Coniston and Crake

  • Total Area: 92km2
  • Coniston Water is 8km long, 800m wide with a maximum depth of 56.1m
  • The catchment has a population of approximately 3000 people
  • Main settlements: Coniston and Torver
  • Majority of the catchment is mountainous, including The Old Man of Coniston (803m) the highest point in the catchment
  • Catchment Issues: Diffuse pollution, invasive species, physical modification
  • Historic influence from the copper mines
  • Donald Campbell broke the water speed record on Coniston water in 1955
  • Active Coniston and Crake Catchment Partnership who initiated the Heritage Lottery Funded Conserving Coniston and Crake Project, which Finished in March 2021.
  • Arthur Ransome based his children’s book ‘Swallows and Amazons’ on locations around Coniston
  • View a map of the Coniston and Crake Catchment

Coniston and Crake is a relatively small catchment whose mining history has left a legacy across the catchment.  Since 2014 Coniston Water has seen a decline in condition from ‘Good’ to ‘Moderate’ under the Water Framework Directive classifications, attributed to a variety of factors. Furthermore, it is a popular tourist destination with ever increasing numbers putting the environment a greater risk. The Coniston and Crake catchment partnership is very active and along with SCRT is delivering a Heritage Lottery Funded project to improve water quality and habitat whilst engaging with the local community.