Coniston Launch

Location: Coniston

Open for business

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.

image of Coniston Launch on Coniston Water in the Lake District

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.

image of Coniston Launch with green fields and trees behind, on Coniston Water in the Lake District

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.

image of passengers on board the Coniston Launch on Coniston Water in the Lake District

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.
Owing to the current situation we recommend that you check the website of this business before travelling for up to date information on what restrictions are in operation at this venue. Most venues need to be pre-booked and some will have reduced hours and/or timed-ticketing.

Coniston Launch Visitor Information

Contact : Coniston Pier. Tel 017687 75753
Timetable, Fares & Online booking :

The Steam Yacht Gondola also runs boat trips on Coniston.
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Grid Reference: SD 308970