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Summitreks Outdoor Activity Company - 015394 41212
Coniston's very own outdoor activity company, fully licensed and able to offer not only equipment hire, but all outdoor activities - ideal for couples, families & especially groups.

Kankku - Land Rover Off Road Adventures - 015394 47414
Kankku off road driving adventures take place on wild off-road trail routes in the Lake District National Park. There are opportunities for individuals, groups & for those with their own 4x4s.

Coniston Boating Centre, Lake Road Coniston - 015394 41366
Hire an electric self-drive boat • Go for a row on the lake in the footsteps of Swallows & Amazons • Hire a sailing dinghy • Picnic on the lake shore • Go canoeing or kayaking • Eat in the Bluebird Café • Take the launch or the steam yacht Gondola for a trip to Brantwood (home of John Ruskin) or just tour around the lake.

Spice UK - 016187 38788
SPICE is the adventure/social group for people who want to get more out of life, more fun and friendship, more adventure and excitement - with members from all walks of life as varied as are people, all united in one common purpose of enjoying life to the full!

The Famous Bernies Cavers Cafe & Equipment Shop, Ingleton - 015242 42439
Owned and run by active cavers & climbers, they maintain a high standard of knowledge and are able to give good advice. Come along and pay a visit, relax and unwind in a good atmosphere with tons of gear to look through and purchase at good prices. Enjoy our online catalogue, and remember - if it isn't in there, give them a call or drop them an e-mail.

Spoon Hall Trekking Centre - Coniston - 015394 41391
Edith & Stephen welcome beginners and experienced riders on their unique routes accross the lower Coniston Fells, amongst spectacular mountain scenery and tremendous panoramic lake views.

Coniston Sailing Club - 015394 41580
Coniston Sailing Club has been established for the last 35 years at the boathouse next to Coniston Hall.
The 400 members enjoy dingy & cruiser sailing, and the bar is also most popular !
For those wishing to bring their dingies on holiday, temporary membership is available.
Click above for details.

Coniston Water Launch & Ferry Service - 017687 75753
Coniston Launch sails traditional passenger launches on Coniston Water, and runs a frequent ferry and cruise service calling at Coniston Boatlandings, Waterhead Hotel, Monk Coniston, Torver, Brantwood, Park a Mor, Lake Bank, and Sunny Bank. They attract many walkers who use the launch to supplement their day's rambling and to this end they have developed various jetties around the lake. They also SAIL ALL WINTER !

High Adventure Lakes Balloon Flights - 015394 47599
Providing hot air balloon flights in the Lakes since 1990 High Adventure has allowed thousands of people to share a fascinating experience.  Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, retirement or sheer self indulgence, our champagne flights can be the realisation of the ambition of a life time!

The Lakeland Country Fair - 012298 37680
Lakeland Country Fair takes place at Torver, near Coniston, once a year (usually in August) in beautiful countryside looking across to the Coniston fells and Coniston Old Man.
It's well worth a visit with something for everybody.

Lake Conistion Tourist Information & History of Coniston and its Heritage
Most of the villages and mountains here are world famous and it has the highest mountain, the deepest lake and the biggest liar in England!
The Coppermines Museum can be found high in the fells under Coniston Old Man and is well worth the 20 minute walk from your car into our dramatic mountain valley

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass - 012297 17614
Explore the historic haunted castle. Thrill to wildlife on the wing at the World Owl Centre. Discover thousands of exotic plants in the Himalayan Gardens. Experience the dangers of meadowland in the Meadow Vole Maze.

Corporate Gifts - 019897 80727
We are suppliers of promotional calendars, diaries, polo shirts, keyrings & corporate gifts. Established for 15 years.

Coniston Water Fesitival - 015394 41366
The Coniston Water Festival is an annual event held in mid July each year and based on and around the iconic Coniston Water in the Lake District. Since it's creation in the 19th century the festival has been a celebration of the historical and cultural identity of the area, highlighting the rich and varied qualities of rural life.

Adventure 21 - 012574 74467
Adventure 21 Ltd is an outdoor pursuits & adventure activities provider for stag & hen parties, management training, corperate team building, families, individuals, youth & school groups and adult or junior birthday parties. We offer climbing, abseiling, aquaseiling open Canadian canoeing, canyoning, cycling, gorge scrambling, kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, river walking, ghyll scrambling, waterfall climbing, orienteering, navigation, hill walking, archery, rifle shooting, caving, pot holing, raft building, team building, low ropes course & Tyrolean traversing. 

STAG & HEN PARTIES - We offer a wide range of alternative activities for that last weekend of freedom whether its extreme adventure your looking for or a relaxing slower pace we have something to suit you and your party.

The Wainwright Society
The inaugural meeting of The Wainwright Society was held on November 9th 2002 at Ambleside Youth Hostel. This was followed by a walk to the summit of Dove Crag, as "A.W." had done 50 years before.

The primary aim of the Society is to keep alive the things which AW promoted through the guidebooks, started 51 years ago, and the many other publications which were the 'labour of love' of a large portion of his life.

Pace Training Consultants - 012574 74467
PACE Training Consultants organize team challenge and team building programs and events to suit all management training and corporate team building requirements. Using modern team building techniques and a wide range of adventure activities and outdoor pursuits recourses including climbing, abseiling, aquaseiling, open Canadian canoeing, canyoning, cycling, gorge scrambling, kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, river walking, ghyll scrambling, waterfall climbing, orienteering, navigation, hill walking, archery, rifle shooting, caving, pot holing, raft building, team building, low ropes course and Tyrolean traversing.

Cumbria Web Design - 015395 64580
Our local website design company. Established in 1996, bf internet (formerly known as big fish internet) have helped many UK companies establish themselves successfully on the Internet. Drawing on our years of internet and design experience we provide our clients with attractive, functional and cross-platform compatible websites.

Windermere Winter Yacht Racing
The fantastic sight of over 30 yachts racing together onn Lake Windermere, every other Sunday during the Winter and of course in all weather! Look out for yacht "Dark n Stormy" that we race. The Coppermines and Lakes Cottage are proud to sponsor the 2008/2009 Winter Series

Ultimate Snowsports School in France
Ski lessons in Tignes and Val D’isere, France. Ultimate Snowsports are a British Ski School who offer a fresh approach to your ski holiday experience. All our instructors are British, and fully qualified to work in France. Most importantly, they are enthusiastic about their work! The Ski terrain of L’Espace Killy allows lessons to cater for everyone, from the beginner to the professional, and from children to adults, with an emphasis on safety and fun.

Country Lanes Cycle Hire - Windermere & Lakeside - 015394 44544
We specialize in cycle hire, mountain bike hire, self-guided cycle tours, bespoke holidays and corporate events. Our cycle centre staff are friendly, approachable and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. If you’re planning an active holiday this year, you’ve certainly found the right people.

Lake District Photography - 017687 75093
Jason Chambers (Landscape, Wedding and Event Photography in Cumbria) become a professional Lake District Wedding photographer through his love of the outdoors, travel and extreme sports. Photography has played an important role during his life giving him the opportunity to travel and record the beautiful landscapes we may sometimes take for granted. He is currently based in the Lake District, Keswick, Cumbria and is available for work both nationally and abroad. He specialises in bringing his clients high quality and striking images.

Coniston Walking Festival - 25 to 27 September 2009 - 015394 41533
The Coniston Walking Festival 2009, is a walking festival which aims to reveal and celebrate the landscape in and around Coniston, the Lake District. Featuring a lively programme of evening entertainment, daytime activities for all the family, art installations and historical adventures, it's a walking festival with a difference.

Coniston Power Boat Records Week
Coniston Power Boat Records Week is the only event in the Powerboat Racing Calendar to bring together all classes of boat. Entry is open to all from tiny hydroplanes, through inshore circuit racers to the largest offshore boats. It is the finale to the racing season. Competitors and officials from all over the country assemble annually for what has been a popular event since it's inception in 1970.

William Wordsworth Lakeland Driving Route
Enjoy a day following in the footsteps of the poet William Wordsworth visiting Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount and Garden

Beatrix Potters Lakeland Driving Route
The Lake District is intimatley associated with Beatrix Potter and her characters such as Peter Rabbit. Spend a day exploring the area that Beatrix so loved and sought to preserve

Rydal Mount and Gardens
The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home. All the Wordsworth family were keen gardeners and William had strong views about how a garden should look. In particular he believed that a garden should be informal and that it should harmonise with the countryside consisting of ‘lawn, and trees carefully planted so as not to obscure the view’.

Windermere Lake Cruises
Windermere Lake Cruises is the most popular attraction in Cumbria. Windermere is England's largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. We offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours - or you can even spend all day on and around the lake with our fantastic 'Freedom of the Lake' ticket.

Ravengalss & Eskdale Railway
The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is the English Lake District's longest and most spectacular steam railway! The line runs for seven miles (11.3 kilometres) from the Lake District National Park's only coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District, through hidden Miterdale, to the grandeur of the Eskdale valley. The terminus at Dalegarth for Boot - home to our new visitor centre - nestles at the foot of England's highest mountains. Around 125,000 visitors delight in the Railway each year. For many it's an occasion to enjoy family time together, soaking up the rich variety of flora and fauna plus that special beauty reserved for this part of the Lake District. For ever increasing numbers the Railway provides an ideal opportunity to travel before enjoying a gentle stroll or a more serious boots on ramble, while the biggest growth market is for those wanting to use the train as a base for cycle hire and trails.

Ullswater Steamers
Ullswater 'Steamers' have been sailing on this most beautiful of England's lakes for almost one hundred and fifty years, and to this day, they remain the perfect way to enjoy the area. Leave the hustle & bustle behind, and take a cruise aboard one of our beautifully maintained heritage boats. With sailings every day (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) you can now sail with us all year round!

Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Trust
Dove Cottage was the home of the poet William Wordsworth from 1799 until 1808. Today, about 70,000 people visit Dove Cottage, a Grade 1 listed building, every year. All visitors are offered a guided tour, telling the story of the house and family. Many of the Wordsworth's household items: furniture, family possessions and portraits are displayed. The garden (open, weather permitting), Wordsworth's 'domestic slip of mountain', has been restored to the half wild state that he and Dorothy lovingly created from local plants and materials.

Holker Hall & Gardens
On the Holker Hall website you will find all you need to know about the workings of this busy and diverse Estate, situated near Grange-over-Sands in the beautiful countryside of England's South Lakeland. The Holker Hall Estate is owned by Lord and Lady Cavendish and they both take an active interest in protecting the wildlife in the area and maintaining the conservation of the woodlands and parkland. Whether you are planning a visit to the historic Holker Hall and its award winning Gardens or you fancy a thrilling day out at the Cartmel Races, this website aims to give you all the information you need for a wonderful visit.

Lake District Historic House & Gardens - Special Offers
The Lake District Historic Houses and Gardens are eight uniquely different homes set in the most picturesque countryside imaginable. They are all independently owned and managed and each has a garden worthy of note. Follow the link for the latest special offer vouchers

Go Ape, Grizedale Forest
Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides... all set high up in the trees. Providing a fun day out with friends, families or colleagues, you'll be fitted with a climbing harness and given instruction before trekking from tree to tree high above the forest floor. Split into a number of different sections, the experience takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to complete but may vary depending on how many people are up in the trees.

North Face Mountain Bike Trail
The North Face Trail offers a rush of curves, berms and north shore, uphill and downhill which takes riders on an adventure trail through Grizedale Forest. The trail starts at the visitor centre and consists of a 10 mile loop which includes 9 sections of sinuous singletrack trail on the west side of Grizedale Forest. The trail offers adrenaline pumping sections of single track descent along with leg burning ascents contouring through oak woodlands and conifer forest. This challenging trail also gives the mountain biker tricky board walk sections through meadows, yet rewards success with outstanding views along the way.

The Aquarium of the Lakes
At Lakeside, on the southern end of Englands largest lake, Windermere, you can discover in over 30 displays the fascinating and often secret world of wildlife and freshwater creatures dwelling in and alongside these magnificent waters. A dramatic mountain-top waterfall marks the start of the journey, leading down a moorland stream complete with salmon. Next you will see the otters before moving on to see nocturnal life on the riverbank. You will see several varieties of trout, the pike, and Windermere's elusive char. Finally you will see the freshwater fish of the estuary, and the seawater inhabitants of the bay, including rays and sharks from around our coast.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is situated close to Newby Bridge which is at the southern end of Lake Windermere on the A590. You will find steam locomotives working hard on the steeply graded railway on part of the originally Furness Railway branch line which carried passengers and freight from the town of Ulverston to Lakeside. You will find on this section of line 6.0km [3.5miles] in length, steam locomotives that are restored and preserved to their former glory. The railway line runs from Haverthwaite, through Newby Bridge to the terminus at Lakeside in which you will pass through beautiful countryside alongside the River Leven in the Leven Valley as you sit in comfortable coaching stock that ensures that passengers have a pleasant and leisurely journey.

Traveline Cumbria
Traveline North East and Cumbria provides complete, impartial information about all public transport services - by bus, train, Metro and ferry. We cover journeys anywhere in North East England and Cumbria, plus travel anywhere in the United Kingdom on the national rail and coach networks. A national Traveline network also covers the whole country, see

Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth
Jennings Brewery was originally established as a true family concern back in 1828, in the village of Lorton. The company moved to its current location in 1874, in the historic town of Cockermouth, in the shadow of Cockermouth Castle, at the point where the rivers Cocker and Derwent merge. Jennings regards itself as a traditional brewer, traditional in a number of different ways. Pure Lakeland water is still used for brewing, drawn from the brewery’s own well, and only the finest natural ingredients are added, including malt made from Maris Otter barley, Golding hops from Kent and Fuggles hops from Herefordshire. Find out how our real ales are still brewed with care and attention, by taking our friendly, guided tour of the brewery.

Beatrix Potters Home - Hilltop
Delightful small 17th-century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories. Farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote lots of her children's stories * Many of her beloved 'treasures' are on display * Hill Top was model for 'Samuel Whiskers' illustrations and others * Shop specialising in Beatrix Potter gifts * Hill Top was recreated for the major film Miss PotterCome and visit the house which was recreated for the film Miss Potter. Hill Top characters Jemima Puddle-Duck and Samuel Whiskers celebrate their 100th birthdays this year

South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Prepare to be truly amazed you will not experience anything like this anywhere else in the UK! See over over 100 different species on a unique safari on foot amongst many animals wandering free. As well as being the home of The Sumatran Tiger Trust - the largest conservation programme for Sumatran Tigers anywhere in the world South Lakes Wild Animal Park is working around the world protecting endangered species and habitats.

The Quaker Tapestry, Kendal
The Quaker Tapestry is a celebration of 350 years of Quaker insights and experiences embroidered in narrative crewel work on 77 panels of specially woven wool cloth. Each panel measures 25" (635mm) wide by 21" (533mm) deep. It all started as a result of a chance remark by an eleven-year-old boy attending the children's class of a small Quaker Meeting in the South of England in 1981. His teacher, to whom the remark was made, was Anne Wynn-Wilson, who was an accomplished embroiderer. She had the vision of a number of large tapestry panels telling something of the Quaker story and beliefs. At a Quaker Yearly Meeting in 1982 she mounted an exhibition of work in progress and her ideas and determination aroused an enthusiastic response from many Friends. Designers came forward, embroidery groups were formed and training workshops were arranged. Altogether more than 4,000 men, women and children in 15 countries have 'had a hand' in the creation.

The Dock Museum
A unique building in a stunning coastal setting built within a Victorian graving dock. The museum tells the story of Barrow and its' rapid growth from a small farming village in the early 19thC to a town famed throughtout the world.

Grizedale Riding Centre
We are a small riding centre with ten horses/ponies, offering limited rides per day, offering a horse riding expereince in beautiful countryside around Grizedale Forest..Our staff will do their upmost to meet your needs with regards to the health and safety of you and the horses. All riders will be requested to fill out a client form, this is to assist us in matching you to the best horse for your caperbility and therefore making your experience at Grizedale Riding Centre a memorable one.

Lake District Outdoors
Walking, climbing, mountaineering, road cycling, mountain biking, sailing, canoeing, kayaking - the list goes on! It's all here in the Lake District and Cumbria. Great outdoor activities, in stunning scenery, with accommodation for all needs and budgets, great local food and drink, easy access from the rest of UK, do it yourself or with professionals - it's all here. So R U Up 4 It?

Mountaindays.net
This site is all about rock climbing, mountaineering, hill walking & mountain biking in the UK and beyond. Hopefully you will find something of use. The best approach is to dive straight in, browse around and see what you can find.

The Ramblers Association
The Ramblers Association are Britain's biggest walking charity. We've been working for over 70 years to promote walking and to improve conditions for everyone who walks in England, Scotland and Wales. Whether you're an old hand or a complete beginner, we can help you get the best out of walking.

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
Theatre by the Lake is a year-round professional producing and presenting theatre which provides a service through the performing arts to communities of, and visitors to, Cumbria. The core programme is home-produced professional drama productions, including a six month summer season of six plays in repertoire, a major Christmas production and at least one other production in the Spring of each year. The theatre is situated at Lakeside in Keswick with its famed views across Derwentwater, Borrowdale and the Western Fells. Theatre by the Lake has been sensitively designed to complement this unique and beautiful location. It has a traditional Lakeland exterior of locally-sourced stone, slate and roughcast, in keeping with Keswick's distinctive architecture.

The Lake District Walker
TheLakeDistrictWalker is a company based in Cockermouth, near Keswick, in the north western Lake District, Cumbria. They offer a range of guided walks and tailor made days out on the Lakeland Fells to suit all abilities, with one of our qualified mountain guides, whether it be a days hiking or a more adventurous mountaineering experience. All instructors carry out a regular and varied programme of of popular fell walking routes including Wordsworth's Grasmere, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Haystacks, a favourite of Wainwright.

Tatton Park Triathlon
Entry is now open for the Tatton Park Triathlon 2009 to be held 19th & 20th September 2009. If you live in the North West here’s your chance to race in an open water triathlon. In 2008 the first ever Tatton Park Triathlon reached full capacity and the reserve list was oversubscribed. We would like to thank all competitors, volunteers, spectators and of course Tatton Park for supporting the event. We are making arrangements for a bigger race in 2009 to fit everybody in. Come and tri it.

Stoop House Farm, Peak District Cottage & B & B
A gorgeous cottage and guest accommodation in the Peak Distict National Park which we can personaly recommend

Better Photos
Better Photos runs digital photography and Photoshop courses for beginners and intermediate photographers. Most of our courses are run in and around the Lake District, where the scenery is beautiful and there are lots of opportunities to capture great images. It's the perfect place to learn about digital photography or photo editing.

Coniston Attractions
For all the latest information on some of the attractions in the Coniston area including all the latest news and information about special events.

Hen House
For all you Hen Night needs!

 

Under Crag Studio
Jackie Hadwin is a local Lake District water colour artist with a studio in Torver, Near Coniston.