The third largest lake in the Lake District is Coniston Water measuring five miles long and half a mile wide. This is a very popular tourist attraction with a cafe bythe pier near the Coniston village and a place to hire rowing boats to explore the water yourself. The valley where the lake lies was created by glacial erosion many years ago and is easily described as stunning. The beauty of this area is why so many visitors come back time and time again.
The cafe here is where Donald Campbell came and had refreshments when he was trying to beat the world water speed record in between March 1921 and January 1967. He was trying to beat his own world record which he set some years prior. Unfortunately he tragically died in an attempt to reach 300 mph in January 1967, the boat `Bluebird' sadly did not survive the run and somersaulted before plunging nose first in to the water. The remains of Bluebird were located after four years of diving and the remains were recovered in 2001 followed by Donald Campbell being laid to rest in Coniston Churchyard by friends and family.
Boat trips can be taken on the lake by the Steam Yacht Gondola, this is an exact replica of the original gondola which was a popular tourist attraction here in Victorian times. The crew on board are very informative and enthusiastic about the history of this great boat, which includes the sinking and rising of the original boat many years ago. The service goes from Coniston Pier to Brantwood Jetty where you can visit Brantwood House and the amazing gardens. On the journey, you can sit, relax and enjoy the luxury of the boat combined with the magnificent scenery surrounding you.