Welcome to Coniston


Coniston's other claim to fame is as the location for a string of world-record speed attempts made by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son, Donald, between the 1930s and 1960s. Tragically, after beating the record several times, Donald was killed during an attempt in 1967 when his futuristic jetboat Bluebird flipped at around 320mph. The boat and its pilot were recovered in 2001, and Campbell was buried in the cemetery of St Andrew's church.


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Coniston activities

$532.11 Outdoor Activities

Private Hire - The High Adventure Tour

On leaving Windermere you will head towards the famous the Langdale Valley, famed for rock climbing and walking. You may even spot a local breed of sheep, the Herdwick, as you make you make your way through the valley.   You then begin your ascent of the steep Wrynose & Hardknott mountain passes. The views from the remote and narrow roads towards the fells are spectacular. Make sure you bring your camera, as there will be plenty of opportunities to take those memorable shots throughout the tour.  Arriving in the Eskdale valley, you will board the heritage railway affectionately known as La’al Ratty (little railway), as you make your way down the valley you will travel through ancient woodlands.  Next you travel to Wastwater, once voted ‘Britain’s favourite view’. This location has the deepest Lake in England with its highest mountain, Scafell Pike in the background. The lake is surrounded by mountains, creating a truly dramatic scenery, an image synonymous with the National Park.    You will then have the opportunity to explore Muncaster Castle’s Gardens, which date back to the 18th Century. Where a walk along Georgian Terrace can be enjoyed with fell views in the distance. Travelling back towards the central Lake District, we travel past Coniston and through the Yewdale Valley bringing to an end this classic Lake District tour.

$33.68 Cultural & Theme Tours

Heart of the Lakes

This tour introduces you to the culture and famous characters of The Lake District. Discover the landscapes and history which has created this UNESCO World Heritage Site you see today. This journey takes you to the Langdale Valley, filled with heritage and farmland. There are many picturesque views along the way including Blea Tarn and the Langdale Pikes. You travel over Tarn pass to Coniston, famous for world water speed records and the setting of the book Swallows & Amazons.   Continue on to Tarn Hows, a scenic beauty spot with lake and woodland views. Then to the charming medieval village of Hawkshead, where poet William Wordsworth attended school.  

$68.70 Day Trips & Excursions

Morning Half Day Tour of the Langdale Valley and Coniston

This half day tour will take you around areas full of history and heart stopping scenery in just one morning.  Your morning starts with a scenic drive through typical Lakeland countryside to "one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District", Tarn Hows. You will have an opportunity to stop here and admire the view looking over to the Coniston hills and Langdale Pikes, which form the backdrop to this spectacular corner of the Lake District. As we descend back down from the Tarn, the surrounding countryside opens up before us, dropping away from the road down the rolling hills towards the Yewdale Valley. Plunging into a wooded, mossy dell, we emerge back onto the main road at Monk Coniston sitting on the northern tip of Coniston Water. Pausing here, at the very edge of the lake for you to soak up the atmosphere and tranquillity, we then meander along the shore, climbing up to beautiful Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin. We linger at Brantwood long enough for you to take in the panoramic vista of the lake, overshadowed by Coniston Old Man opposite. Brantwood is the perfect spot for photos across the lake. Down below the house, a path snakes through a garden to the lakeshore jetty where you can walk out onto the lake for more amazing photo opportunities. Looking across the lake, you will see the village of Coniston crouched at the foot of the fells. This is our next location and on arrival, your guide will take you on a short walking tour around the village pointing out all of the interesting features along the way. Moving on up the Yewdale Valley,you will see Yew Tree Farm, famous as a location in the film "Miss Potter". A little further on, beautiful Yew Tree Tarn. We now leave this lowland area and head up into the fells and some staggering, sweeping scenery. Little Langdale is a hamlet of a few scattered stone houses and a pub in the Little Langdale valley. See spectacular views of the Langdale Pikes, a group of peaks on the northern side of the dale. From below, they appear as a sharp rocky ridge, though they are precipitous only on their southern side; to the north, the land sweeps gently to High Raise, the parent peak of the range. The road now turns as we pass Great Langdale which is known to archaeologists as the source of a particular type of Neolithic polished stone axe head, created on the slopes of the Pike of Stickle and traded all over prehistoric Great Britain and Europe. Great Langdale is a huge U-shaped valley formed by glaciers which opens up to us as we descend back down from the fells. Our journey now ends as we return to your starting point.