Help & FAQs
Find the answers to our frequently asked questions.
How long does the lake cruise last?
We offer regular services covering two different circular routes on Coniston Water:
- Northern Service (red route) is 45 minutes.
- Wild Cat Island Cruise (yellow route) is 60 minutes.
- Southern Lake Themed Cruises (green route) are 90 minutes.
See cruise times for more details.
How much does a lake cruise cost?
Around the lake tickets are available which allow you to either stay on the launch for the full cruise, or to hop-on and hop-off the boat as much as you like at any of the six jetties around the lake, until you return to point of departure.
Single fares are also available to any of the points around the lake.
See cruise fares for more details.
Can I take my dog on the lake cruise?
We are happy to carry dogs on board both our boats, they are allowed in the cabins, but NOT on the seats! Please note that you can take a dog around Brantwood garden – but not inside the house (there is a tying rail there for your (its?) use. We charge 50p for a dog (free to working guide dogs) on any of our journeys. The founders of Coniston Launch owned Flatcoated Retrievers, and you could find Saga, Folly or Epic aboard the boats. In recognition of the enjoyment that these dogs gave to the vast majority of our customers all Flatcoated Retrievers still travel free of charge today.
Do you offer special rates for groups and private charters?
Yes, a discount is available for groups and private charters for 10 or more people. You can either book onto the normal scheduled launches, for either a round the lake cruise or for single journeys to different points around the lake i.e. to walk between two points.
See groups for more details.
Is disabled access available?
We have made our launches more accessible to those with mobility problems. There are handrails on both boats and we have modified our Coniston and Torver jetties so that they are floating pontoons that maintain a constant height – level with the gunwale of the launches. Whilst we cannot offer full wheelchair access we can carry small folding wheelchairs and are happy to assist any disabled person to board the boat.
Can I board with a pushchair?
We are happy to carry your pushchair provided we have the space. From simple beginnings these devices have become technological masterpieces, however the designers seem to have neglected true ‘foldability’, particularly on the ‘trike’ type. Because of the space they take up, and their awkwardness we are now charging £1.00 for all but the very smallest and folded pushchair. Please note that we cannot be responsible for the various ‘baby things’ like milk bottles that have a tendency to leap into the lake!
Around Coniston Water
Where can I eat and drink around Coniston Water?
There are many places around the shores of Coniston where you can find refreshments. Both hotels and cafes just a short stroll from the jetties offer a warm welcome.
See food and drink guides for info on eating places around Coniston Water.