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Rock Cottage

Coniston

Key Information

Sleeps:4 Plus 2

Star Rating:VE 4 Star Gold Award

Changeover:Friday

Pets:No Pets

Other: Wi-Fi Broadband

See Also - Sun Cottage  

Lake Views

Things To Do While Staying At Rock Cottage

Our Explore More Pages showcase the best along with some of the lesser-known attractions of the Lake District. We want you to get the most from your experience whilst staying in this unique area by highlighting some of our favourite places, along with those of the owners and our friends most loved walks and attractions.

Some days you may wish to stay close to home, on others, set off and visit further away landscapes. Here are just a few of the magnificent places we love, both near and far, always remembering that nowhere is more than a hour to and hour and a quarter drive away, and the journey through the landscape is always part of the days enjoyment.

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Exploring the area near Rock Cottage

Coniston Old Man

Coniston Old Man is the big one in the south lakes, rising over the village. Most people use the Tourist Path, which climbs a short and direct route up its eastern side passing through old quarries and passes the dramatically positioned tarn of Low Water.

Some prefer the longer route where the gradients are easier being in a series of manageable steps, and the scenery breathtaking. Access is via the ancient packhorse route of the Walna Scar Road heading from the village onto the raised moorland of Banishead on the southern flanks. This route climbs through the wild corries of The Cove and Goat's Water, past Dow Crag towering over Goat's Water and along the way there is a lot to do and, where the peak is your reward. If you make it only some of the way it will be worth it, the views and surrounding landscape a sheer joy to the eye.


Near Peel Wood Coniston Water

The perfect day of splish splashing in, on and around the lake lies just a moment from your doorstep. Take the Coniston Water east lake road, and look for the laybys south of Brantwood designated for parking. Opposite you should see the sign marked 'NT Near Peel Wood'. Take the track through the little woods down the shoreline.

There are craggy outcrops and little coves, and just off the shoreline lies Peel Island, the inspiration for Wild Cat Island in Ransome's Swallows and Amazons. This a great place to chill, have a picnic and swim in the crystal clear waters

 


Brantwood A Nice nibble and bit of culture

About half way point on tthe east Coniston Water lake road is Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, where you may explore the house and the gardens. Adjoining Brantwood is the Jumping Jenny cafe, overlooking the lake, with an excellent lunch time menu.

Down at the jetty you can get a trip on launch over to Coniston village, explore, and return. Do check boat times.


Blawith Fells - Coniston

The Blawith fells offer a gentle ramble. They lie on the west side of coniston, acessed from the lake road. They are a most agreeable, with excellent views, and the pretty little Beacon Tarn nestled in the fell, just there for to you to discover. Take a picnic for a fuller day - Take your time for better relaxation.

 


A Balloon Flight Over Cumbria

Imagine the romance and thrill to soar majestically skywards with a beautiful lake and mountain stretching away before and beneath you. This dream can now come true with Virgin Balloon Flights. Flights go from Newby Bridge at the foot of Windermere, also Rampsbeck Country House Hotel in Ullswater. Wrap up warm, even in summer and make sure toy camera batteries are well charged. 

I did a flight with Clare in Egypt many years ago, and the memory still stays with both of us. So chaps if you want to make a grand romantic gesture, this could be the one. Imagine proposing to your loved one a few thousand feet above the land of poets and artists and florishing a bunch of flowers - can't fail!


And now for something Completely Different - Guided 4X4 Off Road Driving 4X4

Kankku offers you a real off road driving adventure, putting you in the driving seat of their specially prepared 4x4 vehicles, where you can discover the Lake District from a new angle.

First time or advanced expeditions are available for individuals, families or groups to take the wheel of these mountain monsters, or you can bring your own 4x4 if you are happy to trash it. Learn new driving skills as you are expertly guided on challenging rough and rocky off road terrain on a gripping journey with a spectacular lake and mountain backdrop.

 


Exploring further afield of Rock Cottage

Thirlmere

Thirlmere lies north of Grasmere, just beyond Dunmail Raise, heading towards Keswick, and is owned by North West Water. It is open to the public and there are parking laybys along the west shore, giving access to some nice woodland walks and lakeside footpaths, which are conservation areas maintained by the British Conservation Society.

The best viewpoint is at Hause Point on the west. You climb some metal steps up to the top of large rock, complete with garden seat, where you get a fine view across the water of Dummail Raise. The lake is very quiet and crystal clear so if you want to be out of the crowds, yet not to have to negotiate winding passes to the more remote waters, then Thirlmere will do very nicely for lakeside exploration, excellent atmosphere and ideal for family picnics.

 


Alcock Tarn

Set in the fells to the east of Grasmere, Alcock Tarn is the perfect target for a short day’s walk. When we used to stay at the Wordsworth Hotel, a few decades ago now, this was always a walk we did, always finding something new to admire and inspire. Fast flowing becks and steep mountain slopes are your path to this secret little tarn, where a picnic by its shores is reward enough, the views a bonus indeed. 

 


Kentmere & The Fells

There is beautiful low level waking around the valley, with it river and tarn, small woodland and open meadow.

At the head of the valley a track takes you up to the the begining of the Kentmere Horseshoe. The entire circuit of the valley north of Kentmere is a trail that climbs all the major summits. None is overly difficult with spectacular of the vallies below the valley far below and far reaching views across Windermere, down to Morecambe Bay.

There are tarns to be discovered and the route is as far as you wish to travel. I would advise a map and compass and get hold of some route guides before setting off.


Wastwater and Scafell

Wastwater is without doubt the most haunting and dramatic of all the lakes. The view across the water is to Scafell, Great Gable, flanked by Kirkfell and Lingmell. If the mist rolls in the mood is dark, and the knowledge that the waters drop down to some 258 feet adds to the drama. The lake is three miles long and half a mile wide with an easy walk along the west shore with plenty of places to picnic. The screes have a sort of track at the foot, but it is exceptionally hard going and I would strongly advise against attempting this difficult route. At the head of the lake is a very small village and the famous Wasdale Head Inn, much loved by climbers and serves excellent ale, good bar food and has a pro - climbing shop. Hidden away in a little field, behind a standing of fir trees, stands St Olaf’s Church. Said to be the smallest church in England, the little graveyard has memorials to climbers killed in the Himalayas, Scafell and Great Gable.

Scafell Pike, which at 978 meters it is the highest peak in England and considered one of the most difficult of climbs in the Lake District. Next is Scafell, which at 964 meters is the second highest peak in England and offers stunning views over Wastwater to the west and the Langdale Pikes to the east. Then there is Great Gable, Kirkfell and Lingmell, these along with a host of other peaks, pikes, needles and crags. It goes without saying that these are big climbs and you must acquaint your self with the area, get maps, check weather and equip well with the right clothing. I sometimes think that for some, going a comfortable part of the way, still getting some fantastic views and memorable photographs, is far better than overstretching ones ability. 

 


There then are a few ideas for you to try. To get the most from you visit, do have a look at our Lakeland Guide Pages, the links to the many attractions, and of course explore the wider Internet for more wonderful areas and things to.