Attractions Around Coniston

Go Ape
Obstacle course through the tops of trees, also offers zip-trekking adventure on a longer course through the forest. Min ages, minimum heights and maximum weight restrictions apply; please check website for these details, opening times and prices. Participants should be able to climb rope ladder. Grizedale Forest Park, Satterthwaite LA22 0QJ. Between Coniston Water and Windermere, S of Hawkshead, follow forest park visitor centre signs. Mid-size attraction. Book on 0845 643 9086 or through this link:-
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Coniston Boating Centre
Hire an electric self-drive boat, rowing boat, sailing dinghy, canoe or kayak or launch your own boat. Also sailing lessons and activities. Small to mid-size attraction. Tweets @ConistonBoating Opening times and prices on their website Picnics by lake and cafe. Lake Road, Coniston, LA21 8EW Tel. 015394 41366
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Steam Yacht Gondola
Elegant historic boat on Coniston Water that really does run on steam. Sails daily between Coniston pier, Brantwood and Monk Coniston. Half Lake Cruise, Full Lake Cruise, Engineer for the Day experience, Picnic Cruise, Sunday Tea Cruise, Parkamoor Walkers' Cruise, Lake Bank Walkers' Cruise, Ruskin Experience. Timetables and prices for sailings listed on the jetty and these and more on the National Trust website (link below) Large attraction. Coniston Pier at end of Lake Road half-mile towards Ulverston from village centre. 015394 41288
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Grizedale Forest
Working forestry commission woodlands, 2447 hectares, with many tourist attractions including 8 waymarked trails from wheelchair-friendly to 9-mile, 5 hour strenuous hike; 5 waymarked cycle trails, 2-14 miles plus more challenging North Face Trail; large forest sculptures, Go Ape (see separate entry), bike hire, cafe/restaurant with terrace, shop. Visitor Centre and shop. Large-size attraction. Grizedale Forest Park, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ Between Coniston Water and Windermere accessible by minor roads from A590 between Newby Bridge and Haverthwaite in S and B5285 Coniston to Hawkshead road in N. 7 car parks dotted round forest, visitor centre is 1 mile N of Sattrthwaite, 2 miles S of Hawkshead, signposted. Tel. 01229 860010
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Ruskin Museum
Ruskin collection, Donald Campbell story, coppermines, slate, geology, farming etc. miniature village by John Usher. Small attraction. Yewdale Road, Coniston, LA21 8DU centre of village. Opening times and admission fees on their website Tel. 015394 41164
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Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery
Largest stocked lake (280 acres) in NW England. Bank, row and motor boat fishing (own boat or hire), tackle hire and shop, tuition, farm shop and fish sales; rainbow trout, brown trout, pike, roach. Day shore permit available. The Boat House, Ridding Wood, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0QF 015394 36541
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Brantwood
Former home and gardens of John Ruskin, Victorian artist, critic and writer. Art galleries, concerts, outdoor theatre events, activities, cafe/restaurant. Mid-size attraction. On E shore of Coniston Water by lake shore road. Opening times and admission charges are on their website with event details. Accommodation to rent here also. CA21 8AD 015394 41396
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