Huddled beneath the mighty slopes of the 'Old Man of Coniston', this popular village attracts visitors year round, with superb climbing on Dow Crag and wonderful walks and rambles across the Furness Fells and through the Grizedale Forest.
What's near your Coniston cottage?
A short stroll from the village, Coniston Water is one of Cumbria's biggest and prettiest lakes. Join a special interest cruise aboard the Coniston Launch, glide elegantly across the water on the National Trust's Steam Yacht Gondola, or try your hand at sailing.
Great thinking man, poet and social reformer John Ruskin lived in an imposing lakeside residence called Brantwood. Enjoy family fun days, summertime concerts and tours of his beloved home, and view his elaborate gravestone in the local churchyard. Find out more at the Ruskin Museum, also featuring displays on the village's mining past, plus some interesting stuff on Donald Campbell, known for his speed-breaking (and ultimately fatal) spins on Coniston Water.
Coniston Hall is another lakeside property, not open to the public but worth seeking out from a footpath, if only for a snapshot for your Coniston cottage's holiday album. You'll also need a camera for Andy Goldsworthy's 'Tilberthwaite Touchstone' sheepfold, designed using fine slate in honour of former quarrymen.
More National Trust delights can be found at Tarn Hows - a local beauty spot with a pushchair-friendly, lakeside path - and also at Yew Tree Farm, featured as 'Hill Top' in blockbuster 'Miss Potter'.
Back in the village facilities are good, with shops, cafs and inns - great for keepsakes, real ales and culinary delights. Check-in to a Coniston cottage soon!
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