A guide to holidays in Coniston
Located just a short distance from the scenic shores of Coniston Water, Coniston is the perfect base for exploring this spectacular lake as well as the rest of the Lake District National Park.
The towering Old Man mountain provides a dramatic backdrop for your stay in Coniston, and acts as a challenge for walkers and hikers. Heading out from the village you can also enjoy some memorable walks through what is known as the Coppermine Valley. In the 19th century, Coniston was home to Europe’s most productive copper mines, and the remains of these can be seen throughout the valley, offering a walk through history and an unusual industrial landscape. Gentle walks can also be enjoyed at the nearby beauty spot of Tarn Hows. Once owned by Beatrix Potter, this stunning body of water is a must-visit simply for the views, with a footpath circling the entire tarn.
From Coniston Pier, you can board a boat and appreciate the natural beauty of the lake from the water itself. Coniston Launch runs regular boat rides from April until September, as well as special cruises to Wild Cat Island, as seen in the film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons. Also departing from the pier is the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola. This fully restored vintage yacht gondola is how Victorians would have travelled in style about the lake, and the crew give a full commentary of the sights you can see in the distance.
If you’re planning to learn a little more about the local area during your stay at our Coniston cottages, be sure to pay a visit to the village’s Ruskin Museum. It not only celebrates the life and work of John Ruskin, one of Coniston’s most famous former residents, but also charts the history of the village with artefacts dating back as far as the stone age. His former home, Brantwood, is also open to the public and features many of Ruskin’s most prized possessions as well as a collection of paintings and antique furniture.
Lying to the east of Coniston is the pretty village of Hawkshead, the perfect place to pay a visit to for a day trip. Lined with cobbles and 18th century buildings, the streets are a delight to wander through, and you can also learn more about Beatrix Potter, another of the region’s most famous residents and one of the country’s best-loved authors, at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
If you’ve been inspired to base your Lake District holiday by the shores of Coniston Water, take a look at our full collection of Coniston holiday cottages above. You’ll find the perfect place to stay among our self-catering accommodation, with each of our cottages set in a great location perfect for exploring both Coniston and the rest of the Lake District.