Swallows and Amazons

Duration:Half Day
Activity:Picnic spots

This area on the eastern shores of Coniston Water is one of the best places to spend a quite day with all the family.

You’ll find fantastic views across the lake, with a majestic mountain backdrop. Here, natural woodland meets a shoreline of rocky outcrops and quiet sheltered bays benefit from plenty of sun for much of the day.It is ideal for long picnics or a barbeque with places to paddle and lots to explore,which should keep the kids entertained all day! Peel Island is in full view from the north end of the site, it is famous for being “Wildcat Island” in the screen adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s “Swallows and Amazons” book. There is good access for launching small, non-powered boats, making it an ideal place to begin your own Swallows and Amazons adventure!

Further Information

Planning your visit:

Although there are no facilities on site, there are toilets nearby at Monk Coniston car park, at the northern end of Coniston Water. In Coniston: numerous cafés, shops and toilets. Camping is not permitted at the site but there are authorised campsites nearby with lake access. Please take all litter away with you so others can enjoy the place as you would wish to find it. The “East of Lake” road gives access to the shores of Coniston Water at many locations, much of it managed by National Trust but not all. At Low Peel Near there is limited parking for visitors in the lay-bys at the side of the road. There is also a small NT car park (free) 1/4 mile further south and this is recommended to avoid congestion.

How to get here:

From Coniston: take the B5285 towards Hawkshead and take the turning on the right at the head of the lake, also signposted for Brantwood. Follow the road south for about 3 miles, passing Brantwood and several small car parks until you come to a widening in the road with lay-bys on either side. From the South: pass through the small village of Nibthwaite, it is a short way past Water Park outdoor centre. If not using a car, the quiet road makes it ideal for a visit as part of a cycling trip if based nearby. If you are wanting to camp there are NT campsites at Hoathwaite (west shores of Coniston Water and High Wray (west shores of Windermere). There is also a tenant run campsite at Coniston Hall (01539 441223).

By Sam Stalker

I am Lead Ranger working in the West Lakes. The lakes is an area in which I grew up on a hill farm and have strong connections to. After living away for a few years, I was drawn back to working in the lakes by my passion for the outdoors and the great connection which I feel to it.

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How to get here

Low Peel Near, Coniston

High Nibthwaite LA12 8

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

SD 295 913

Get Directions

By Bus and Boat: Two boats, two buses, one ticket. The Cross Lakes experience will take you from Bowness to Ferry House, by bus to Hawkshead and then onto to Coniston. From here the Coniston Launch (summer only) will take you as far as Water Park jetty - all on one ticket. It is about 20 minutes walk north along a quiet lakeside road to Low Peel. Coniston can also be reached from Windermere and Ambleside using the Stagecoach 505 service.

Telephone Traveline: 0871 200 22 33

Coniston Launch: http://conistonlaunch.co.uk/
Telephone: 017687 75753