Coniston Cruise - South Lake

Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water

This cruise is packed with cultural highlights and historical gems as you head south into 'Swallows and Amazons' and Donald Campbell territory, with an optional stop off at John Ruskin’s home, Brantwood.

The route and timings - High Season 

High season dates: 

  • From Monday 24 May until Sunday 12 September inclusive 

In the high season, the south cruise sails twice a day, giving you the perfect chance to leave the car behind in Coniston and head to east shore of the lake for a family day out on and by the water. 

Departing first at 10.45am from Coniston Pier daily, Gondola will head south on this hour long cruise. The first stop is Parkamoor jetty at 11.20, a lovely spot for a picnic or walk, catching a later sailing back.

For a longer cruise, stay aboard and continue to Brantwood, arriving at 11.35am. Here, you have the option to hop off and enjoy all that Brantwood has to offer (none National Trust but your Gondola ticket gives you a discount from the Brantwood Trust. See their website for details and opening information for the House & Garden), catching Gondola back on a sailing later in the day. The final stop is back at Coniston Pier at 11.45. 

In the afternoons during the high season there is a second cruise heading south, departing from Coniston Pier at 13.40; the first stop is at Parkamoor at 14.15. From there Gondola steams on to Brantwood, arriving at 14.35 before finishing back at Coniston at 14.40. 

You may break up your round trip ticket by hopping off at any jetty and re-joining the vessel later, subject to there being available space and conditions on the day. Please discuss your plans with the crew before you disembark.

The route and timings - Low Season 

Low season dates: 

  • From Monday 13 September to Sunday 31 October (No sailings on Fridays)

Departing at 12noon from Coniston Pier daily from 12 April, Gondola will head south on this hour long cruise (no saililngs on Fridays in Low Season). You'll see landmarks connected to the famous 'Swallows and Amazons' books written by Arthur Ransome, such as 'Wild Cat Island'. As well as Donald Campbell's 'measured mile' marker, as you follow the course of the speed-king’s final voyage. 

Peel Island, or 'Wildcat Island' from Swallows & Amazons
Peel Island
Peel Island, or 'Wildcat Island' from Swallows & Amazons

The first stop is Parkamoor jetty at 12.35, a lovely spot for a picnic or walk, catching the later sailing back at 14.45.

For a longer cruise, stay aboard and continue to Brantwood, the home of philosopher John Ruskin, arriving at 12.55pm. Here, you have the option to hop off and enjoy all that Brantwood House & Gardens have to offer (none National Trust, but your Gondola ticket gives you a discount from the Brantwood Trust. See their website for details and opening information for the House & Garden), catching Gondola back on a later 15.05 sailing.

Please note that Gondola can only call in at these jetties if conditions allow.

What does it cost?

Round trip fares: Adult: £17, Child £8.50, Family £42.50

Coniston Pier to Parkamoor: Adult (South Lake cruise ticket) £10, Child £5, Family £25.

Fares apply to all passengers. National Trust members are entitled to a 10% reduction on all round trip cruises.

See you on board!

Gondola steaming across Coniston Water

Book your cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola

Enjoy an historic boat trip on Coniston Water aboard Steam Yacht Gondola. Plan your visit and book tickets here.

Steam yacht gondola moored in Coniston

2021 Timetable and Passenger Information

You might find this passenger information for 2021 useful: route maps of the three different sailings and the Low and High Season Timetables, plus contact details.