South Lake Cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola
New for 2020: Steam your way across Coniston Water aboard a unique historic yacht to the start of a beautiful Lakeland walking route with perfect picnic spots.
Now you can get out a bit earlier and pack more into your day, heading out at 10.45am daily, so you can cruise, picnic, walk and cruise back.
This a great way to experience the Lake District just as wealthy Victorian tourists once did. With your walking boots and map in hand, we'll transport you to the start of some wonderful trails on the east shore.
The route and timings
Departing at 10.45am from Coniston Pier daily from 27 March until 31 October, Gondola will head south. You'll see landmarks connected to the famous book 'Swallows and Amazons' written by Arthur Ransome such as 'Wild Cat Island' and Donald Campbell's 'measured mile' marker before dropping you off at Parkamoor at 11.15am. From here, you've got easy and harder route options, either to Brantwood where you can pick Gondola up again or continue to Tarn Hows or Monk Coniston.
We highly recommend using an OS map to plan your day. The Parkamoor to Brantwood trail can be downloaded from our website below..
For a longer cruise, stay aboard and continue to Brantwood, arriving at 11.40am. Here, you can either walk to Tarn Hows or Monk Coniston with the option to catch Gondola back on a later sailing or walk all the way back to Coniston. Alternatively, you can hop off to enjoy all that Brantwood has to offer. It is also possible to walk back from Brantwood to Parkamoor but watch your timings as the last cruise back is at 3.55pm daily.
What does it cost?
Fares apply to all passengers. National Trust members are entitled to a 10% reduction on all round trip cruises.
Round trip fares: Adult: £17, Child £8.50, Family £38
Coniston Pier to Parkamoor: Adult (South Lake cruise walkers ticket) £10, Child £5.50, Family £22