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Coniston and Grizedale

The village of Coniston lies beside Coniston Water, the third largest of the lakes in the Lake District. The famous fell of Coniston Old Man towers above the village and is frequently climbed from the village via Church Beck and the copper mines, but various other routes are available.

Coniston is a wonderful base for fell walkers, with the Coniston fells so close and other Lake District peaks such as Scafell Pike within easy reach, but there is also plenty for the less energetic visitor to see and do too.

The Victorian artist, art critic, poet and political thinker John Ruskin lived across the lake at Brantwood and is buried in the graveyard at St Andrew’s Church. Visitors can see his memorial cross of green slate from the Tilberthwaite quarry and find out more at the Ruskin Museum in the town. It also houses exhibits of local life, including that of Donald Campbell, who was killed on Coniston Water whilst attempting to regain the water speed record in 1967. A replica of Bluebird and more information can be found in the Lakeland Motor Museum at Newby Bridge.

Brantwood itself is open to visitors and can be reached by taking the launch across the lake. The house has seven rooms open to the public, where you can see Ruskin’s furniture, personal memorabilia and works of art. The mountainside gardens and estate are also open to visitors, so it is easy to spend a whole day here.

Coniston Water was the setting for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’, and a ninety minute cruise around the lake will introduce visitors to many of the locations he described.

Nearby Grizedale Forest provides plenty of opportunities for excellent outdoor activities; youngsters will love the tree top adventures at Go Ape, while the less daring can enjoy pony and horse riding along the many miles of bridleways and cycling the forest tracks in the area.

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  • near Coniston, Cumbria
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    Hidden Cottage

    near Coniston, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC124173
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Hidden Cottage, a traditional mid terrace built in the 18th Century, is situated close to Coniston Water and village and...
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  • Coniston, Cumbria
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    Fellside

    Coniston, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC124193
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    Nestled in the rugged Coppermines Valley high above Coniston, Fellside offers a cosy retreat for two. For centuries,...
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  • Rusland, near Hawkshead, Cumbria
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    Low Ickenthwaite Farm Cottage

    Rusland, near Hawkshead, Cumbria

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    Ref: 23748
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    A delightful cosy cottage, part of the owners’ former farmhouse in the beautiful Rusland Valley. Set between...

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  • near Coniston, Cumbria
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    Turner’s Cottage

    near Coniston, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC124183
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Just three miles south of Coniston Water, near Lowick, Turner’s Cottage, once part of the local bobbin mill is in...
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  • Rusland, near Hawkshead, Cumbria
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    Cosy Cottage

    Rusland, near Hawkshead, Cumbria

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    Ref: W41283
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Idyllic setting

    A charming little 300 year old semi-detached beamed cottage in a secluded hideaway with...

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  • Coniston, Cumbria
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    Rowlandson Ground Cottage

    Coniston, Cumbria

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    Ref: W8251
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    17th century character cottage

    This charming semi-detached holiday cottage, formerly a monk’s retreat,...

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  • Satterthwaite, Cumbria
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    3 Force Forge

    Satterthwaite, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC124191
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    Just a short distance from the traditional village of Satterthwaite in the heart of Grizedale Forrest country,  3 Force...
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  • Satterthwaite, Cumbria
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    Marigold Barn

    Satterthwaite, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC124165
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A fine example of a traditional lakeland barn, Marigold enjoys a central village location, only a short walk from the...
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  • Coniston, Cumbria
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    Potters Wheel

    Coniston, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC124111
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Potter Wheel is five and a half miles south of Coniston Village, on the south western side of Coniston Water. Set well...
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  • Lowick near Coniston, Cumbria
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    Jasmin Cottage

    Lowick near Coniston, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC124188
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Jasmin Cottage sits close to the banks of the River Crake, just a few miles South of Coniston Water an area popular...
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  • Coniston, Cumbria
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    Copper View

    Coniston, Cumbria

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    Ref: W8499
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio

    Superb mountain views / Two bathrooms

    This spacious light and airy detached holiday bungalow has been...

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  • Coniston, Cumbria
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    Damson Cottage

    Coniston, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC124101
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    This charming traditional Lakeland cottage occupies an idyllic setting on an elevated terrace commanding...
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