Full lake cruises

Gondola's sea serpent
Gondola heading out on a full lake cruise Paul Harris / National Trust images

Experience the true majesty of Coniston Water, sailing the entire length of the lake whilst soaking up the unique atmosphere of Steam Yacht Gondola.

Our full lake cruise will take you all the way down from Coniston Pier through ‘the narrows’ to Lake Bank at the southern end of the lake and back up via Parkamoor, Brantwood and Monk Coniston at the northern end.

On the way, you’ll hear about Coniston’s famous connections from our crew. Their commentary brings to life the history of this lake with tales about:

  • Donald Campbell and his pursuit of the world water speed record
  • the places that Arthur Ransome wrote about in Swallows and Amazons (you’ll pass by ‘Wild Cat Island’ and other famous landmarks on your cruise)
  • the legacy of John Ruskin’s work and his life at Brantwood
  • the development of Coniston village from mining town to tourist centre
  • the colourful history of Gondola and how she was rescued from a watery grave on the lake bed

The cruise lasts approximately 105 minutes and departs from Coniston Pier on weekdays at 2.30pm, and on weekends at 11am.

Walkers’ Cruise

The Saturday morning cruise is also used by walkers to disembark at either Lake Bank or Parkamoor for one of our recommended walks (see Lake Bank and Parkamoor trail guides).


Full lake cruise - Adult: £20.50, Child: £10, Family: £51 (2 adults, 3 children)

Lake Bank walkers' cruise - Adult: £11, Child: £5.50, Family: £27.50

Parkamoor walkers' cruise - Adult: £15, Child: £8, Family: £38 (the price includes a return sailing from Brantwood jetty to Coniston pier).

Aerial view of Steam Yacht Gondola
Steam Yacht Gondola from the air
National Trust / Merryn Smith