Coniston – The Village, Town and Mountain
This Small Lakeland Village sits at the foot of The Old Man of Coniston and on the shores of Coniston Water.
The Old Man of Coniston is part of the Furness Fell range and rises to an impressive 2,634 ft it is also known as Coniston Old Man or the Old Man, the fell is a very popular walk, but a steep long days walking, the lower slopes also offer good walking with Levers Water and the Copper Mines been very popular walks.
Coniston Water is 5.5 miles long and is the 3rd largest lake in the National Park. Coniston water offers a variety of things to fill your day with activities at Coniston boating center or take a trip on the launch – stop off at one of the jetties and visit Brantwood or walk along the eastern shoreline. For a touch of nostalgia ride on the steam yacht Gondola, a re- built Victorian steam boat restored to it’s former luxury. The Gondola stops at Monk Coniston and from here you can walk through the woodland to Tarn Howes, return to the gondola for a relaxing ride back into Coniston.
Brantwood is the historic house and gardens of John Ruskin a very influential Victorian who lived at Coniston for many years. In the center of Coniston is the Ruskin Museum, find out more about the life and works of John Ruskin and his connection with other great Lakeland Poets, the museum is also the home of the Donald Campell exhibition with information about Bluebird and the water speed records that Campbell set in the 1950′s and 60′s before the dramatic crash that lead to his death.
The center of the village has a selection of shops and cafes and Pubs which serve the locally brewed Bluebird Bitter. From Coniston you are only a short distance from the hamlet of Torver and then into the Duddon Valley which is a particular picturesque part of the Lake District.