Things To Do Around Coniston


The village of Coniston is nestled under the enormous crag that is The Old Man of Coniston and next to Coniston Water – one of the most beautiful areas of the Lake District.

The village itself is small with a fantastic visitor centre and a number of different pubs and shops. It’s the perfect starting point to exploring this part of the Lakes and even further afield.

There’s so much to do in the Lake District! Here is a summary of some of our ‘top tips’ so that you can make the most of your stay.

Water sports

Coniston is a great place to enjoy water sports! You can visit the Coniston Boating Centre from where you can hire out motorboats, rowing boats, canoes or sailing dinghies and there are also a number of launching sites for privately owned boats. If you prefer to enjoy the view and get a bit less wet, then you can opt to take a Gondola across the lake and enjoy the scenery that way.


There are so many different walks you can take from Coniston that you’ll be spoiled for choice! There’s something for everyone, from easily accessible paths for children or those with disabilities to full-on rock climbing, so take your pick. The National Park runs regular guided walks and the visitor centre will happily sell you all manner of maps and waking guides. Bring your walking boots!

Rock Climbing, Scrambling, Abseiling and Canyoning

Coniston is famous for the array of exciting mountaineering activities on offer and there is something for everyone from the novice to an experienced climber. Contact the Coniston Visitor Centre for more information.


You can bring your mountain or road bike with you (secure bike storage will be available for 2018) or you can hire one from The Coniston Boating Centre to enjoy a huge number of different rides and trails in the area.


If you are a budding artist then why not spend a day on a Water Colour course? Local Artist Jackie Hadwin runs all day courses and there are also various other studios to be found around the place so bring your paints and brushes and you can spend some of your break capturing the breathtaking views.


Other Useful Links

There are other useful websites that will help you to make the most of your stay with us – have a look at the following:

Visit Cumbria

Go Lakes

The Lake District National Park website

Go Ape Grizedale