Things to do around Coniston

Boat tours and boat hire on Coniston Water

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Coniston Boating Centre

Have a great family day out on Coniston water. Book online now for boat hire - motor boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, electric bikes and more.

Our friendly staff will help you make the most of your adventure, and the Bluebird Café has a delicious range of food, drinks and ice creams.

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Steam Yacht Gondola

Take a gentle steam-powered cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola which launches from Coniston Boating Centre and other jetties around the lake - see the map below for details. Sails from March to October.

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Coniston Launch

The Coniston Launch has various cruises around the lake. It sails from Coniston Boating Centre, with stops at Brantwood and other jetties around the lake. Sails all year round, but not every day from November to February.

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Map of Coniston Water

Map and guide to Coniston Water

Our printable map of Coniston Water shows you where to park, where to hire boats, footpaths and cycle routes, where to catch a boat trip from, and of course where to hire your boats and bikes at Coniston Boating Centre.

Map and guide to Coniston Water

Places to visit around Coniston

Hawkshead village with the Lake District fells on the horizon

Hawkshead village with views over the Lake District fells.

Hawkshead Village

The picturesque traditional village of Hawkshead is top of many Lake District visitors' must-see lists. With winding, cobbled car-free streets and a selection of shops, cafés and inns, you can also get great views of the surrounding fells from the Church just outside the village.

The Beatrix Potter gallery hosts original sketches and paintings of Peter Rabbit and his friends, and the Old Hawkshead Grammar School still has William Wordsworth's name carved into a wooden desk.

Brantwood house with view over Coniston Water

Brantwood House

The home of John Ruskin, the house, gardens and estate host many of Ruskin's treasures, along with contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events.

Ruskin Museum in Coniston Village

The museum, in the centre of Coniston village, tells the story of Coniston from the first Stone Age fell-walkers, who made and traded stone axes, to the Jet Era when the 1950s speed ace Donald Campbell used Coniston Water as Bluebird K7’s race-track.

Coniston Copper Mines

Download a self-guided trail to see the remains of the Coniston Coppermines. With insights into the geology, how the copper-mining industry developed, and the miners and their families who earned their livelihoods from it, it gives a great glimpse into Coniston's past.

Walking routes near Coniston

Miles without Stiles routes, easy access routes:

The Greenwood Trails

A collection of walks in Rusland, an area that stretches between Winderemere and Coniston Water to the south of Grizedale forest.