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Coniston Water, Coniston

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Coniston Water in Cumbria, England is the third largest lake in the English Lake District. It is five miles (8 km) long, half a mile (800 m) wide, 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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  • Full of cafes and relaxing places to sit. Much quieter than Windermere with picturesque scenery. If weather is good the lake appears a rich blue. Can sit and have an icecream whilst watching wildlife,...  read more »
  • Unsurpassed natural unspoilt body of water very much for the lover of peace and quiet suggest a trip on the water taxi for a trip on these placcid waters. There are plenty of foot paths to explore aro...  read more »
  • Absolutely stunning a true gem in the English countryside . Spent another lovely weekend in coniston and visited here each morning with the dogs . Everything you need boat hire coffee shops and beauti...  read more »
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