Coniston: A Charming Lake District Village
Every so slightly tucked away from the busier Lakeland towns and villages of Ambleside, Windermere and Keswick you’ll find the unassuming yet completely charming village of Coniston & the neighbouring hamlet of Torver. Whether you are interested in hiking, boating, fishing, walking, cycling, or simply relaxing, Coniston is the perfect place to spend a few days exploring the Lake District.
Coniston is dominated by the imposing outline of Coniston Old Man standing at 2635ft. The surrounding fell range frames the village and the views from the east side of the lake towards the village are outstanding. Coniston Water, is easily reachable on foot from the village centre and there are plenty of places to pitch up and enjoy the view.
Tarn Hows, another scenic hot spot is around 2 miles away and can be reached easily by car or on foot.
Kelly Hall Tarn on Torver Common offers picture perfect views towards Coniston Old Man and the footpaths over the common are usually empty, making it a great place to avoid the crowds.
If you’re looking to gain some altitude this is the place for you. The Coniston Fell Range includes seven magnificent Wainwright summits (Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag, Swirl How, Brim Fell, Wetherlam, Great Carrs & Great Friar), making it the perfect destination for walkers and climbers.
Gentler low level walks are also available including the popular Tarn Hows loop.
Coniston Water, offers a plethora of water-based activities for all ages and abilities throughout the year, including kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, rowing and more. The lake is also very popular with wild swimmers, given the absence of boat traffic.
Cyclists will find solace on the trails of Grizedale Forest situated on the eastern side of the lake, where forest tracks and trails are available for all abilities.
History & Culture
Coniston is steeped in mining history, evidence of which can be seen in throughout the mountain valleys above the village.
Today the village is a thriving community and boasts several country pubs, independent shops, inviting cafes a boating centre & a museum which details the story of Coniston and includes information on the late Donald Campbell and his water speed record attempts on Coniston Water.
Step back in time and hop on board the Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola, and enjoy a scenic cruise down the length of the lake, with the option to stop off at the historic Brantwood House, home of Victorian artist & writer John Ruskin.
A Great Base
Coniston is well positioned for enjoying the delights the Lakes and the coast, with towns and villages such as Hawkshead, Ambleside & Ulverston just a short drive away.
Below we’ve listed links to our Coniston village cottages along with local attractions and places of interest.