2 thoughts on “Coniston Water

  1. See Lake District Meeting 2017 under Events or http://www.swallowyachtsassociation.org/?page_id=17

    This is a loosely organised meeting but hopefully sailing in good company at a beautiful and historic location. Skippers take full responsibility for the safety of their boat, crew and others although I’m sure newcomers will be given a warm welcome and advice if they want it.

    I recommend launching at based at Coniston Boat Centre and camping at Old Hall campsite.

    CONISTON BOAT CENTRE emailed me the following advice:

    1. Launch Ramp (self-launch)
    You are able to self-launch/recover, if you feel confident with the vehicle you are using for this there is a daily launch/recovery fee which will be listed below.
    Should you need or want it, there is tractor assisted launch/recovery by us, between 0900 – 1700, this fee will be listed below also.

    2. Mooring (Overnight/camping on board)
    You are able to spend the night on your vessel. At the moment there are no moorings or mooring services, and there is no approved anchorage. Users usually spending the night on the water tend to be fisherman, and so their vessel is always under command. I may have a solution to this for you though.

    3. Trailer & Car Parking
    We have a car park! There is free parking available around The Bluebird Café however this fills up quickly. Trailers are usually left parked on the beach in front of the café after launch, so they are accessible for recovery without having to tow in and out of the paid car park, as this can be tricky during busy times.

    4. Other
    There are no limitations on vehicle size.
    Vessels longer than 26ft cannot be launched on Coniston Water.
    Coniston Boating Centre runs the only non-privately owned pier/jetty on Coniston Water. To use any other pier/jetty you would need to acquire permission from the landowner prior to arrival.

    This is the same situation with shore-line access.
    If you know where you would like access to I can do my best to find out who owns that pier/jetty and put you in touch with them.

    Launching Fees (daily)
    Up to 12ft £5.00
    12ft to 16ft £8.00
    16ft to 20ft £12.00
    20ft to 26ft £15.00

    Assisted Launch 0900 – 1700
    Up to 26ft £15.00

    Overnight Storage at Coniston Boating Centre Secure Premises: £10

    In terms of booking in advance to avoid queues; I am happy to come down early (before 9am) and launch all the vessels for you, or provide you with the gate combination so you can let yourselves in, so you beat the ‘rush’. You mentioned possibly camping at a local campsite, if you are still wanting to do so I am happy to do this for the 3 days (21.07.92 – 23.07.92). We can store your craft overnight and launch/recover daily as it sounds like you would be wanting to sleep on board if staying overnight.

    In terms of cost, I have listed our tariffs above. If this daily launch and recovery is something you would be interested in; as you’ve provided prior notice I can work out a package deal to include all your craft.

    To do this I would need to know, exactly:

    -How many vessels you would like the package deal to include. Any additional vessels (anyone jumping in last minute, if you follow) would be charged at the regular rates listed above.

    -The sizes of the vessels (roughly to the nearest ft. would suffice).

    -What time you would like to launch, if assistance is required, as I would need to coordinate the team.

    I hope this is of use, if I can provide any additional help please don’t hesitate to contact me either via this email or shaun.atkinson@lakedistrict.gov.uk

    Kind Regards,
    Shaun Atkinson
    Coniston Boating Centre.

    Please note it may be possible to use the Coniston Sailing Club facilities BUT the lane down to the Sailing Club and Conistone Old Hall Campsite is very narrow with tight bends, so unsuitable for boats trailers of 20ft and above.


    Coniston Old Hall Campsite is on the Lake shore within walking distance of Coniston village (and pubs!) and the Coniston Boat Centre. I recommend we all launch and park our trailers at Coniston Boat Centre because of the excellent facilities, willing staff and to avoid towing boats down the very narrow twisting lanes to the Coniston Old Hall.

    Specific pitches at Coniston Old Hall cannot be reserved, so it will unlikely we can all pitch in one place. However, as we will can pull the boats up and meet up on the campsite beach I don’t think this is a worry.

    If you wish to stay at Coniston Old Hall please book directly by phoning 01539 441223. Bookings for Coniston Hall Campsite cannot be made until 1st March, after it is first come, first served, so book early to avoid disappointment 🙁 .

    Coniston Old Hall (COH) Campsite 2016 prices (not confirmed for 2017 yet) are:

    Campervans welcome but no hook-ups

    Here are some extracts from the website at https://conistonhallcampsite.wordpress.com/coniston-camping/

    On Site Facilities:
    o Hot Water
    o Flush Toilets
    o Showers
    o Shaver Points
    o Washing Facilities
    o Launderette
    o Chemical Toilet Disposal
    o Site Shop
    o Gas
    o Fishing on Site
    o Local Shop
    o Pets Welcome
    o Parking by Unit

    “The ground is hard though; without a mallet you’ll be bending a few pegs and swearing a bit no doubt. But the location is lovely. The forest is full of birdsong, and there’s also goats, chicken and peacocks ( not including Matthew Peacock, ;D) that live on the site, so there’s always some natural noises going on. There is no electricity hook up at all on site, but reception will charge anything such as phones, laptops or camera batteries, for 50p an item. Drinking water is piped through 3 or 4 standpipes, and there are several rubbish collection points.”

    BR20 Gladys
    M: 0785 606 3284

  2. Matthew, I’ve accomodation booked up through the same dates as John Perry. I plan to bring up BRe44 and take part in the rally. Looking forward to seeing you in July.

    Mark Kingsley
    Lorikeet BRe44

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