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Things to do in Coniston

Some of the most popular things to do in Coniston are walking on Coniston Old Man and the fells surrounding peaceful Coniston Water. Coniston is a remarkably beautiful area with a blissful tranquillity. Today, the village's proximity to dramatic landscapes has given rise to a thriving economy based on sightseeing, lake cruises, water sports, mountaineering, horse-riding and the consumption of locally-brewed real ale!Coniston Water

The Old Man of Coniston provides a stunning backdrop, rising dramatically behind the houses when seen from the village centre. As well as being an excellent centre for climbers and walkers, with the picturesque Tarn Hows nearby, Coniston’s fascinating industrial history attracts visitors to the Coppermines Valley and the Tilberthwaite slate quarries.

Set sail on Coniston Water with Coniston Launch or the elegant steam yacht Gondola. Memories of Donald Campbell and his water speed record in Bluebird K7 are never far away, notably amongst the magnificent local history collections at the Ruskin Museum. Be sure to visit Brantwood, the beautiful home of John Ruskin for the last 30 years of his life on the eastern shore of the lake.

Coniston... Did you know?

Rich seams of copper were first discovered in the 16th century and by the mid-19th century, the Coniston coppermines were the most productive in Europe, with most of the copper taken to line the hulls of wooden sailing vessels.

In medieval times, Monk Coniston was a sheep grange belonging to Furness Abbey, providing fleeces for woollen cloths.

The local beauty spot Tarn Hows was created as a designed landscape in the late 19th century. It was bought by Beatrix Potter in the 1930s and is now owned by the National Trust.

Find out more about Coniston

Official Guide to Coniston Coniston Parish Council
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