Coniston Water is just over five miles long and a half a mile wide and remains synonomous with the ill fated speed attempt by Donald Campbell and Bluebird. For those who pursue their ambitions at a more moderate pace the lake offers fishing for trout, char, pike and perch.
The trout fishing has declined over the years and few anglers now target this species. Similarly the char fishing has fallen away with the result that angling activity on the fishery is now focused on the pike population. The pike are not as numerous as in neighbouring Windermere but the lake can still provide a realistic expectation of fish - and some good ones at that, with specimens of 20lb plus recorded each year.
Most of the better fish are caught over the winter months on deadbait. Summer lure fishing is best tackled from the boat where anglers are less likely to be disturbed by picnickers, their children or their livestock. The lake is popular with holidaymakers and good weather in high summer or at weekends should be a signal to look for quieter venues.
Outside of these periods there is plenty of bank access particularly along the eastern shore where there are numerous parking areas and obvious public access points on to the waters edge. There are also sections of private land which should be avoided. Much of the accessible shoreline is owned by the National Trust and camping is not permitted.
There are also access points and parking areas along the south western shore before the road bears left and away from the lake.
Boat anglers can launch at Coniston Boating Centre - half a mile from Coniston village. Boats can also be hired from here but expect to pay a tourist rate - at least the fishing is free.
From Ambleside take the A593 through Skelwith Bridge and on to Coniston village.
From the south leave the A590 at Greenodd for A5092 then bear right at Lowick on to the A5084.
A minor road runs the full length of the eastern shore to complete the circuit around the lake.