Coniston Water adds a new £15,000 boat to its fleet

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Coniston Water receives a new addition to its fleet - a £15,000 specially designed for disabled anglers and tourists.

The Lake District is a national park for everyone and we must provide facilities for all abilities

Coniston Water, one of Lake District’s most popular stretches of water, has received a new £15,000 boat to make it more accessible particularly to tourists who are disabled. Lake District National Park and the Environment Agency have financed the new boat to allow more people to enjoy the lake.

Lakeland Radio reported that the motor boat, which has been specially designed for disabled anglers and all water enthusiasts, was launched on the 26th of July by Bob Cartwright, National Director of Park Services at the Lake’s Boating Center. Mr. Cartwright said that the boat is an important addition to the fleet of Coniston Boating Centre. “The Lake District is a national park for everyone and we must provide facilities for all abilities. The national park is genuinely for everyone not just the super-fit athletes,” Cartwright explains.

Environment Agency’s Fisheries Office Mike Farrell also mentioned that he is hoping to use the boat not only on the waters of Coniston but also on all lakes in Cumbria up to the whole of the North West. Terry Moseley, a member of the British Disabled Angling Association and one of the nation’s 45,000 registered anglers, also attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterwards, he pushed his wheelchair onto the boat to give a fishing demonstration much to the delight of the crowd.

Coniston receives millions of tourists each year. According to Lake District Tourist Guide, one of the top travel information websites about the area, they are expecting to get a boost in the number of travelers inquiring about Coniston holiday cottages and hotels because of this piece of good news. Lake District is the most recognised tourist destination in the United Kingdom next to London. It has long been famous for its breathtaking natural and architectural attractions.


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