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in the county of Cumbria

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About Coniston

There is a timelessness about this pretty village which is set beneath the awesome splendour of "The Old Man of Coniston" towering some 2,500ft above.

The properties in the village, though not of great age are attractive and charming. Some are built from the dark local stone and others have walls that glisten with whitewash. Of the architectual features to be found in Coniston, perhaps the most handsome is a whitewashed, seven doorway terrace, right beneath the Old Man and overlooking the Church Beck's boulder-strewn waters. This terrace is said to be about 165 years old.

Apart from the infinite beauty of Coniston Water, it will be long remembered as the place where Donald Campbell died while trying to break the world water-speed record in 1967. His jet-powered Blue-Bird lost control at more than 300 m.p.h. and it is only recently that Donald Campbell's body was recovered.

Of the historic features - nearby the main street a museum pays tribute to the life and celebrated work of John Ruskin, the victorian writer, critic and social reformer. Ruskin had a profound influence on the general artistic taste of his time and he lived at his home on the far side of Coniston Water from 1871 until his death in 1900. Given the great honour of a grave in Westminster Abbey, he chose instead to buried in a quiet corner of the local churchyard and lies beneath a beautifully carved wooden cross.

Interestingly, this beautiful place was chosen by Arthur Ransome as the setting for his world famous novel Swallows and Amazons.

Coniston and the surrounding lakeland area is popular with anglers, fell walkers and climbers. People converge here for a variety of reasons at all times of the year. In the summer when the sun shines and the land is fresh and green, the beautiful scenery of the lakes is best enjoyed from the water. In the autumn and winter months, with snow clinging to the peak of The Old Man and water cascading down ridges in a series of endless waterfalls, it is then, that this picturesque place comes into its own. The dark waters of Coniston, spread out on the valley floor beneath the snow covered mountainous Old Man in a setting of unrivalled beauty is indeed Lakeland's "Jewel in the Crown" it is no wonder that this special place has long remained the haunt of many celebrated Artists.

Other lakes in the area are, Windermere, Wast Water and to the north of this great area lies Bassenthwaite Lake, Ullswater and Derwent Water. There are many enchanting towns and villages and a host of genial inns and pubs. There are a great many shops all well stocked with the requirements of modern living to locally made souvenirs.

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The Black Bull Inn and Hotel in Coniston, Cumbria, England

The Black Bull Inn and Hotel

Coniston, Cumbria, England (0.1 miles, 0.1 km)
Featuring exposed stone walls, oak beams, and a cosy log-burning stove, this inn was built around 400 years ago and features free Wi-Fi and free parking on site....
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The Yewdale Inn in Coniston, Cumbria, England

The Yewdale Inn

Coniston, Cumbria, England (0.1 miles, 0.1 km)
The Yewdale Inn is a situated in the centre of Coniston, within the Lake District National Park. Built of local stone and slate in 1896, the property was once part guest house, part bank....
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Meadowdore Cafe B&B in Coniston, Cumbria, England

Meadowdore Cafe B&B

Coniston, Cumbria, England (0.1 miles, 0.2 km)
Located in the lakeland village of Coniston, Meadowdore Cafe B&B offers free WiFi access and free on-site parking. Coniston Ferry Landing‎ and the iconic Coniston Water are both just 3 minutes' driv...
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The Crown Inn in Coniston, Cumbria, England3 stars

The Crown Inn

Coniston, Cumbria, England (0.1 miles, 0.2 km)
In the charming Lake District village of Coniston, less than 0.5 miles from Coniston Water, The Crown Inn has a relaxed pub and bright rooms. Guests have free membership to a local health club with a ...
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Lakeland House in Coniston, Cumbria, England4 stars

Lakeland House

Coniston, Cumbria, England (0.2 miles, 0.3 km)
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Bend Or Bump Cottage in Coniston, Cumbria, England

Bend Or Bump Cottage

Coniston, Cumbria, England (0.3 miles, 0.5 km)
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Copper View in Coniston, Cumbria, England

Copper View

Coniston, Cumbria, England (0.5 miles, 0.8 km)
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Nearby travel help

Windermere Station(7.1 miles, 11.4 km, direction E)
Foxfield Station(9.5 miles, 15.2 km, direction SW)
M6 Junction 36(17.2 miles, 27.7 km, direction SE)
M6 Junction 37(18.5 miles, 29.8 km, direction E)
Blackpool Airport(41.1 miles, 66.2 km, direction S)
Isle of Man Airport(65.8 miles, 105.9 km, direction W)
Coniston to London(233.0 miles, 374.9 km, direction SE)