Things to do in Coniston, Hawkshead, Sawrey, in the Lake District

Brantwood House and Gardens

The Brantwood historic house and gardens was once the home of John Ruskin who is a well known part of the history of Coniston for his large collection of writings, drawings and watercolours. The house is also a museum showing a collection of Ruskin's possessions for you to explore.

Coniston Boating Centre
Coniston Boating Centre

Just outside the pretty village of Coniston this boating centre provides electric self drive boats, rowing boats, dinghys, canoes and kayaks right on the shores of Coniston Water. There are also picnic areas and a cafe close by. Tel: 01539 441366

Hodge Close Quarry
Hodge Close Quarry

An impressive hole with a deep pool offers divers and rock climbers a great place to indulge in their hobby

Russell Colman Photography

Russell Colman Photography is a studio located just outside Bowness-on-Windermere in the grounds of a beautiful, Lakeland country house.

Esthwaite Water - Fishing

Set in the Silurian Hills of the Lake District Esthwaite Water near Hawkshead is a fantastic venue for trout, pike, course and roach fishing.

River Deep Mountain High

An outdoor activity provider introducing you to activities such abseiling, kayaking, mountain biking and canoeing in a variety of different locations. Tel: 01539 528666

Tilberthwaite Quarry
Tilberthwaite Quarry

Excellent routes adorn this slate quarry. It is easily accessed from the car park 3km from Coniston.

Old Man of Coniston Walks

Overlooking the village of Coniston is the beautiful fell known as the `Old Man of Coniston'. A part of the Furness Fells, this summit is over 800 metres high and is interesting to the eye with evidence mining that was done here years ago.

Walking to Lever Waterfalls & Levers Water

If you are walking in the Coppermines Valley area then you should definitely visit the Lever Waterfalls and the reservoir of Levers Water.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

A gallery of Beatrix Potter's illustrations and drawings can be found in the 17th Century building which was once the office to her solicitor husband, William Heelis. The gallery has a ever changing exhibition of her work with a room styled as her husband once had it as an office.

Coniston Water

The third largest lake in the Lake District is Coniston Water measuring five miles long and half a mile wide. This is a very popular tourist attraction with a cafe by the pier.

Coniston Launch

This is an environmentally friendly boat service ideal for walkers, cyclists and those who enjoy a peaceful cruise. Special `Swallows and Amazons' tours available. Tel: 01768 775753

The Gondola at Coniston Water

The original `Gondola', a rebuilt Victorian steam yacht, was first launched in 1859 and now completely rebuilt by the National Trust, gives passengers the chance to sail in sumptuous, upholster saloons!

Cycling around Coniston

The shores of Coniston Water provides one of the loveliest and easiest stretches of cycling in The Lake District. There are many trails around the lake much of which are available from the visitor centre's in the area. Coniston itself is a lovely village with a selection of pubs and cafes and the opportunity to hire a boat at Coniston Boating Centre.

Go Ape in Grizedale Forest

If rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip wires sound like your thing, Go Ape is the place to go during your holiday. This challenging course is up high in the tree tops and is an exhilarating adventure for all ages.

The Ruskin Museum

Learn all about the famous people of Coniston including John Ruskin, Donald Campbell and Arthur Ransome. A fascinating museum. Tel: 01539 441164

Coniston Brewing Company

Hidden behind the pub in Consiton is the `Coniston Brewing Company'. Local ales have been brewed here since 1995 and you can taste one of these six popular beers in the Black Bull Inn situated in front of the brewery.

Ruskin Museum

Since 1901 Ruskin museum has been open for visitors in Coniston, it was set up in memory of John Ruskin who was well known for his talents in the Victorian era, just a few of these talents are in art, geology, writing and teaching. The museum shows information and artifacts about the history of Coniston.

Grizedale Forest

The popular woodland of Grizedale Forest measures over 24km squared and is full of activities and attractions to enjoy during your holiday.

Cycling in Grizedale Forest

As well as several designated walking paths Grizedale Forest Park also provides dedicated routes for cyclist and mountain bikers. There are a range of waymarked trails that lead around the forest.

Crook Barn Stables
Crook Barn Stables

Enjoy stunning scenery through bridleways and thoroughfares on one of the horses at the Crook Barn stables. Visitors can also say hello to the other farmyard animals on site - chickens, ducks, geese and pigs. Tel: 01539 441088

Walk around Tarn Hows

The beautiful area around Tarn Hows is a very popular place for tourists, with three adjoining tarns uniquely surrounded with a mass of coniferous woodland.

Lakeland Photo Workshops

Take inspiration from this and other stunning locations to capture great photographs. Take your photography to the next level with Lakeland Photo Workshops

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