Coniston is in the heart of the Lake District National Park. From here you can climb the Old Man, walk along the Cumbrian way, visit John Ruskin's house or museum, have a steam boat journey on the lake or just chill out in one of the five very attractive local pubs. There is even a small local brewery which has won many awards . Coniston stands close to Coniston lake . The lake has been preserved and protected by the National Trust which owns large tracks of land in the area as well as by the local people and is largely unspoilt by modern developments. The village also has preserved its charm with mostly slate roofed and stone built houses. Coniston is also central to the Lake District and all it famous beauty spots and places of cultural interest can be reached from here.
The Lake District by offering such concentration of beautiful areas: mountain scenery, lush green valleys, attractive stone built houses and of course its lakes, is considered by many as one of the most beautiful of the British national parks . Coniston lies at the foot of an imposing horse shoe ridge formed by the mountains of Wetherlam, Swirl How and the Old Man. This forms an entrance gate to a huge area of Lake District Fels, with Scarfel Pike (the highest Mountain in Britain) and the famous Langdale Pikes forming the next ridge. As a centre for walking or mountain biking it can't be compared. Five different mountain bike routes start in Coniston together with uncountable walks.
As said the hugely influential Victorian figure of
John Ruskin made his home here. Beatrix Potter owned
a number of farms in the area and lived not far away
and William Wordsworth house ( one of Britain's most
well known poets) can be easily visited in the
attractive village of Grasmere. Hawkeshead is also
another picturesque local village worth
visiting. Ambleside offers good shopping
facilities especially for mountain clothing and
equipment. Nearby Windermere and Bowness offer
access to boat trips on Lake Windermere ( the
Largest lake in England). Here is also the train
station with connections to Manchester and the rest
of the country. Cruises on the steamer on Coniston
Lake, however are certainly at least as charming as
those on its larger cousin. Coniston lake also
offers a beautiful, natural and totally unpolluted
area for boating,swimming and fishing.
Drysdale Forest which starts on the borders of the lake is a vast forest area that again offers a very attractive area for biking and walking. There is also an art exhibition and outdoor pursuits centre in the forest with some of its tallest trees providing an adventure play ground.