Bailiffs Wood – Coniston

Located on the east side of Coniston lake, about one mile south of Brantwood House.

Access. Shore access directly of the roadside 50m south of car park entrance

Telephone. There is a Vodafone mobile signal

Parking Information There is a National Trust car park, located on the east side of the road, with room for about 20 cars depending on logging operations

Depth. The site has a shelf at 6-7m  with a cliff to the west of the entry point dropping sharply to 28m continuing more gently to 35m and by swimming 100-150m west 40m can be achieved.

Qualification requirements: The 6-7m shelf on the site provides an excellent training area for Sports Diver trainees. Caution is required to avoid stirring up the silty bottom.

Coniston is a very dark lake and good torches with backup are required if you wish to venture more than 10-15m.


Bailiffs Wood is a great site for most divers, there is a wide range of features and depths to suit most divers. A popular dive site with many divers the site has a bath, toilet and various gnomes, as well as memorials.

Pike, winter char, trout are often seen particularly around the bath!.


Traffic when crossing the road

Boat traffic:- Gondola, sailing yachts and lake wardens.

Strong winds can create a current.

Please note this information is provided for guidance only and should not be relied upon as exhaustive. As for any dive, the onus lies with the individual diver to assess the risk factors and issues of safety that apply there and then.