Coniston Water
Ambleside, Central Lakes

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Coniston Water
Canoes on Coniston Water

Coniston Water is the third largest of the lakes and is located high up in the southern Lake District. It is 5 miles long and has a maximum depth of up to 184 feet and is the third largest of all the lakes.

In the 13th and 14th Centuries the lake provided fish for the monks of Fountains Abbey who owned the lake and much of its surrounding area at the time. Then more recently Coniston Water was used to transport ore and slate from the mines in the Coppermines Valley above the village of Coniston. The lake has three small islands which are all owned by the National Trust.

Coniston Water is surrounded by wooded banks and contains little islands making it a wonderful setting. Boats (apart from power boats) can be launched and sailing dinghies and windsurfing boards can be hired from around the slipway. You can take a trip along the lake on a Coniston Launch and can stop of on the way to take walks at your leisure. At the southern end of the lake is Peel Island which is known as 'Wild Cat Island' in Arthur Ransom's famous book 'Swallows and Amazons'. The National Trusts Steam Yacht Gondola operates on Coniston Water.

In 1939 Sir Malcolm Campbell attempted the water speed record at Coniston Water, which he achieved at over 141 miles per hour. After Malcolm died his son Donald carried on in his fathers foot steps. On January 4th 1967 Donald broke 300 miles per hour, but he died on doing so as the craft, 'bluebird' flew up into the air and disappeared into the lake. There is a memorial to him near Ruskin Avenue in Coniston, and at the Lakeland Museum there is an exhibition called the 'Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition' which features Sir Malcolm Donald and his...