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Top 5 Things to See and Do in Coniston

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Coniston is a charming village surrounded by stunning scenery and rich history. Whether you’re a keen hiker, a history buff, or simply seeking a relaxing escape, Coniston has something to offer everyone. Here are the top 5 things you won’t want to miss here in Coniston:

Conquer the Old Man of Coniston (803m):

This iconic fell, with its distinctive green slopes, dominates the village and is a must-do for any outdoor enthusiast. Hike to the summit for breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and valleys. There are multiple trails to the summit.


Explore Coniston Water:

England’s third-largest lake, Coniston Water, is a playground for water lovers. Rent a boat from Coniston Boating Centre and explore the lake at your own pace. Take a leisurely cruise on the Coniston Launch or the historic Steam Yacht Gondola for a unique perspective. On a clear day, the reflections on the water are simply magical.


Step Back in Time at Brantwood:

Once the home of the renowned art critic John Ruskin, Brantwood is a beautiful house perched on the shores of Coniston Water. Explore the house and gardens, learning about Ruskin’s life and work. The house offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding fells.


Delve into Local History at the Ruskin Museum:

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Coniston at the Ruskin Museum. The museum houses a collection of Ruskin’s art and writings, alongside exhibits on the social history of the village plus the Bluebird wing which now houses Donald Cambell’s Bluebird K7 Hydroplane. Learn about the area’s slate mining industry and its impact on the landscape and people.


Seek Serenity at Tarn Hows:

This picture-perfect tarn, surrounded by rolling hills, is a haven for peace and tranquility. Hike around the tarn, stopping to admire the water lilies and spot local wildlife. Have a picnic lunch on the shore and soak up the beauty of the Lake District. This 2 miles trail is perfect for families and is a designated Miles Without Stiles Route.


Coniston is a place where you can truly immerse yourself in the beauty of the Lake District. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and abundance of outdoor activities, it’s a destination that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. So pack your bags, lace up your walking boots, and get ready to discover the magic of Coniston!

Extend your time here with a stay in one of our cosy Coniston village cottages.

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