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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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  • Staying at Caravan club site, lovely site, really well laid out and very peaceful and picturesque Coniston is a lovely little village, lots of pubs and places to eat all very unspoilt and not really t...  more »
  • wonderfully quiet in comparison to Windermere. lots of excellent paths and walks around Coniston Water  more »
  • Spent a couple of hours in this beautiful lake. It was a little windy that day but it didn't stop people to go boating and kids swimming. Enjoyed watching children feeding the ducks. Learned about the...  more »

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