Enjoy Coniston at its very best by cruising and walking this Autumn

Throughout September and until 25 October, The National Trust are offering walkers the chance to cruise or perhaps cruisers the chance to walk.

For fourteen dates during these 2 months, Coniston can be enjoyed in all its glory both on land and on water. Native tree species line almost the entire circumference of Coniston Water making this location one of the most stunning in the Lake District at this time of year. The colours are changing perfectly now and will continue to produce the most vibrant of yellows, oranges and flashes of red for the next few weeks.

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The steam yacht gondala on Coniston

The cruise down Coniston Water will take place on the steam yacht gondola, the rebuilt Victoria vessel that is a must to go on when visiting this area. Stepping onto the gondola is like stepping back in time and is an excellent way to view the scenery surrounding the lake, hopefully catch a sigh of Coniston Old Man and view Brantwood, the once home of John Ruskin.

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Coniston Water in the Autumn

At 11am visitors board the gondola from Coniston pier and steam right down to the southern tip of the lake. There’s a few choice then from there. Either disembark at the Lake Bank stop and take the lake shore route back to Coniston pier and the village. This is a low level, leisurely walk. If a bit of height is preferred then the route back over Beacon Fell is more challenging but gives great views. A further option can be to keep on the gondola, disembark at Parkamoor on the eastern side of the lake which offers a mixture of woodland and fell routes back to Coniston. This route goes past Brantwood so the day can be combined with a visit here and handily, the gondola tickets can be used from the Brantwood jetty. To book walkers’ cruise tickets, contact the booking office on 015394 32733.

Coniston is definitely an excellent choice for a short break or holiday at this time of year and with the fair weather continuing, it has never been a better year. Self catering short breaks and holidays in various locations around Coniston can be found at The Lakeland Cottage Company with weekend breaks starting at £334. To check availability and cottages, click here.