Things to do in Coniston
Coniston is a peaceful but well-served community, with a breathtaking backdrop of dramatic fells, waterfalls, wild woodlands and serene lakeside. The famous Coniston Old Man towers above the village at 2635ft, and the shores of Coniston, the third largest lake in the Lake District, are close by to enjoy. Despite the air of calm and seclusion, Coniston is still only 50 minutes from the M6.
Its an absolute must to get out on the water, and there are plenty of ways to do so. Rowing boats, motorboats and sailing dinghies are available to hire. Several local companies offer sailing, kayaking and canoeing courses, as well as guided adventures on the surrounding fells and crags for all ages and abilities.
If youre keeping a leisurely pace, the Victorian steam yacht Gondola and traditional launches offer relaxed, scenic cruises. En route youll learn about Donald Campbells historic water speed record attempt, and explore the setting of Arthur Ransomes famous book, Swallows and Amazons. Look up from the lake and youll see Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, a famous artist, writer and creative thinker who was inspired in these surroundings. Its easy to see why.
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Explore Hawkshead and Windermere to your east, Langdale and Grasmere to the north and Ulverston to the south, with easy journeys by car or bus. For an unforgettable drive, head west to the Duddon Valley, then follow Wrynose Pass to Eskdale, and then Hardknott Pass to Little Langdale. Be careful, because these single track roads are among the steepest in the country!
The shores of Coniston lake, nearby Hawkshead and lovely Tarn Hows promise spectacular scenery at a relaxed pace. Our tip is to explore Wallabarrow Gorge or Dunnerdale Forest in the unspoilt Duddon Valley. For the more adventurous, the Coniston fells of the Old Man, Swirl How, and the Black Sails summit of Wetherlam offer long and exhilarating days. Coniston is also surrounded by some of the best rock climbing in the Lakes, with plenty of opportunities to arrange lessons.
For food & drink
The village is well-equipped for stocking up your kitchen, with a supermarket and traditional butcher. Youll find tea rooms, cafés and even an internet café as you explore the village centre. After a day in the fresh air, there are several excellent pubs to choose from. The Black Bull Inn is particularly renowned for its Coniston Brewing Co. and award-winning Bluebird Bitter. The cosy Crown Inn, in a lovely setting, is highly recommended for special occasions.
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