Couple canoeing up a river

Watersports in Coniston

Overview

This lovely area is great for water sports, so whatever mode of water transport takes your fancy, take the plunge and enjoy some fun on, or in, the water!

Gorge scrambling in Church Beck is on the doorstep, or Tilberthwaite Ghyll will get you wild with excitement - an instructor will point out the highs of the waterfalls and the lows of the plungepools.  Alternatively grasp tiller for a sail on Coniston Water or if you have a need for speed there's always windsurfing.

If you're up the creek about what to do, try your hand at paddling or kayaking on the lake, Coniston Water, made famous by Donald Campbell's water speed record.
 

What makes it special

  • Scramble up or down local gorges and waterfalls
  • Take to the water where Donald Campbell broke the water speed record

Hostels nearby

Watersports in Coniston

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Map references

OS Map: 96, and Explorer OL6 & OL7

OS Grid Ref: SD307970

Lat/Lng: 54.3641, -3.067145

Contact information

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