Quieter Central Lakes village Coniston just inland from the shores of Coniston Water is the perfect family activity holiday location popular for romantic breaks, challenging walking holidays and with literary lovers on the John Ruskin and Arthur Ransome ‘Swallows and Amazons’ trail. The great granddad of the Lake District peaks, Coniston Old Man and the beautiful Furness Fells surround Coniston village offering great walking territory and you’ll find family fun cycling and walking close by in Grizedale Forest Park.
Choose from a variety of themed boat trips from Coniston Launch, within walking distance of the village centre, these include cruises focused on speedboat record holder Donald Campbell, or a trip on the National Trust’s Victorian Gondola which stops off at Brantwood, John Ruskin’s beautiful waterfront historic home on the eastern shoreline. Water sports fans will find a range of boats for hire, from canoes and rowing boats to small electric self-drives and sailing dinghies at the Coniston Boating Centre only
Other popular outdoor activities around Coniston include horse trekking in the Torver area and several activity centres offering family and corporate activity packages are located in and around the village.Alpine style Coniston nestles right at the foot of Coniston Old Man and has long been a favourite with artists including the poet Tennyson who honeymooned here and Arthur Ransome whose ‘Swallows and Amazons’ children’s book was inspired by the sights and scenes of Coniston Water.
Take a tour of the Ruskin Museum in the village in conjunction with a visit to Brantwood and dine out in some of Lakeland’s most famous inns including the 400 year old Black Bull coaching inn, a popular haunt of Wordsworth and the Romantic poets, serving fine ales like the aptly named Bluebird Bitter brewed by local Coniston brewery. Browse and book Coniston hotels and accommodation online.