Lake cruises and group charters on Coniston Water in the Lake District
Photo: Coniston Launch - one of our launches on Coniston Water

Campbells on Coniston cruise

Photo: Pier Cottage

Pier Cottage - the slipway

Photo: our launch Ruskin bearing the coffin of Donald Campbell

Our launch M.L. Ruskin bearing Campbell's coffin back from the crash site to his burial in Coniston on 12 Sept 2001

A comprehensive talk about the speed record attempts on Coniston Water from the late 1930's to the mid-60's, and also covering recent events. Our 90 minute cruise follows the route of the heroic Campbells, concentrating on Donald's last, fatal bid to better 300mph on water.


Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12th Apr 2021 to 30 September: 4.20 pm.

how much?

Adult: 19.25
Child: 9.65 (under-5's free)
Family (2 adults, 3 children): 38.50
Booking recommended - please click the Book Online button on the left.

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These cruises are by way of a tribute to Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell who did so much to promote the cause of Great Britain in the field of world speed records. We follow the history of the Campbells' attempts on the lake and identify the important locations on Coniston Water associated with them. In particular we concentrate on the fateful attempt by Donald Campbell to better 300mph during the winter of 1966/7.

Pier Cottage was where Bluebird was kept during most of the record attempts and it was from here that Donald Campbell set out on the morning of the tragic accident.