Coniston village and Coniston Water are dominated to the west by the magnificent “Old Man of Coniston” and surrounding mountains. Not surprisingly, the area attracts walkers and climbers but there is plenty for the non-walker to do as well.
The village itself boasts many places to eat and drink, has two small supermarkets, a butcher, a baker and even its own brewery. The Ruskin Museum pays tribute to the artist John Ruskin, who lived at Brantwood on the shores of the lake. The area is also well known as the setting for the childrens story Swallows and Amazons, written by local author Arthur Ransome and for Donald Campbell’s fatal attempt at the water speed record in Bluebird. Within easy reach is Sawrey, home of Beatrix Potter and Grizedale Forest with its wealth of outdoor activities.
In the summer, much activity revolves around the lake. Here it is possible to swim or to hire a rowing boat. Sailing lessons are available or for a more leisurely experience on the water why not take a trip on the Victorian steam yacht Gondola.