Full Lake Cruise on Gondola

Gondola passengers relaxing in her open deck saloons in the summertime

Sail the entire length of Coniston Water aboard the majestic Steam Yacht Gondola on a 1 hour 45 minute Full Lake Cruise.

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This cruise starts at Coniston Pier and takes you to Lake Bank at the tranquil southernmost point of Coniston Water and then returns along the east shore, stopping (by request) at Parkamoor, Brantwood and Monk Coniston. On the way, you’ll hear about Gondola's long history and association with Coniston, from her Victorian heyday to her rescue and rebuild and relaunch 40 years ago.

This extended cruise will let you truly soak up the nostalgia of the bygone age of steam with enough silence for you to relax and notice all the sights, sounds and smells of this unique historic yacht.

There'll be enough time to hear about Donald Campbell and his pursuit of the world water speed record as well as the legacy of John Ruskin's work and his life at Brantwood. We'll tell you about Arthur Ransome, the famous author of 'Swallows and Amazons' who was inspired by Gondola and partly based Captain Flint's houseboat on her Venetian design. You'll pass by Wild Cat Island and other landmarks made famous by this world renowned book.

Cruise, walk and picnic

Why not combine your cruise with one of our walks? We’ve got a downloadable trail from Lake Bank, Parkamoor, Brantwood and Monk Coniston. Disembark at either jetty and extend your visit - just remember to plan your timings carefully as the Full lake cruise is the last cruise of the day so may not suitable for walking in late Autumn due to fading light. Dogs are welcome on the outer decks of Gondola. 

There are great picnic spots where you alight at any of our jetties - there's no better way to complete your day out than to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea spread out on a rug on the lakeshore, admiring the view of the dramatic Lake District fells.




Lake Bank jetty
Walking trail

Lake Bank to Coniston 

For a summertime excursion, take the 2.30pm Full Lake Cruise down to the tranquil southern end of Coniston Water at Lake Bank (not available in 2020) With long daylight hours, this is a rewarding 12km walk through the contrasting scenery of Beacon Fell and Coniston shoreline.