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Coniston Water

Coniston Water was made world famous through the efforts of Donald Campbell who , in 1955, broke the water speed record . He was killed in 1967 attempting a re-run in his Bluebird Speedboat. The boat was recovered on 8 March 2001 and his remains were buried in Coniston churchyard.

View his memorial on Coniston's village green and visit Ruskin Museum (also in Coniston) which has lots of information on the water speed attempts.

The Museum was established in 1901, when W.G. Collingwood, a local artist and antiquarian who had been Ruskin's secretary, set it up both as a memorial to Ruskin and a celebration of the area's heritage. Therefore, although the museum has a Ruskin collection, there are also exhibits relating to the coppermines, slate, geology, lace, farming and also Donald Campbell.

Coniston Water is the third largest lake(25 Kilometres) in the Lake District. The famous Coniston Old Man at 803 metres( 2633 ft) with its massive slate quarries dominates the Water.Don't miss a trip on the famous Gondola , a magnificent 1859 Victorian steamboat..a great way to enjoy the lake’s beauty.

The Lake District in Cumbria NW of England is an area of beautiful lakes and mountains. Mountains which rise to over 900 metres. The Lakes, as it is commonly known, is a compact area of some 2,000 sq kilometres.


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