Coniston Water information
Coniston's gleaming 5-mile lake – the third largest in the Lake District after Windermere and Ullswater – is a half-mile walk from town along Lake Rd.
Along with its connections to the Campbells, the lake is famous for inspiring Arthur Ransome's classic children's tale Swallows & Amazons . Peel Island, towards the southern end of Coniston Water, supposedly provided the model for Wild Cat Island in the book. Both of Coniston's launch boats provide special cruises exploring Ransome's links with Coniston.
The best way to explore the lake is by paddle. Dinghies, rowing boats, canoes and kayaks can be hired from the Coniston Boating Centre , or you can cheat and hire a motorboat instead.