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In the heart of the English Lake District lies Coniston Village, alongside Coniston Water and underneath the majestic Coniston Fells of which Coniston Old Man, 2635ft, is the most famous.

The area abounds with woods, crags and streams and is home to an abundance of wildlife such as red squirrels and herds of wild deer.

Coniston Village is welcoming warm and friendly, and the two Victorian streets still house traditional shops such as the village butcher, post office, grocer, newsagent, dairy, five pubs, several cafes and a restaurant.

Together with the surrounding hamlets, it is an excellent centre for discovering the many and varied local activities and pastimes, or to just relax and enjoy the tremendous landscape of cascading waterfalls, streams, lakes and mountains.

These make Coniston a famous centre for climbing and walking, with varied watersports, pony trekking and fishing, whilst the less agile can visit The Ruskin Museum in the village, or Victorian philosopher John Ruskin's period mansion across the lake at Brantwood.

Outdoor courses are readily available, many types of boats may be hired on the lake, and passengers are still enjoying the Victorian steam yacht Gondola, together with several traditional timber passenger launches. 50 years ago, Donald Campbell chose Coniston Water for his World Water Speed Record achievements in his jet boat Bluebird, reaching over 300mph.

The Coniston fells can usually be walked directly from most of our cottages, in various ways to suit all abilities. Dow Crag provides some of the best rock climbing in Great Britain, whilst lake-shore walks to Torver are very popular.

Grizedale Forest is the ideal landscape for Mountain Biking, and together with Tarn Hows is great for dog walking.

Coniston Tourist Information Centre: www.conistontic.org 015394 41533

Coniston 'Drive Less See More' guide


Coniston Co-op Village Store: www.conistonco-op.co.uk

W.F Hutchinsons, Butchers.

Conston Spar and Petrol station.

Brantwood: www.brantwood.org.uk

Ruskin Museum: www.ruskinmuseum.com

Coniston Launch: www.conistonlaunch.co.uk

Steam Yacht Gondola: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Coniston Boating Centre: www.lake-district.gov.uk

Summitreks: www.summitreks.co.uk

The Blackbull: www.blackbullconiston.co.uk

The Yewdale Hotel: www.yewdalehotel.com

The Crown Hotel: www.crowninnconiston.com

The Ship Inn: www.shipinnconiston.robinsonsbrewery.com

Steam Bistro www.steambistro.co.uk

Deano's Deli: www.deanosdeli.biz

Holland Internet Cafe: www.lakelandhoue.co.uk/hollands-cafe/

Bluebird Cafe by the lake: www.thebluebirdcafe.co.uk

The Greenhouse Keeper Cafe

Sara's Indian dine in or takeaway

Our plaice Fish and Chip takeaway

Just For Ewe: www.justforewe-coniston.co.uk

Coniston Gifts: www.conistongifts.co.uk

Hidden Treasure

Coniston Artisan Shop

Coniston Newsagency

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