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 Thursday 14th April to Monday 18th April  (Easter).
  • From Monday 16th May to Sunday 18th September inclusive.
  • Please note there are no Friday sailings until 22 July. 

In the high season, the south cruise sails twice a day (excluding Fridays) 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. Please note on Fridays the 10.45 sailing will not be available. 

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 11.25, 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 11.40am. 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 13.45; the first stop is at Parkamoor at 14.20. From there Gondola steams on to Brantwood, arriving at 14.40 before finishing back at Coniston at 14.45. 

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 Saturday 26 March to Wednesday 13 April. 
  •  From Tuesday 19 April to Sunday 15 May.
  •  From Monday 19 September to Sunday 30 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: £17.50, Child £8.75, Family £43.75

Coniston Pier to Parkamoor: Adult (South Lake cruise ticket) £12.50, Child £6.75, 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

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