|Site 1: Monk Coniston|
How to get here
Many roads lead to Monk Coniston so basically when you arrive at Coniston Village, you want to be on the B5285 unless you came from the south via the unclassified that runs along the entire length of Coniston. As you travel along the B5285, watch for the Hawkshead / Windermere signed route. Takes this and the lake WILL BE on your right (Media Photo a) shows what you'll see. - follow this but watch for where it turns with the lake and then goes off to the left. Don't go left with the road, take the right turn and stay with the lake - you will now come up on the Monk Coniston car park on your right.
It's a pay and display parking area. Plenty of spaces. Its circa £2.20 for up to 2 hours or £4 for up to 4 hours.
This is another peaceful place away from the bustling village of Coniston, although just a mile or so away. Park benches are numerous where family or friends can watch the ferries come and go or indeed go for a cruise.
A 20 metre walk from the pay and display car park and you are in with an easy entry suitable for the disabled divers too.
This is the shallowest of all the dive sites on Coniston. Offering a gradual shelving away of the lakebed as you head out. You'll reach ten metres . . . eventually.
Once again perch are in evidence. Again, the lakebed is made of silt which during night time becomes the hunting ground for those trout and perch.
The picture above (since taken), showing the ferry pier: This was further extended in 2008.
Hazards to Divers
None to report, however there is a jetty for the Coniston ferries further along (Photo Media b) so you may come close to, or onto this. Coniston ferries run in and out from there so be sure to have the SMB in tow just in case. Having informed the Head boatman will ensure that the ferry captain knows you are out and about in this neck of the woods.
As with most lakes and tarns you will quickly move from shingle to silt lakebed. Due to poor viz most of us keep in visual of the lakebed, which kicks up the silt leaving a useful trail until your return when you may find yourself having to fin through your own trail. Visibility will be zero or near zero when these moments occure, but at least you'll know you are on the right trail during your return trip if you'll forgive my sense of humour!! Stay close together when you spot and enter your silt trail.