Originally a mining and slate quarrying village, is situated in the Lake District between Coniston Water and Coniston Old Man, Coniston got it’s name from the Anglo Saxon King’s Village.

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Village: Coniston

OS grid ref: SD305975

Coordinates: 54° 22′ 4.8″ N, 3° 4′ 22.8″ W

Nearest lake/tarn: Coniston Water

Nearest mountain/fell: Coniston Old Man

Fortunately quarrying and mining became so profitable that in approximately 1859 a railway was built to bring out the copper and slate. Coniston became a popular tourist location when this railway was opened to passengers. Sadly, this line was then closed around 1964. However, the creation of the National Park in the 1950s helped to boost tourism by having attractions like The Ruskin Museum, and at this stage the passenger ferry service across the lake had just started to develop.

Today the picturesque village of Coniston has remained a popular tourist location with a large variety of accommodation and attractions on offer, as well as a popular area for hill walking and rock climbing.


St Andrew’s

Interesting spots nearby

Tarn Hows

Accommodation near Coniston

Wheelgate | Coniston Cottages | Crake Valley Holiday Park

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Windermere Bowness on Windermere Ambleside Coniston Hawkshead Keswick

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