Things to do in Coniston
Attractions and outdoor activities around Coniston cater for all tastes from fun family watersports and boat trips on Coniston Water to tours of Brantwood, historic home of the great Victorian poet and social commentator John Ruskin. Find out more about John Ruskin and Donald Campbell’s record breaking speedboat achievements in the superb Ruskin Museum in Coniston village.
Coniston Water has strong literary links not just to John Ruskin but also to Arthur Ransome, author of ‘Swallows and Amazons’. A choice of boat trips around Coniston Water are available to visitors with regular year round scheduled cruises offered Coniston Launch.
Outdoor Activities in Coniston & on Coniston Water
Outdoor activity Centres in Coniston offer canoeing, kayaking and sailing lessons on Coniston Water plus a range of land-based activities like rock climbing, scrambling and adventure mountain walks around Coniston Old Man and the Furness Fells. Enjoy great family woodland trails and family assault courses in nearby Grizedale Forest Park or go horse riding which is widely available in the area.
Opportunities for walking around Coniston Water are numerous with a choice of low level gentle lakeside walks and challenging fell walks available, access to which usually coincides with jetty landing points. Enjoy beautiful woodland trails in Grizedale Forest Park which flanks the eastern shores of Coniston Water or go horse riding available in the Torver area around the lake. Lots of land-based outdoor activities around Coniston and the Furness Fells are offered by outdoor activity centres in the area including adventure mountain walking, scrambling and rock climbing.
The beautiful Furness Fells with famous peak The Old Man of Coniston is one of the Lake District’s favourite walking areas featuring beautiful tarns like Tarn Hows.