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

Coniston Launch - location

Coniston Water lies in the southerly part of the English Lake District, about 5 miles to the West of Windermere:

by car

From the North there is a good road from Ambleside via the foot of the Langdale Valley (Skelwith) and through Yewdale. From the East the approach is from Hawkshead over a steeply graded road with a couple of 'hairpin' bends. There is ample parking at High Cross (the top of Hawkshead Hill) for those wanting to enjoy a walk down to our jetties.

From the South there are two routes that join at Torver. That from the old market town of Broughton in Furness, and the road that runs from Greenodd via Lowick to meet the southern end of Coniston Water at Blawith.

Parking is possible in Coniston village, either along the roadside or at the pay Car Park by the Tourist Information Centre. There is lakeside parking (pay and display - 3 for 4 hours) at the Boatlandings. If this area is full you can park for a modest sum in the local secondary school in Lake Road and walk down to the Boatlandings. There is car parking at the Waterhead Hotel near the North end of the lake.

by service bus

Stagecoach Cumbria runs the 'Coniston Rambler', an hourly service (505) from Windermere and Ambleside.

Take advantage of the 'Ruskin Explorer' ticket including fares for Bus and Boat, plus Brantwood House. The 505 Stagecoach service runs from Windermere and Ambleside. Alternatively take the 525 Cross Lakes Experience from Bowness, via boat & bus. Buses interchange at the Waterhead Hotel where you can, if you wish, enjoy light refreshments before boarding the launch. Traveline 0871 200 2233 for bus timetables followed by Cumbria area code 874.

Cross Lakes Shuttle

This service links Bowness, Hawkshead, Grizedale and Coniston Water using Windermere Lake Cruises launch from Bowness (Pier 3) to Ferry House, then Mountain Goat minibus to Hawkshead where you transfer to the Stagecoach bus. The interchange with our Northern Cruise is, again, at the Waterhead Hotel, Coniston. You just buy ONE TICKET that covers all these services. For further details of this enjoyable service phone Traveline on 0870 6082608.

by private coach

If you are bringing a group by coach then there are free coach spaces at Coniston Boatlandings and at the Waterhead Hotel if you are using their facilities. You can approach Coniston by any of the routes identified for cars except from Broughton (the road is too narrow in places).