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Coniston Water & Mountain

See Also - Coniston Village - Esthwaite Water - Tarn Hows - The Grizedale Forest - Hawkshead - Near & Far Sawrey

 

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Coniston Water & The Coniston Mountain Range

Overview

Coniston Water and its surrounding mountains and fells are one of my favorite landscapes for walking and water activities. Lying west of Windermere, the two lakes are separated by the Furness Fells, the Rusland Valley and the Grizedale Forest. Of Cumbria’s big sixteen lakes, Coniston Water ranks as the third largest, with a length of five and a quarter miles, half a mile at its widest and 184 feet at its deepest point. Reflecting in its waters are the peaks of the Coniston mountain Range. At 2635 ft, the Coniston Old Man is one the highest mountains in the Lake District, yet one of the most assessable. The natural beauty of the lake and its surrounding mountains and fells have attracted many artists and poets. Ruskin lived at Brantwood. Lord Tennyson resided at Tent Lodge, which over the years also saw the likes of Collingwood, Darwin and the Holts of The White Star Shipping Line. Arthur Ransome, author of the much read Swallows and Amazons, resided in a number of the houses set around the lake, 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 that of Sir Donald Cambell 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 Campell's craft disintegrated It was only recently that both Donald and his craft were recovered and the legend finally laid to rest.

 

The Lake

The lake offers plenty of public access to its shores. Along the east lake road are lots of little bays were you can park up, picnic, swim or fish. To get on the water you can hire boats at the Coniston Boating Centre. These range from row boats to canoes, sailing dinghies to little motor boats. For the adventurous there is a host of activities on offer. Summit Treks, run by Ron Rutland, will take you rock climbing, abseiling, aquasailing, canoeing and mountain biking. Similar are Joint Adventures, or you may like to try some avian pursuits, taking to the air with Coniston Paragliding. More gentle is a 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, beautifully restored and is truly Queen of the Lake. Gondola runs from Coniston Pier to Brantwood, a trip of about forty five 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 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.

 

The Mountain - The Fells & Forest

Walking - for me Coniston is one of, if not the the best base 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. From the village, by the bridge, 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. There are trails taking in low fell and lake shore, where you can pick up ferries and launches as part of your hike. Running from the east shores of the lake is the Grizedale Forest. A massive working woodland, it is criss crossed with paths and tracks for walking and mountain biking. 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.

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Coniston Water & Mountain

Tourist Information Centres

Coniston Tourist Information Centre - All you need for info on the area.

Grocers, Co-op, Butcher.

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

Coniston Launch

Summitreks for outdoor adventure, courses, kit and hire.

 

Pubs & Inns Resturants

Steam Bistro

The Bluebird Cafe Overlooking The Lake

The Black Bull Inn and Coniston Brewing Company for Bluebird Bitter

The Ship Inn 

The Sun Hotel 

The Crown 

The Yewdale Hotel

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

East of Lake Road

Plenty of bays and coves to swim, fish and picnic

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

Torver

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

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest - great day out for hiking or mountan biking - Maps and bike hire available at the visitor centre.

Go-Ape - At the Grizedale Forest - Mad wild fun in a tree top adventure with breathtaking scenery, tree-top wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires - finished off with a dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan.

 

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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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Park Gate Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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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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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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Carr Crag Cottage

Skelwith Bridge - Near Ambleside
• Sleeps 6
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Ford Barn

Cartmel
• Sleeps 5
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi 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
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lakeside Access with Jetties
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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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 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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Three Springs

Coniston
• Sleeps 6
VE 3 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake Views
• Wi Fi Broadband
• Off Season Reduced Rentals For Parties 2 & 4 - Please Call
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Heathwaite Farm

Coniston
• Sleeps 10
• VE 4 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake & Mountain Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Heron Beck

Bowstead Gates - Near Ulverston
• Sleeps 10
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Heathwaite Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 3 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Hay Barn

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 3 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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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
• Off Season Reduced Rentals For Parties 2 - Please Call
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Garden House

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Force Mill Barn

Force Mill - Near Satterthwaite
• Sleeps 2 Plus 2
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Campbell

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