Coniston Water

Coniston Water is the fifth largest of the lakes, at five miles long, and with a maximum depth of 184 feet. It provided an important fish source for the monks of Furness Abbey who owned the lake and much of the surrounding land in the 13th and 14th Centuries Perhaps most famous for the adventurous exploits of Donald Campbell in his legendary Bluebird craft. In addition,  infamous as the location of the record-breaking speed king’s untimely and tragic death. Coniston water is one of the Southern Lake District’s most popular lakes, surrounded by famous villages and stunning woodland. Under the popular peak, Coniston Old Man, this is also the scene of the classic children’s tale, Swallows and Amazons. Why not bring a canoe along and re-live their adventures? You can also sail on the Coniston Launch or the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola if your arms tire easily… The trip to get there is just as picturesque as the views upon arrival, too.

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