The tranquil village of Coniston is best known for its hill walking and rock climbing. Old Man of Coniston or Coniston Old Man is a fell in the area (2,635ft high) and attracts thousands of visitors each year. On a clear day you can see out to Blackpool Tower, Morecambe Bay and the Isle of Man.
Coniston is also known as the home of the multi-talented John Ruskin. Although originally born in London, Ruskin spent the last 30 years of his life in the country home of Brantwood which is situated close to Coniston Lake. In addition to his skills as architect, poet and artist, Ruskin was also a skilled geologist, teacher and political thinker. Shortly after his death in 1900, a museum was founded in the village as a memorial to this great figure.
Also honoured in the John Ruskin Museum is Donald Campbell who broke six World Water Speed Records in the 1950’s, four of those on Coniston Water. As he attempted to break the record for the eighth time in 1967, his hydroplane Bluebird K7 crashed at 290mph. His body and boat were found by divers in May 2001 and a funeral service was held in September of the same year; the Bluebird K7 was restored and donated to the John Ruskin Museum in 2009.
Awarded the ‘Village of the Year’ in 1997, Coniston is home to variety of shops, primary school, petrol station and some of the largest quarries and copper mines in the UK.
The village is 12 miles/about 20 minutes’ drive away from the Windermere Suites. To find out how to get to Cartmel, view the directions from Google Maps.