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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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  • Lake Coniston is breathtaking. The scenery all around it is just incredible. There are also a number of activities that you can do on and around the lake, including a variety of boat trips. You can go...  more »
  • We did this trip (the 45 min one) on a cloudy afternoon and it was thoroughly enjoyable. The crew were friendly and shared information about what we could see, without constantly being on the tannoy a...  more »
  • We entered a race to run around the lake...a distance of 14 miles. It was brilliant. The race was well organised. The views were good and there was great support. At the finish we had a well earned pi...  more »