Whether it’s for a quiet, out of season short break or holiday, a group of couples on a walking weekend or a family holiday, the Lake District is now a 365 day a year destination for all.
It’s just down to choosing a destination and Coniston fits the bill perfectly. Smaller so naturally a little quieter than Ambleside and Bowness, Coniston provides everything for a romantic getaway but so too those who are seeking a little bit of adventure and outdoor pursuits. Visit Coniston in the winter and witness the stunning mirror reflections on the lake, September and October for some of the best examples of autumnal landscapes in the Lake District, spring full of daffodils and summer, simply staycation heaven.
Beautiful Coniston Water is where most people venture too. Hire a boat or canoe from Coniston Boating Centre or take the more relaxed approach to spending time on Coniston Water by going on the Victorian steam yacht gondola, Cumbria Tourism Awards Attraction of the year 2016, which reopens April 1st. But to be really at one with Coniston Water then bring a swimming costume! There is an annual Chill Swim in Coniston. A long distance open water swimming at its best where the participants swim end to end, 5.25 miles. This event is well worth spectating and always has a great atmosphere.
Road biking and mountain biking are both popular activities and the recently improved cycle routes from Torver to Coniston and around the lake make cycling easier and safer. Mountain bikers that like a bit of gradient can cycle up and over Walna Scar. The prize at the top are the views reaching right down to Morecambe Bay, across so much of the Lake District and even Scafell Pike in view.
But walking is always going to be the number one activity when visiting Coniston. A flat walk around Coniston Water is a joy but head up onto the fells and be awarded the fabulous views. Coniston Old Man is the most famous fell but is most definitely one to do on a good day. A walk up Walna Scar is never a bad route or for a quieter walk then Wetherlam is ideal and the route takes walkers down through the Coppermines Valley where remains of the mining industry can still be seen.
Specialists in holiday cottages in and around Coniston is the The Lakeland Cottage Company who have a choice ranging from romantic retreats for two to large country houses. Visit www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk website for more details