History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
If walking doesn't appeal to you, you'll probably enjoy taking a boat trip on Coniston Water. Several private companies provide regular boat trips. The Coniston Steam Gondola is just what it sounds like; a restored boat in the shape of a Venetian gondola, powered by a steam engine. There are also regular tours offered by the Coniston Launch company, with several themed voyages, including a Swallows and Amazon cruise (highly recommended). For Coniston Water was the setting for several of Arthur Ransome's popular 'Swallows and Amazons' stories. Keen readers of Ransome's work will recognize Coniston Water landmarks.
On the far shore of Coniston Water, across from the village, is Brantwood, the residence of Victorian writer John Ruskin. The house is preserved much as Ruskin left it, and the superb gardens provide wonderful views across the lake. The Ruskin Museum in Coniston provides more details of this remarkable man's life and works. John Ruskin is buried in the churchyard of Coniston's parish church.
A short distance away is the grave of Donald Campbell, world speed record pioneer. Campbell was killed on Coniston Water during an attempt on the world speed record when his boat, Bluebell, overturned and capsized. For many years his body lay lost in the depths of the lake, but it was later found, and Campbell was buried here, beneath a simple slate gravestone on which is engraved the shape of a bluebird.
A short distance to the north east is Tarn Hows, a famous Victorian beauty spot, where trails lead around a small lake set in a bowl of hills.
Coniston is proud of the fact that it was the very first recipient of the award 'Village of the Year', in 1999.
Address: Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: At the north west corner of Coniston Water, accessible by road from Ambleside to the north or from Torver to the south.
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Ruskin Museum, Coniston - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Steam Yacht Gondola - 0.3 miles (Family Attraction)
Coniston Water - 1.6 miles (Countryside)
Tom Gill - 1.8 miles (Countryside)
Brantwood - 1.8 miles (Museum)
Tarn Hows - 2 miles (Countryside)
Grizedale Forest Park - 2.8 miles (Countryside)
Hawkshead Old Courthouse - 2.9 miles (Historic Building)
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