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A page dedicated to keeping you updated on all current news here at The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages.

Bluebird Update

Following a week of record breaking on Coniston Water, today we have heard that Donald Campbell's Bluebird has roared back to life with the testing of the boat's new engine.

Read more..


Water Issue 18.10.16

Currently staying with us in?

Please be aware of the following issue.

United Utilities Water Issue:

Affected postcodes: LA10, LA12, LA21 & LA22

"You may have noticed that the water is coming out of your tap slower than usual or may have gone off altogether. We’ve been out to see what might be causing this and found a burst pipe at Paddy End Water Treatment Works (Coniston).We’ve already got a team of engineers on site who will be starting the repairs as soon as it is safe to do so.We’re sorry for the trouble this may be causing you and we will get your taps flowing normally again as quickly as we can."

We are currently contacting all guests to advise of the situation.


Swallows & Amazons Behind The Scenes...

With the film due at cinemas nationwide from the 19th August. Read all about the making of the film here.

Visit Wordsworth Country

On the 5th August, Euston Station, London welcomed a very different type of flashmob, encouraging the public to visit Wordsworth Country!

A giant three meter daffodil garden was created in homage to the poet and the public were encouraged to get involved. Comedian Arthur Smith was also on hand to recite 'Daffodils'!

More info...

Lake District Hidden Sights

In honour of National Parks Week and the upcoming extension of the Lake District National Park, the Telegraph have listed 5 of the best hidden sights right here in the Lake District. One of which is not far from Coniston (Catherdral Cavern).

More info...

National Parks Week

From the 25th-31st July we will be celebrating National Parks Week, an annual event celebrating everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain's National Parks.

The theme for this year is 'Adventure', so come explore the Lakes this summer, adventure awaits!

More info...

Lake District Film Premiere

Film stars gathered on the shores of Derwent Water, Sunday 24th July to celebrate the premiere of the new Swallows & Amazons film, due out at cinemas nationwide on the 19th August.

More info..

Lake District named Britain's Top Walking Destination (hooray)!

According to a new national survey from the team at Ordnance Survey, the Lake District has topped the leader board when it comes to walking here in the UK.

More info..

“This is the ultimate place to enjoy the great outdoors and this latest Ordnance Survey research confirms that the Lake District, Cumbria, is indeed the UK’s Adventure Capital.

“With a network of just under 2,000 miles of Rights of Way and some of the most spectacular scenery you are likely to find, it’s great to see that the Lake District remains a firm favourite. Whether you’re taking a gentle lakeside stroll with the family or scrambling up more challenging locations like Sharp Edge on Blencathra, this spectacular landscape appeals to everyone from the occasional walker to the more specialist adventurer.”

– Ian Stephens, Cumbria Tourism

Escape to Britain's Lost Waterlands

If you missed the latest episode of the BBC's 'Britain's Lost Waterlands - Escape to Swallows & Amazons Country' aired Wednesday 6th July. You can catch it again now on the BBC iPlayer. 

Follow Dick Strawbridge & Alice Roberts as they explore the landscape that inspired children's author Arthur Ransome, including Coniston Water and the Coppermines Valley.

Catch up now

National Lottery casts future for historic copper mine

The future of two of the country’s most significant historic copper mines in Coniston, Cumbria, is secure, thanks to a £450,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Reaching back over 400 years, Coniston Copper Mines and Penny Rigg Mill sites spread across 57 hectares in the south west of the Lake District National Park, below Coniston Old Man. The project will take place over the next two years, with work beginning on site in June. It will focus on conserving over 150 items of repair, stabilisation and reconstruction across ten different structures at the two sites.

Without this project this important heritage is at risk.  At its peak in the 19th century, Coppermines Valley employed around 600 people, employed in the extraction, preparation and transportation of copper ore, however the underground mines in the valley date back to the 16th century.

There will be training and volunteering opportunities for people to get involved, including conservation and archaeological survey work. 

The project is a partnership between Lake District National Park, land owners, Ruskin Museum, YHA Coniston, Grizedale Arts and Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society.

Lake District Strategy and Partnership adviser, Eleanor Kingston, said: “This is fantastic news, not only to preserve the mining history, but also for the Coniston community. It’s a real opportunity for local people to get involved, connect with their heritage and contribute towards the future of this special site.

Sara Hilton, Head of HLF North West, said: “Copper mining is indelibly linked to the heritage and landscape of Coniston. Tens of thousands of people visit every year yet few will be aware of the role the area played in the industrialisation of Britain. It was clear to us therefore that investing National Lottery money could make a real difference in preserving what’s left and ensuring this important history is shared much more widely.”   

History of mining in Coniston

Copper extraction dates back 400 years and was a firm favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. In the 16th century, she introduced German workers and its fortunes flourished.

The mineral was important to emerging industries of a growing Empire. It sheathed ships' hulls as they sailed the seven seas, was used in weaponry, for coinage and by the navy. Although there were peaks and troughs in the market, Coniston copper continued to be mined until the 1950s.

More information and opportunities for volunteering can be found on LDNPA website:



Bonsor East, Coniston, an 18th century wheel pit and associated buildings – one of the 10 structures to be repaired under the scheme

Bonsor East, Coniston, an 18th century wheel pit and associated buildings – one of the 10 structures to be repaired under the scheme


Walkers' and Cyclists' Track Opens

A new cycle and walk way has opened parallel to the A591 at Dunmail Raise, interlinking the North & South Lakes. The A591 road is due to be opened to motorists by mid May.

More info on the new cycle & footpath.

We Need Your Vote..

Nurture Lakeland needs your vote to help win £28,000 of funding for much needed footpath repair work on our favourite mountain 'The Old Man of Coniston'.

If we are lucky enough to win, funding will be donated by the European Outdoor Conservation Association.

Voting closes on the 22nd March at 12 noon (GMT).

Cast your vote here. 

Inspiration Guaranteed

To celebrate Beatrix Potter's 150th Birthday the National Trust is inviting everyone to their first ever 'Children's Book Festival' a fun-filled, family weekend event at Wray Castle in the Lake District on 4-6 March 2016.

Call into the event to meet some fantastic authors and illustrators, including Axel Scheffler, Philip Ardagh, Benji Davies, Sophy Henn and Steven Lenton.

We've heard rumours that Peter Rabbit himself wiill be in attendance!

So come, read, learn, enjoy and inspire right here in the #LakeDistrict.

All Aboard!

In wake of the December floods, Virgin Trains have today announced that they will be offering discounted fairs from London Euston to Lake District Oxenholme. This fantastic offer will cut the price of an advanced fare by 30%.

Grab your ticket now to explore the beautiful Lake District. #openforbusiness


Run one of the UKs most scenic marathons

Runners World have voted the Brathay Windermere Marathon as one of their 15 of the most amazing UK marathons that aren't in London. Coming in at Number 5 on their poll, this scenic road race is a must for any avid runner & fan of the Lake District. 


Some fantastic news for our friends in the Northern Lakes, a temporary road bridge is to be erected across the river Eamont at Pooley Bridge before Easter 2016. Opening up this beautiful area for residents and visitors alike.


New Year, New You!

Happy New Year to you all, if you are looking for a 2016 challenge why not take a look at our Top 10 Lake District based challenges taking place this year.



Merry Christmas Everyone!

We would like to wish all our loyal customers, old and new a very Merry Christmas!

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New Low Deposits

Exciting news here at The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages, with our new low deposits you will now only have to pay 33% of the booking total to secure your Lake District Cottage.

This means that you could secure a cottage from as little as *£74!

Act quickly to secure your 2016 Lake District cottage stay with these fantastic prices, with balance payments due just 10 weeks prior to arrival there really is no reason not to escape to the Lake District with us here at The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages.

*Price based on a weekend stay in a band A property.


Cumbria Flooding

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the Cumbria floods and the aftermath of Storm Desmond. It has been phenomenal to witness the community of Cumbria rally around to help each other.

Cumbria Community Foundation have now set up an appeal to help raise funds for the communities and individuals affected by the recent floods.

The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015 is for any individuals or families who suffer financial hardship as a result of the flooding. The money will also help with wider community relief and rebuilding projects.

You can donate to the appeal here.

If unsure about travel to the Lake District please check the social media feeds of Cumbria Highways, County Council and Cumbria Tourism PR department.

We can confirm that Coniston and villages south have luckily remained unscathed and that access roads from the south (via Greenodd) are now open.

For up to date travel and traffic information please view the Cumbria Constabulary website.

A scenic view makes you feel healthier..

So new research would have us believe, read more here http://goo.gl/NCecgU


Oh what a beautiful morning...

21st November: The first snow has fallen in the Lake District overnight. We awoke to bright blue skies and frosty tops, a most perfect November day here in the Lake District. 


Rain, rain go away...

15th November: As forecast the Lake District has experienced wind and rain overnight, however we can confirm that water levels in the Coniston area appear to be no more than normal.

Despite reports, the Lake District is open!

The current weather system is set to pass by the end of the day.

Should you have booked a cottage with us and be unable to reach the cottage due to flood waters we will happily refund your booking, on the basis that we were unable to assist with our emergency vehicles.

If visiting the area today, as in any wet weather conditions please take care on the roads.

Record Breaking Times in Coniston

Should you find yourself in Coniston between the 2nd & 6th November 2015 - be sure to stop and listen for the sound of power boats speeding up the lake. This year competitors from across the world have come to our little village to take part in this spectacular event, including the bond-esque Vector Martini Racing team.



A Nice Day for a White Wedding

Check out the latest blog from 'Brides up North'. Join Emily and Neil as they recap on their celebration held here in the Coppermines Valley.

Ramble for Charity

Get involved in this year’s Children in Need & Countryfile challenge, ramble for charity. Gather a group of friends, family or workmates and head out into the countryside for this great cause. There are no set distances or rules, just gather some like-minded souls, pick a walk and ask for some sponsorship.

With the Lake District offering an abundance of walks, strolls, hikes and rambles, why not make your outing this year a charitable one?

All money raised will go towards the fantastic work carried out by the charity.

More information and walk ideas can be found on the Children in Need website.


10 Best Walks in the Lake District

Take a look at these top 10 walks, as favoured by Mike Innerdale from the National Trust. We were happy to find two walks in and around Coniston on the shortlist.



How Time Flies...

Congratulations to Kate. J who has been working for The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages for 1 year/12 months/365 days/8760 hours or 525600 minutes!

Kate who joined us after a marketing apprenticeship at Brathay has come on leaps and bounds since joining the team.

Well done Kate!

Gate House Refurbishment

Major works of refurbishment are now taking place at this delightful Georgian property, with the owners investing a great deal of time and effort transforming this period property into a dream home (with many of the period features being kept)!

Once finished this property will once again be available to let through The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages.

Keep a look out on our social media pages and website for photographs and updates as works resume, this is one property which we are very excited to see completed!

Gate House, in Coniston Village

Picture Perfect

Take a look at these 16 fantastic images of the Lake District taken by Jon Sparks for Rough Guides.


Image source: http://www.roughguides.com

Ready, Set, Go!

With less than 3 weeks until the Aviva Tour of Britain 2015, it really is time to start planning where you can watch this cycling phenomenon.

The tour will pass through Cumbria on the 8th & 10th September.



Happy Birthday

64 years ago today (13th August 1951) The Lake District National Park was founded.

Lake District named UK's most spectacular landscape to capture on camera

Picture perfect, or so it seems. Professional and amateur photographers have voted our little slice of England as their favoured snapping ground.

We may be bias but we couldn't agree more.

Heavy Congestion in Coniston

The main road just outside our office is experiencing heavy congestion due to a herd of wandering livestock. Delighting locals and visitors alike our wooly friends can be spotted on most summers days moving between the fells and fields.

A Rocking Wedding at The Coppermines Mountain Cottages

Having recently covered the wedding of the beautiful Kim and dashing Ant at The Coppermines Mountain Cottages we thought it selfish to keep the 'Rock My Wedding' blog to ourselves.

So ladies & gentlemen we are gathered here today to indulge in this delightful blog!

It gives us great pleasure to introduce …. (Drumroll please)


Coniston Old Man Comes in at Number 5

The Great Outdoors magazine has just published its top 10 walks in the Lake District, with our humble mountain coming in at the half way point find out here which other great walks made the list.

The Great Outdoors Magazine Top 10 Lake District Walks

Experience Adrenaline in The Lakes

On Your Marks Events is bringing a triathlon to Windermere on July the 19th.

With a 750m swim, a 20km ride and 5km run why not make the most of your time in the Lakes.

Entries are still being taken online ... Enter here

Why not book a cottage and rest up easy Sunday night?

Cottages available the weekend of the 17th July.

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A picture paints a thousand words...

The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages are now officially on Instagram! Follow us @CONISTON_COPPERMINES to keep up to date with all our latest pictorial adventures!

Don't forget you can also tag us in any photos you take!

Swallows and Amazons comes alive again...

Filming has just started on the latest adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s much-loved story, but you don’t need a cinema screen to help you re-create the famous ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventure, which was inspired by the wonderful surroundings of Coniston.

Get out on the beautiful Coniston Water and row, row, row a traditional boat with the Coniston Boating Centre. Activity company ‘Joint Adventures’ also do a guided canoe / kayak to Peel Island, known as Wild Cat Island in the tale.

If you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy the water without breaking a sweat, take a cruise with Coniston Launch and learn more about the different locations – from Beckfoot, Holly Howe, Kanchenjunga, to the Amazons' boathouse – which Ransome used to create his fascinating world.

There’s plenty to do in the Lake District to ensure the whole family has their own summer adventure, and there couldn’t be a more ideal place to stay than Thwaite Cottage. With its hidden garden and summer house, bluebell wood and beautiful wildflower gardens, it’s perfect to fuel those imagination-fuelled little minds.    

Dixon Ground Farm - New Photographs June 2015

We have some stunning new photographs of the recently refurbished Dixon Ground Farm.

Take a sneaky peek here.


Thwaite Cottage Summer Escape

Due to a last minute cancellation this beautiful period property is now available from Friday the 3rd July for full weeks and short breaks.

Sleeping 8, Thwaite Cottage is the perfect retreat for families and friends, its idyllic location and picturesque surroundings make this one cottage you will want to visit time and time again.

More info here.

1 Kirkbeck - New Photographs

Take a look at our fantastic new photographs for the lovely 1 Kirkbeck in Coniston here

New Cottage June 2015 - 1 Kirkbeck

Allow us to introduce another beautiful new cottage to our collection.

A stone’s throw from St Andrews Church in Coniston, down a quiet lane you will find the delightfully unassuming 1 Kirkbeck. The first within a row of cosy terraced cottages, overlooking the Church Beck this beautiful terrace stone and slate built cottage has an advantageous positioning, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Coniston village centre, yet is close enough to access all the amenities the village has to offer.

Sleeping 3 this cottage is perfect for couples and small families.

Find out more information here.

Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages, more photographs to be added very soon!

Drumroll Please .......

11th June 2015: We have today been recognised as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner!

The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.  Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. 

There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by our customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

Thank you everyone!

New Cottages June 2015 - Fisherbeck Nest & Fisherbeck Fold, Coniston

We have just added two beautiful new properties to our collection. The Fisherbeck properties both sleep 4 or have the ability to be combined to sleep 8. They are located on the eastern side of Coniston Water, a stone's throw from Coniston Village. 

The two properties have been tastefully refurbished by the owners and offer fantastic panoramic lake & mountain views. 

Find out more information about the delightful Fisherbeck Cottages here.


New Cottages May 2015 - No.2, No.3 & No.4 The Forge, Coniston

We are delighted to present 3 of our newest additions, The Forge Cottages based in the heart of Coniston village are now available to rent!

Tastefully refurbished all three cottages exude quality and no expense has been spared in their renovations. Lovingly cared for by the owners Sue & Ian, The Forge Cottages are a delight to behold.

All three properties sleep 4 compfortably and are a stones throw away from The Black Bull Inn, should you wish to pick up a few bottles of local Bluebird Bitter to enjoy in the cottage garden. 

Find out more information about The Forge Cottages here.

New Cottage May 2015 - Holly Tree Cottage, Coniston

Holly Tree Cottage welcomed its very first guests on Friday the 15th May. Located next door to the ever popular Oak Tree Cottage, Holly Tree Cottage has been lovingly refurbished by the owners Melanie & Waine.

The finished product a lovely Lakeland Cottage perfect for 2 or 4.

Find out more information for Holly Tree Cottage here.


The Lake District #1 Most Beautiful Place To Visit In England!

The Lake District has made it's way into Rough Guides top 10 most beautiful places in England, with a fantastic place at number 1!

To find out why the area came out on top click here


4.5 Million Safe House Fans

Last night’s finale of ITV drama Safe House, pulled in 4.5 million viewers!
Were you one of them?

With the 'safe house' set here in Coniston we were all glued to our tv sets.

Miss the episode? Catch it here. http://bit.ly/1FhTgVI

The Spotlight Once Again Shines On The Lake District

Anyone who has visited the English Lake District will know that the area offers an abundance of spectacular beauty and tranquillity.

For many years this landscape has inspired writers, artists and creative thinkers alike. From the likes of Beatrix Potter, Ruskin & Wordsworth this small corner of England continues to delight the senses.

Moving with the times the area has in recent years become the focus of many fantastic television series and feature films, including the current ITV drama Safe House, filmed here in Coniston.

The bright lights of Hollywood have also never been too far away with productions such as Miss Potter, Snow White & the Huntsman and most recently Star Wars: The Force Awakens making the most of the Lake Districts magnificent backdrop.

There are also whispers that Swallows & Amazons filming will take place in summer 2015.

So should you find yourself in the area, keep an eye out as you may just stumble across an exciting new production or X-Wing flying overhead …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser (including shots over Borrowdale)

New Drama filmed right here....

During the Autumn, Coniston was taken over, along with some of our cottages, by a film crew. As excitement flurried round our tiny village, glimpses of stars such as Christopher Eccleston, Jason Merrels and many more became common sights.

Filming new ITV drama 'Safe House' which will air on 20th April at 9pm, you will have chance to spot many of your favourite Lake District places. Make sure to watch it... it's going to be gripping TV!


Grizedale Arts

It’s arguably the UK’s most prestigious award for contemporary art, but Could Coniston play a part in the winning Turner Prize installation once again?
Grizedale Arts – based at the historic Lawson Park Farm just above Coniston – has had great success in the award, most recently creating the 2013 winning piece ‘Wantee’ with Laure Prouvost. The video project, co-commissioned with Tate, was made in and around Coniston with the help of local crafts people, John Ruskin School and Coniston Youth Club.
‘Wantee’ may no longer be available to see in the pretty Lake District village, but Grizedale Arts is still worth a visit and who knows, you might be witnessing a future show stopper?




As well as the delicious and world-famous Grasmere Gingerbread, the stunning views, quirky shops and much more, visitors flock to the little Lakeland village of Grasmere to discover the life and works of Britain’s best-loved poet William Wordsworth, at the Wordsworth Trust and Dove Cottage. But you don’t need an interest in poetry to find something of interest at the museum.

Until March 1st you will find a fascinating exhibition about Grasmere and the Great War. Find out about the village’s contribution to World War One and hear the individual stories of Grasmere people who contributed to the war effort. It was a time in which tourists still visited while in the thick of fighting 24 Grasmere men and one woman were killed and many more wounded.



Alice in Wonderland

This year marks 150 years since Lewis Carroll penned the remarkable Alice in Wonderland, so why not take a visit to the finest, oldest and most surreal topiary gardens in the world to celebrate? The gardens at Levens Hall, just a 30 minute drive from Coniston, are just like something out of the Alice in Wonderland film, and with a playground, traction engines and a Willow Maze, it’s a fantastic place for children to explore. This weekend Levens Hall opens for the season.

Even closer to the village is the Betty Fold tea shop at Hawkshead Hill, Ambleside - the building of which was commissioned by one of Lewis Carroll’s friends Henry Holiday. Holiday also illustrated Carroll’s ‘literary nonsense’ poem, The Hunting of the Shark.

He didn’t talk nonsense though, as Holiday famously quoted: “For concentrated loveliness, I know nothing that can quite compare with the lakes and mountains of Westmorland, Cumberland and Lancashire.” We couldn’t agree more!