Coniston Launch runs boat trips and special themed cruises on Coniston Water, which retains the true qualities of peace, remoteness and adventure that will appeal to the true ‘laker’. Here it is possible to escape for a while and enjoy the Lake District that has almost ceased to exist.
There are two traditional timber launches which are named after very different writers who had close associations with Coniston. M.L.Ruskin was built in Chester in 1922 and saw war service on minesweeping duties, while her sister ship M.L.Ransome was built a year later in Portsmouth and was also requisitioned by the Admiralty.
In 2005 the Coniston launches “Ruskin” and “Ransome” were converted to solar-electric power and on sunny days the solar panels can provide two-thirds of the power needed to run the boats.
Coniston Launch Services & Cruises
Coniston Launch Northern cruise is around 45 minutes and calls at Waterhead jetty (bus interchange), Torver and Brantwood, (once the home of John Ruskin, then back to Coniston jetty.
Coniston Launch Southern cruise lasts about 90 minutes and also calls at Torver, Lake Bank, Sunny Bank and Brantwood before returning to Coniston.
Coniston Launch Wild Cat Island Cruise is about 60 minutes and calls at Torver, Sunny Bank and Brantwood before returning to Coniston.
All Coniston Launch services include a live commentary. Winter sailings are also available but with a restricted timetable. You may also join and depart the launch at any landing stage, space on the boat permitting.
There are special interest cruises which cover the route and follow the history of Donald Campbell’s attempt to break the World Water Speed Record in 1966/7. Another special interest cruise explores the locations used by Arthur Ransome in his much loved ‘Swallows and Amazons’ children’s books.
Coniston Launch Visitor Information
Contact : Coniston Pier. Tel 015394 36216
Timetable, Fares & Online booking : www.conistonlaunch.co.uk
The Steam Yacht Gondola also runs boat trips on Coniston.
Lovely places to stay nearby:
- The Coppermines – Holiday Cottage Agency based in Coniston village
- Forest Field – 4* holiday cottage for 2 in a tranquil location 4 miles south of Coniston Water
Grid Reference: SD 308970