to a picnic spot. Most visitors are in the water, enjoying the kayaking & canoeing. During summer months, a yacht tours the Coniston. Informal picnic spots abound on both sides of the lake. But folks are here for the water, gentle & cool for a swim. Toddlers dip their plastic containers into the shoreline tide, gathering water, then pouring it out.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Carole G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coniston Launch to Brantwood House with Nat and Dave
    Wonderful views even topped with clouds. Lovely cruise with Nat and Save on Coniston Launch....plenty of stories of history of the Lake with humour. Two hours at Ruskin's Brantwood House was plenty of time to see, read and experience the House, Garden and cafe.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • pesue1
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom618 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely lake
    Not easy to park, but this is another lovely lake to visit, there are lovely walks around the lake and surrounding areas including the old man of coniston. The town is attractive with lots of places to see and do. Including the Donald Cambell museum and steamship trips, gets very busy but worthwhile
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 12, 2023
  • DanniiC
    Clitheroe, United Kingdom206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catch up walk with friends
    Went for a walk with friends, the view was stunning & lots of beauty to be seen. Lots of people where out, with family, dogs being walked & the lake was lovely. We went for a swim in the lake & their was lots of people that where also doing the same. Best to go early if you want to do this as it gets busy.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 8, 2024
  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little piece of paradise!
    Although popular it is less frantic than other lakes. At times, it exudes peace and tranquillity. There’s plenty to see…and do and there is an excellent lakeside cafe aptly named the Bluebird. Parking is available in the centre of the village - a pleasant walk from the lake or by the lake itself. Both are pay and display. It always makes me smile to hear people complaining about the price of car parking given the fantastic views across and on the lake and are more than willing to spend a small fortune on a pint of beer! There are several options for sailing on the lake but the most iconic has got to be the steam gondola. It may not be the cheapest but, come on, make an occasion of the sail! The village itself is dominated by the brooding mass of the Old Man of Coniston with its links to copper mining. If a lakeside walk, then there is good path to the left of the cafe which I follows the road around the head of the lake. It’s possible to walk to Brentwood along this path. The views down the lake on a clear sunny day are superb. Highly recommended to visit this lake.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2024
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Victoria N
Gateshead, UK3,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I parked in the Monk Coniston Water car park recently which was £3.50 for the first two hours. I was able to walk literally about 100 yards up to the pier, then the rest of the route around the lake was blocked off. For the town I recommend on street parking which is free, then simply walk in to town. If you require a toilet I would use the facilities at Monk car park as in town there is a 50p charge to use the public toilet.
Written April 10, 2023
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Tammi G
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We decided to visit here for the day as previously been to windermere & lakeside, it was a very hot day in august so extremely busy but we managed to grab a spot to sit near the waters edge & did not feel concerned about social distancing where we were sat or where we paddled, dog and OH had a lovely swim in the lake, OH said hes never felt water so warm. Absolutely stunning surroundings and we had a wander through the centre of the village which had plenty of choice for food and drink. Look forward to returning and staying longer
Written August 13, 2020
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Shelley B
England, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a must visit if you in the area. I recommend going early as it gets mobbed. We had a lovely picnic under a tree to the right of the cafe on the grassed area. We had beautiful views until it got mobbed and then social distancing went out the window. I think some people have forgotten about the pandemic that is happening around the world. The cafe is really nice we had ice creams and cups of teas from there but nothing else as we had a picnic. They are doing “ eat out to help out in the cafe during August so definitely worth going Monday to Wednesday. The car park is quite big they also have an over spill car park as well. Take your costume and towel as it’s a lovely swim.
Written August 15, 2020
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RaynesMark
Wimbledon267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Close to the overrated lake Windermere, Coniston is close, as the crow flies, but following a long winding road journey. It is a bit prettier than Windermere and its waters cleaner. It seems more popular with causal watersports folk and swimmers. A river cuts down from Coniston village into the lake. When I visited there was a real mix of people there, from the young and beautiful, to couples and even a large group with a barbecue going. Where Coniston wins out over Windermere, is less people, more space and a generally more attractive place. Coniston village is between 20 minutes and 30 minutes away on foot, though there is some parking at the lake. The village is fairly pretty has a few decent looking pubs and takeaways. It has a calmer feel about it. The only negative here was the grumpy girl serving in the garage, no serving is the wrong word.
Written July 25, 2021
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Virbhadeshwar S
Aldershot, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Visited this place for first time with not great expectations.. but the place blew my mind . This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited . The way to this place was so picturesque that I can’t tell in words . It has to be experienced personally. Then used the gandola 1860 steam boat to take the tour of the lake and it’s worth the money. Such a experience that even my kids age 4 & 9 loved single minute of the lake drive . It’s a must visit place … loved it to bits
Written April 16, 2022
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Onceawaitress
Haywards Heath, UK525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We cycled all the way round the lake and it was a lovely ride. The road on the East side was closed to traffic due to inconsiderate parking but made it great to cycle. The lake is much quieter and less commercialised than Windermere so peaceful and quiet,
Written August 27, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We stopped off at Coniston Water on our way north to Keswick, and it provided a great introduction to the Lake District, especially as we had booked a trip on the steam yacht Gondola, which was thoroughly enjoyable.

Coniston Water is the longest lake in the Lake District, at 5 miles long. As such, it has been popular for attempts to break the water speed record, most famously by Donald Campbell who tragically died, having achieved 320 mph, when his hydroplane Bluebird somersaulted and crashed.

Eminent people who owned houses along the lake include John Ruskin and Arthur Ransome. All are celebrated in the Ruskin Museum in Coniston, while Ruskin is also buried in the churchyard.

The journey along the lake on Gondola, originally built in 1859 and now owned and operated by the National Trust, provided splendid views of the lake, the hills, Ruskin's and Ransome's houses - and the autumn clouds!!
Written October 26, 2020
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mgsnorwich
Norwich, UK966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Cumbrian Way follows the West Bank of Coniston Water and makes an excellent, easy walk as far down the lakeside as you want to go. Returning on the same path you get different views of The Old Man and across the water to Brantwood, Ruskin’s home. It is also interesting to see the various boats on the water from paddle boards to the famous steam powered Gondola.
Written September 11, 2020
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Paul Symonds
Haverhill, UK473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Coniston is a beautiful lake and has boats for hire and launch’s for sight seeing trips. It is very well known for Donald Campbell’s water speed record attempts in 1967 where he perishEd on the lake when his super high speed boat Bluebird flipped. There is a cafe which is lovely and named the Bluebird Cafe and a memorial between the cafe and the car park in his honour. A magical place to visit.
Written September 28, 2020
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK6,160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We luckily booked last year for a week in The Lakes so visiting when everything was starting to get back to “normal” was lovely & quiet.
During our stay we visited Coniston Waters twice including a boat trip.
Beautiful & peaceful place to walk.
I would imagine in “normal” times it is very busy with parking difficult.
Definitely recommend a boat trip as that is when you see the true beauty.
In May we were blessed with some good weather days & snow capped mountains.
Written May 13, 2021
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