Steam Yacht "Gondola" on Coniston Water, Lake District, England

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Coniston Pier. Lake District, England Tel 015394 41288.

The Gondola, was launched in 1859 by the Furness Railway Company as a tourist attraction on Coniston. She finished this service in 1936, was then used as a house-boat, and abandoned in the 1960's. In the mid 1970's a group of  enthusiasts raised enough money to restore her for the National Trust

She was relaunched on 25th March 1980, and re-entered  the tourist trade on Coniston Water, Cumbria's third largest lake. The trip on the opulently restored launch starts at Coniston Pier, chugs anti-clockwise past Coniston Hall (a working farm owned by the National Trust) to Park-a-Moor jetty. Then then steams north, stopping at, Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin from 1871 until his death in 1900. The yacht then travels back across the lake to Coniston Pier.

Journeys start around 11 in the morning, but you do need to check the timetable

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