Coniston is a “must see” Lake District village nestling beneath the protective cover of the “Old Man Of Coniston” towering 2,000 feet above the village.
Famous for its Coppermines (not safe to enter!!) which reached their economic peak in the 1850’s,for the visitor there is much to see and many reasons to tarry awhile.
At the pierhead you can hire an electric or rowing boat by the hour and find tranquility on the lake.You can take a memorable trip on the Steam Yacht Gondola redolent of the splendourous steam age or travel to Brantwood on a ferry across the lake.
There are pubs and cafes for refreshment and many shops to browse in.
The village is heavily associated with John Ruskin,one of the great Victorians. Ruskin was an artist, amateur geologist, art critic, teacher, writer, social critic and philosopher. The John Ruskin Museum named after him is in the village centre and well worth a visit.
Also forever to be associated with Coniston is Donald Campbell who used the lake for his world record attempts in the 1960’s and who tragically died when Bluebird flipped over on a run down the lake in 1965. Bluebird was rescued from the lake bottom recently and is to be restored and be returned to the village as a testimonial to Donald Campbell.