Lake cruises and group charters on Coniston Water in the Lake District
Photo: Coniston Water in the Lake District

activities around Coniston Water

This section of our web site describes a few of the activities available around Coniston Water - starting with a description of each jetty served by our launches.

jetties around the lake

Coniston boatlandings

From Coniston Village turn down Lake Road (just next to the Petrol Station) - you will find us just beyond the Bluebird Cafe. There are public toilets and a payphone. There is some free parking, but the main (grassed) car park is a Pay and Display. There is normally sufficient room except on the busiest of days in the school holidays. If you do have trouble parking then there is 'overspill parking' at John Ruskin secondary school in Lake Road (please make a donation to school funds!).

Things to do:

  • 'Lakeshore' walk - South to Torver or Sunny Bank
  • 'Fell" walk - Plenty of choice, coppermines, Old man, etc
  • eat at Bluebird Cafe (good swift service)
  • hire a rowing or sailing boat at the Coniston Boating Centre
  • hire Canadian Canoes or have other 'adventure' days with Summitreks
  • visit the Ruskin Museum in Coniston - get discounted admission with your launch ticket
  • visit shops, pubs, bank (cash machine in petrol station!) in Coniston village

Waterhead Hotel

This jetty is in the grounds of the Waterhead Hotel, being at the end of their garden. It is an easy flat walk to the hotel (200yds). There is car parking available at the hotel which is open for coffee, tea and light refreshments. Many of our groups book here for lunch or afternoon tea, and if you are thinking of staying in the area why not call them on 015394 41244. Just north of the jetty are two boathouses. It was from the stone quay upon which they are built that copper ore from the fells was shipped onto rowing barges and transported to the south of the lake at Nibthwaite.

Things to do:

  • 'Lakeshore' walk - To Coniston or Coniston Boatlandings
  • bus interchange with Stagecoach 505 service and the Cross Lakes Shuttle

Brantwood

Providing direct access to Brantwood Garden, this jetty provides the ideal introduction to the property. It is on two levels to facilitate access as the water depth varies according to the rainfall. Immediately shoreward from the jetty is the delightful 'harbour' constructed by John Ruskin for his rowing boat the 'Jumping Jenny'. This boat is now on display in the carriage house at Brantwood.

Things to do:

  • visit Brantwood House
  • visit Brantwood garden
  • visit the Craft Gallery
  • eat at the Brantwood cafe
  • 'Lakeshore' walk - North along country lane
  • 'Fell" walk - East into Grizedale

Lake Bank

Lake Bank is at the very foot of the lake on the western side. It was bought in early 1999 by the Rawdon-Smith Trust (who own the bed of the lake) and they lease us the right to provide a service from this point. It is the oldest site for a public jetty on the lake and has been in use since 1860 when one-day tours were brought here by Steam Packet, rail and trap from Liverpool. This is a really delightful part of the lake, little visited and totally unspoiled.

Things to do:

  • 'Lakeshore' walk - around the foot of the Lake on country lanes
  • 'Fell' walk - Beacon Crag via Water Yeat
  • 'Fell' walk - to Grizedale via Nibthwaite
  • picnic - by lakeshore

Sunny Bank

This is a floating jetty. Those passengers that remember having to negotiate the 'plank' to access the pontoons will no doubt be disappointed to learn that there is now a proper fixed ramp - sorry to spoil your fun! Just up the path from the jetty there is an old Wesleyan chapel - and we have had several wedding parties hire our boats for a post-service sail (mind you the bride is advised to wear - white ... wellies)!

Things to do:

  • 'Lakeshore' walk - northwards to Torver
  • 'Fell' walk - to Beacon Crag
  • picnic - by lakeshore - a really lovely quiet spot to rest and enjoy the world

Torver

This is a floating jetty, held to the lake bed by anchor-weights. It means that it is easy to access the launches whatever the water height. There is no road access and it is intended either for walkers, or for those staying in the nearby camping and caravan sites. This jetty adjoins private land and we are grateful to the Hext estate for granting us an annual licence for its use. The adjoining woodland is a delight to walk in - and only goes to show how valuable it is that we should keep conifers in the Lake District as well as broad leaved trees. You can either walk back to Coniston Boatlandings or, if you want a really delightful lakeshore walk, you can head south and pick up a launch at Sunny Bank landing.

Things to do:

  • 'Lakeshore' walk - northwards to Coniston
  • 'Lakeshore' walk - south to Sunny Bank
  • 'Fell' walk - to Old man via Torver (pubs!)
  • picnic - by lakeshore - a great place