Coniston Travel Guide

  • Beautiful scenery near Wrynose Pass
    Beautiful scenery near Wrynose Pass
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Coniston Things to Do

  • John Ruskin Museum

    The John Ruskin museum tells some of the story of Coniston. It was founded by W.G. Collinwood who was secretary to artist John Ruskin who died in 1900 (the museum opened in 1901 as a memorial to him as well as depicting the surrounding area of Coniston). There are interactive displays and lots of information signs. The museum has some nice displays...

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  • Steam Yacht Gondola

    What a great sight the steam yacht Gondola is, sailing graciously up and down Conison Water. She is a rebuild of a steam yacht built in 1859, which in 1860 first took passengers for cruises on Coniston Water. Way back then, you travelled according to your purse, there being three seperate classes.By 1936 the boat was looking a little run-down and...

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  • Hardknot and Wrynose Passes - Steepest...

    Why not admire the scenery of the Lakes from the steepest roads in the UK - the Wrynose and Hardknot Passes which have gradients of 25 and 30%. Our family sized car just made it but it would be easier in a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

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  • Hill Top Beatrix Potter house

    This is where Beatrix Potter lived when writing her beautiful books. The house is small, so the actual tour doesn't take too long, but the charm is large. As most children who grew up on her books seeing the garden and house was too cute. The smallish giftshop mostly has children's gifts. I recommend buying the National Trust booklet with a room by...

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  • Windermere Lake Cruises

    This was nice to do on a rainy day. The antique steamers were not so nice to travel in, as it was cold and inside you can't see much. The more modern less attractive boats provided better views in a warm inclosed area. We went from Ambleside to Bowness and back.

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  • Coniston Launch and Boat Hire

    Coniston Launch is a boat service running up and down Coniston Water, using traditional timber built boats with electric engines!! The boats call at various jetties on the lake, including Brantwood, John Ruskin's home.There are a variety of services, including an evening cruise where you are allowed to take your own alcohol and enjoy the beauty of...

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  • Coniston Water

    Coniston Water is 5 miles long and up to half a mile wide. It is the 3rd largest lake in the Lake District and is probably the second best known, the first being Windermere.Coniston village nestles at the head of the lake with Coniston Old Man behind, standing 2,635 ft.Water speed records first took place on Coniston in the 20th century and...

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  • Ruskin Museum

    Asked that I don't take pictures instead without signing something - so no pics.Wonderful place, informed and friendly people. Use their website to learn more about what's inside.For myself - becoming familiar with the genius of John Ruskin was the draw. And anyone who defends Turner's paintings is a friend in spirit. Learn more about the great man...

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  • Cruising Coniston

    Five miles long, and with a maximum depth of 184 feet, Coniston Water is the third largest of the lakes. An elegant victorian steam yacht is a great way to explore the lake.It is the oldest steam yacht in the North of England being built in 1859 by the Furness Railway Company.The trip round the lake starts at Coniston Pier, proceeding...

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Coniston Hotels

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  • Black Bull Inn and Hotel

    Coppermines Road, Coniston, LA21 8HL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Yewdale Hotel

    Yewdale Road, Coniston, CA21 8DU, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Waterhead Hotel

    Hawkshead Road, Coniston, LA21 8AJ, gb

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Coniston Restaurants

  • 16th Century coaching inn

    While looking for a place to park on a busy Easter week Wednesday, we spotted a couple of spots behind a pub on the main road through Coniston. It was signed for patrons only, others being charged 20 pounds for the day. We were hungry anyway so we decided to be a patron. The Black Bull Inn advertises itself as dating back to a 16th century coaching...

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  • Best Pub/Brewery Beer

    Pretty extensive menu for pub food. But the beer is awesome. They make a big deal about the Bluebird Ale which won lots of awards. But if you like a nice brown ale with lots of flavor get the Old Man Ale. Soooo good. You can buy bottles to bring home there. They also have a to-go container where they put 2 pints in a milk type carton. Just be sure...

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  • Great food great value

    This restaurant or cafe is very good. It has quite an extensive menu ranging from the very basic to quite complicated dishes.The service is excellant and the staff are only to pleased to help. Once inside and you get your food you get the feeling that this plase could be a little expensive, it is not. The price is very good from what I have seen...

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Coniston Nightlife

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    by Arm-Chair-Hero Written Aug 21, 2003

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    The Shipp Inn is a pub approximately 15 mins walk from the campsite. The pub is clean, serves good beer and has a basic range of food. The pub is also child freindly. You can site outside if the weather is nice and there is also plenty of room inside. Worth a visit ; )

    Dress Code: You can wear anything you want....it is the type of place no one cares...every one just wants to relax and is in holiday mode.

    Ship Inn..nice beer : )

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Coniston Transportation

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    by nickandchris Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    The nearest train station to Coniston is at Windermere, which is 15 miles away. This is only served by a local branch line. Mainline trains call at Oxenholme where you can connect for Windermere. There is some sort of bus service from Windermere to Coniston but I'm not sure how regularly. An alternative would be to get the train to Ulverston, on the Furness line, from where there is a bus service to Coniston.

    National Express buses call at Ambleside, 8 miles from Coniston, again with a local bus service connection.

    A bus service also operates from Ulverston to Coniston and Kendal to Coniston.

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    • Trains
    • Road Trip

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Coniston Warnings and Dangers

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    by Arm-Chair-Hero Written Aug 21, 2003

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    Around Conniston the pavements are very narrow and you only need some one walking in the opposite direction and one of you will have to go on the road....worth bearing in mind if you have kids. Also there are one or two blind bends, so it is not so easy to see if the way is clear to cross the road.

    Narrow Pavements

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Coniston Off The Beaten Path

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    by nickandchris Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    A few miles out of Coniston, heading towards Ambleside, there is a left turn, signposted Tilberthwaite. Follow this narrow road to the carpark, next to the stream and a bridge. This is Tilberthwaite and is the start of a walk to Tilberthwaite Gill, following the beck.Many high fell walks begin here, also, including Helvellyn and Wetherlam and is a popular spot, even in Winter. We watched people heading off on hikes in the freezing cold, snow falling. I sincerely hoped they were all suitably equipped as there was snow on the fell tops and we could see it being blown around like a snow storm.

    It's a lovely place to just stop for a picnic, have a wander round and admire the lovely scenery. There is some interesting dry slate walling in a sheep fold just across the road from the park. Looks very new and most impressive.

    We were here on a bitterly cold day in March 2007. So cold it was snowing, with an Arctic wind. I hadn't thought to pack my gloves so my hands quickly froze as I rapidly snapped our surroundings with our new 12 optical zoom camera. Not the best of days to try it out!!! I do remember coming here many years ago with my family for summer outings where we would mess about in the stream for hours on end.

    View from Tilberthwaite park. Tilberthwaite Tilberthwaite You can't see the snow in the distance Tilberthwaite and Nick
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Adventure Travel

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Coniston Favorites

  • Black Bull Inn

    The Black Bull Inn, a 400 year old coaching inn at the foot of Coniston Old Man.....a great place to take in the village ambience and sample that Bluebird and other refreshments here. Its always a popular place and a hub of activity.

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  • Information Office

    When you first enter Conniston one of the first things you should do is visit the tourist information office....this will be your best source of information. Inside there are hundreds of leaflets advertising events and places to visit in and around the area. The staff are very helpfull and not on a hard sell. When we visited this office the staff...

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  • Campbell on Coniston

    Of course Coniston is famous for Donald Campbell and his famous "Bluebird". Donald Campbell CBE was the obsessive holder of world land and water speed records and died in Coniston lake on January 4 1967 while trying to break his own record. Possibly striking a log the turbo jet powered hyfroplane "Bluebird" disintegrated at around 300 miles an...

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