Coniston makes a great centre for walkers and climbers visiting Windermere and the Central Lake District. Once known for its copper mines, the village is centred on Coniston Hall, an impressive 16th century farmhouse. The Old Man of Coniston Mountain is the best known landmark and is the backdrop to the village. Former home to artist John Ruskin, who became a founder of the National Trust, Coniston makes a great base for exploring this impressive area. A memorial to Donald Campbell, who died on Coniston Water trying to break the water speed record, stands on the village green.
Coniston Water has several boat companies which run ferries up and down the lake. The Coniston Launches are traditional timber launches which call at Brantwood, home of John Ruskin. The National Trust’s steam yacht gondola was beautifully restored in 1980 and passengers can enjoy its plush interior as they sail between various lake locations.
Coniston is a well-located place to enjoy a holiday home, especially for keen walkers and climbers. The old man of Coniston is right outside your Lake Distorict holiday rental and stands 2,635 feet above sea level. Much of the mountain slope on the west shore of Coniston Water is owned by the National Trust and offers excellent walking.
The 400-year old coaching inn in Coniston, the Black Bull, has its own microbrewery. The Coniston Brewing Company produces award-winning beer which is well worth sampling on its home territory. The Bluebird Bitter was CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer in 1998.
Completed in 1891, the church had many wealthy patrons including John Ruskin who is buried in the churchyard. His grave is marked with a carved cross made of green slate from nearby Tilberthwaite. The symbols depict aspects of Ruskin’s life as a poet and artist. The churchyard is also the final resting place of Donald Campbell, who died in his speedboat, Bluebird, trying to break the water speed record on Coniston Water. Ravenglass
Steam engine fans will love the “La’al Ratty” experience and the railway museum at Ravenglass. The miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was opened in 1875 to transport iron ore from Eskdale to Ravenglass. Now restored, visitors can take a 7-mile journey on this miniature railway through some of the most unspoilt Lake District scenery.
The Lake District generally has cool winters with average daily highs around 44°F (7°C) and some snow, especially on the high mountains. Summers reach 68°F (20°C) in August and may be cloudy with showers. Spring and autumn are the most popular seasons to visit this beautiful area.
The nearest airport to your holiday home in Coniston is NewcastleAirport which is 94 miles away or the Leeds/Bradford International Airport which is 85 miles away.
The Central Lake District is also very accessible by train from London’s Euston Station or Manchester to Oxenholm (Kendal), Penrith or Carlisle. You can pick up a hire car from the station, making the journey very pleasant and hassle free.