Cumbrian Way: Crossing the Lake District
A delightful walk in the English Lake District
A more contemporary way to get around the lake is aboard Coniston's two modern launches, which have been solar-powered since 2005.
There are two routes: the 45-minute Northern service calls at the Waterhead Hotel, Torver and Brantwood, while the 105-minute Southern service sails to the jetties at Torver, Water Park, Lake Bank, Sunny Bank and Brantwood via Peel Island. You can break your journey and walk to the next jetty. There are between five and nine daily trips, depending on the time of year.
As with the Gondola, commentated cruises on the Campbell story (adult/child £12/6, 4.40pm Tuesday) and Swallows and Amazons (£12.90/6.45, 4.40pm Wednesday). The cruises usually run from May to September depending on demand.