Coniston Water, Coniston

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Coniston Water in Cumbria is the third largest lake in the English Lake District. It is five miles long by half a mile wide (8 km by 800 m), has a maximum depth of 184 feet (56 m), and covers an area of 1.89sqmi. The lake has an elevation of 143 feet (44 m) above sea level. It drains to the sea via the River Crake.Geography and administrationConiston Water is situated within the boundaries of the historic county of Lancashire. Today Coniston Water forms part of the administrative county of Cumbria.Coniston Water is an example of a ribbon lake formed by glaciation. The lake sits in a deep U-shaped glaciated valley scoured by a glacier in the surrounding volcanic and limestone rocks during the last ice age.To the north-west of the lake rises the Old Man of Coniston, the highest fell in the Coniston Fells group.Etymology" 'The king's estate or village'. The 2nd el. is OE tūn, and the whole name may, like numerous English Kingstons, be from OE 'cyninges-tūn'.... Scand influence is, meanwhile, shown by the '-o-' of early and modern spellings, and Ekwall speculated that this could have been the centre of a 'small Scandinavian mountain kingdom' ". Plus "OE 'wæter', with the meaning probably influenced by its ON relative 'vatn'." (OE=Old English; ON=Old Norse).
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  • August 18, 2017
    Spent a few hours here on a lovely sunny afternoon there was loads to do if the urge takes you. We went with our two Springer spaniels who just love water of any kind. They both spend an age running a...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Most beautiful place. Clean, lovely cafe, boat hire, wonderful shops. Perfect for a few hours out. Family and dog friendly.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Really nice scenic view of the lake with lots of water activities available for those who wish to get wet. The only down side is the car park which gets full very quickly.  more »

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