Why is Coniston Water famous?

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Coniston Water is famous for being one of the largest lakes in the Lake District. It sits at the base of The Old Man of Coniston and boasts beautiful scenery of the surrounding fells. It was the inspiration behind Arthur Ransome’s celebrated children’s novel, Swallows and Amazons. Donald Campbell’s doomed world water speed record attempts took place here in 1967. The lake is also very popular for water sport activities such as cold water swimming, kayaking, canoeing and more.

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