Coniston Water. The Lake District
Coniston Water is one of my favourite bodies of water. Partly for the views, partly for the memories. I grew up about 30 minutes from here so a lot of summer afternoons were spent here. I didn’t do very well in college, but I can do a mean cannonball off the piers.
Coniston water is 5 miles long by half a mile wide famously known for the water speed records set by Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald Campbell. The attempts to break the 300 mile an hour record which unfortunately killed Donald Campbell before the boat sank into the water. The boat has been restored so may make another appearance one day.
There are a few car parks along the East side of the water which have easy access to the water. Or you can climb onto the surrounding hills such as Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag, Wetherlam for a higher view of the water. There are also smaller hills such as Torver common which also get great views of Coniston. From the waters edge you get good views across the water and on a clear day you will get a mirror image which can be picturesque.
I like coming here for Astrophotography too, there’s not too much light pollution and it looks awesome with the stars reflecting in the water.
Beginner – Minimal effort required.
Coniston Water offers great views across the water, looking at the famous Peel Island from Swallows and Amazons as well as up into the surrounding Lake District fells