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Coniston Village

See Also - Coniston Water & Mountain - The Grizedale Forest

 

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Coniston Village

Overview

Set in the heart of the Lake District, Coniston village lies at the northwest head of Coniston Water, in the lea of the Coniston Old man. Centered around a river, the village is rooted in a history of quarrying and mining for copper, the solid, grey stone buildings being hewn from the surrounding fell and mountain.

The location is perfect for outdoor pursuits, walking, cycling and water sport holidays. On all points of the compass there are trails, leafy forest paths and tracks and lakeshores to explore, where you need travel very little distance to find a new and exciting landscape.

The village, along with its perfect location, has attracted some notable past residents and continues to be a great favourite with holidaymakers today. Ruskin lived at Brantwood and Lord Tennyson resided at Tent Lodge, now one of our holiday homes of which Turner painted in 1818 and, where over the years, also saw the likes of Collingwood, Darwin and the Holts of The White Star Shipping Line. 

Arthur Ransome, author of the famous Swallows and Amazons, resided in a number of the houses, where today you can still track down the places described in his children’s books. One recent name that will always be synonymous with Coniston is Sir Donald Campbell and the Blue Bird. A 'daring do' character, he is perhaps more remembered for the tragic accident whilst attempting to best the water speed of 300mph, where Campbell’s craft disintegrated. Recently the craft has been recovered and is in restoration

 

Shopping - Dining - Entertainment

Coniston is very much a Lakeland village where, unlike some other places, has not yet totally given itself over to a host souvenir shops, boutiques and imported far eastern interior bling. However, there are a fair share of lamp fittings, clock faces, bookends and the like, each stuck into, or made from shards and chunks of the Old Man, each designed to grace your mantelpiece, so be warned and exercise your better taste.

What Coniston does have is a small but good selection of shops ranging from butcher, baker, grocer and chemist, along with outdoor clothing stores such as Coniston Outdoor & Country wear and the ever reliable and professional Summitreks on Yewdale Road.

For dining and a decent pint there are a number of hotels and inns. Perhaps the best known is the Black Bull, at the heart of the village by the river. The oldest inn, it serves hearty pub grub and the finest local brew, Coniston Gold, and has often been a welcome stop after a day on the mountain or lake. Across the water on the east shore is the Jumping Jenny Restaurant at Brantwood, fully licenced, serving delicious meals all day. Back to the village and you can sample, the Yewdale or The Ship Inn, with its beamed ceilings, cosy fire, good food and a fine pint of real ale. There is the Sun Hotel and The Waterhead Inn, set on the banks of Coniston Water and noted for its restaurant. There are plenty of cafes along with a new venue, the Steam Bistro, which is getting rave reviews from our guests.

Local Events

Each year there are a number of local events. There are two shows. The Coniston Country fair takes place in July - Google for actual date. Held on the shores of Coniston Water, the fair is a traditional Lakeland Show offering visitors an insight into Cumbrian Life.  Attracting thousands of visitors and locals each year there is plenty for everyone, with a variety of shows from Fell Foxhounds and Herdwick Sheep to Sheepdogs and Cumbrian Walking Sticks. Traditional Cumbrian Sports are held, with a competition of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and a Fell Race takes place from the show field to the top of the mighty Coniston Old Man and back - yes a run up a mountain! There are tents offering the best of Lakeland Crafts and food, along with trade stands, refreshments, amusements and much more all set a backdrop of lake and mountain.

In August is the Lakeland Country Fair at Torver, a few miles south of the village. A similar event to the July fair, it is again set on the lake shores and a makes for great day out.

The Coniston 14 is a annual event, run for charity, attracting entries from all around the country. First run in 1982 it has become a popular spring event in the village calendar. The hilly route follows the 13.875 miles of road that circles Coniston water with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The sight of hundreds of runners flowing through the narrow lanes like a human river is quite a sight – and all for a good cause.

 

Out And About - Local Walks - Activities

Locally there are a number of places to visit, even more activities, both on and off the water, and endless hours of glorious walks, treks and climbs.

In the village is the Ruskin Museum, charting the history of Coniston from the early prehistory era to the jet age. At Brantwood House, home of John Ruskin, you can see an exhibition of Ruskin's life and work. There is also a planned walk from the house and you make make a day of it by dining at Jumping Jenny Restaurant. A pleasing way to get to the house is by launch from the village.

For the adventurous there are plenty of activities on offer. Summit Treks, run by Ron Rutland, will take you rock climbing, abseiling, aqua sailing, canoeing and mountain biking. Similar are Joint Adventures, or you may like to try some avian pursuits, taking to the air with Coniston Paragliding. At the Coniston Boating Centre you can hire all manner of craft from sailing boats to canoes, windsurfers to little motorboats, all there for you to have fun mucking about in and on the water. The lake is abundant with trout, eel, perch and huge pike. The lads at the Coniston Boating Centre seem very helpful and I am sure boat fishing can be arranged,

A favourite spot on the lake is to seek out Near Peel Wood and Peel Island – AKA Wild Cat Island in Ransoms Swallows and Amazons. The wood, with its craggy rocks and little bay, is accessed from the shore and is a great spot for a picnics, paddle and swim, however to get to the island you will need a boat as it lies about 100 meters off the shore.

A more gentle excursion, is to take a ferry or steamer trip on the lake. The Lake Cruise and Ferry Service offer regular daily sailings covering the whole of the lake, calling at seven jetties. Ideal for those visiting Brantwood, also as water taxi to walk start points - walks leaflets available, or for those that just want to relax and enjoy the scenery. For a very special trip there is The Steam Yacht ‘Gondola’. An elegant craft, it has been beautifully restored and is truly Queen of the Lake. Gondola runs from Coniston Pier to Brantwood, a trip of about forty minutes. It is possible to hire the craft for private parties such as anniversaries where, if well organised, relive and elegant past. Fishing is open to all with a rod license. You may fish from any of the public shores and more information can be obtained from the Coniston TIC.

The Grizedale Forest flanks much of the east shore. A massive, working woodland, of pine and deciduous trees, it is criss-crossed with paths and tracks for walking and mountain biking, along with the Go-Ape, the tree-top adventure course which gets you swinging, scrambling and zip wiring through the forest canopy.

The Forest is big into arts, commissioning fabulous statues and installations throughout the forest. It is well worth driving, via Hawkshead, around to the visitor centre, for a forest map and information to get the best from your day out.

For me Coniston is one of the best bases for simply getting out and about, exploring the fells, mountains, water and forest. There are plenty of local guides available, well worth buying in order to get the very best from this area of great natural beauty.

One of the popular trails begins in the village, by the bridge, where a path takes you deep into the old Coppermines Valley, with its beck and waterfalls. From the head of the valley you carry on to discover hidden tarns set in the lower slopes of the Mountain.

The Old Man, standing at 2635 feet is the king of the Coniston Mountain Range. Paths lead to the summit, where the view is spectacular. Even if you only go some of the way you will have a wonderful experience.

In summary, there are track and trails taking in low fell and lake shore, where you can pick up ferries and launches as part of your hike. With so much, with even more only short drives away, such as little Tarn Hows, Windermere, the Langdales and the Duddon, your holiday will be full of memorable moments.

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Coniston Village

Coniston Village

Speed Guide

Top Attractions

Ruskin Museum – For info on Ruskin and Coniston including Donald Campbell.

Brantwood - Explore Ruskin's house and gardens combined with a good lunch on the terrace overlooking the lake at Jumping Jennys cafe.

Activities

Joint Adventures - Activities for families, couples and groups.

Summitreks for outdoor adventure, courses, kit and hire.

Coniston Boating Centre – For boat and bike hire, launch and steamer trips.

Go-Ape - At the Grizedale Forest 

Coniston Launch

Local Events

Coniston Country Fair - July

Lakeland Country Fair - August

Conistion 14 Charity Run - March

Pubs - Inns & Dinning Out

Steam Bistro - Highly Recommended

The Black Bull Inn and Coniston Brewing Company for Bluebird Bitter

The Ship Inn 

The Sun Hotel 

The Crown 

The Yewdale Hotel

The Bluebird Cafe

Jumping Jenny Restaurant - East Lakeshore

Church House Inn at Torver - Great pub serving great cuisine (Good Food Guide 2010)

Information Web Sites

Coniston TIC

National Parks Authority

Explore South Lakeland

National Trust

Westmorland Gazette Local Paper & Website

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Our guide is only a flavour of what is on offer throughout the National Park - To get more info and the best from your holiday do take some time searching on Google etc.

 

 

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Summer Hill House - Apartment 5

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
• VE 4 Star Gold TBC
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Carr Crag Cottage

Skelwith Bridge - Near Ambleside
• Sleeps 6
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
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Park Gate Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
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Rock Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 2
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Somewhere

North East Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Garden Hot Tub
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Windrush

Coniston
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Wetherlam

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2 Plus 2
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake Shore with Jetties
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Mountain View Cottage

Blawith - Near Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
• VE 4 Star Gold TBC
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi - Broadband
• Mountain View
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Summer Hill House - Garden Apartment - No.2

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi - Broadband
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Rossett Holme

Ambleside
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Summer Hill House - Apartment 4

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 4
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi Fi Broadband
• No Babies/Children under 14
• Non mobile babies welcome
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Tent Lodge

Coniston
• Sleeps 12 - Additional bed space in attic bedroom if required
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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• Lakeside Access with Jetties
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Sun Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 2
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Waterfall Cottage

Force Mill - Near Satterthwaite
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Saturday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Tinkler Beck Farm

Coniston
• Sleeps 6
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No Pets During School Holidays
• Private Lake Shore with Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Tinkler Beck Cottage

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 8
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Private Lake Shore with Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband - Whirlpool Bath
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Heathwaite Farm

Coniston
• Sleeps 10
• VE 4 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake & Mountain Views
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Heathwaite Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 3 Star
• Saturday Change Over
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• Lake Views
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Hay Barn

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 3 Star
• Saturday Change Over
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• Lake Views
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Grizedale

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 1
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Private Lake Shore and Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Garden House

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Force Mill Barn

Force Mill - Near Satterthwaite
• Sleeps 2 Plus 2
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
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Campbell

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Brigg House

Coniston
• Sleeps 10
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Garden Hot Tub
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How Head House

North East Shore - Coniston
• Sleeps 8
• VE 4 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake & Mountain Views
• Wi Fi Broadband
• Whirlpool Bath - Pool Table
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Three Springs

Coniston
• Sleeps 6
VE 3 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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• Lake Views
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The Peat House

Nibthwaite - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 4
VE 5 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• No children under 6 years old
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The Dairy

Atkinson Ground - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Whirlpool Bath
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Tent Lodge Cottage

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No Pets During School Holidays
• Lakeside Access & Mooring
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Off Season Reduced Rentals For Parties 2 - Please Call
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Meadowcroft

Sawrey - Near Hawkshead
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Townson Ground House

North East Shore - Coniston
• Sleeps 13/14
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Access to Lake Shore & Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband