Enjoying a stunning location on the banks of the famous Coniston Water, The Waterhead Hotel is perfectly placed for exploring all the fabulous attractions that the Lake District National Park has to offer, with hills, fells, mountains, lakes and picturesque towns and villages such as Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere and Keswick all within easy reach.
The Old Man of Coniston is 2,634 feet (803m) high, and lies to the west of the village of Coniston and the lake, Coniston Water. The fell is sometimes known by the alternative name of Coniston Old Man, or simply The Old Man. The mountain is popular with tourists and fell-walkers with a number of well-marked paths to the summit. The mountain has also seen extensive slate mining activity for eight hundred years and the remains of abandoned mines and spoil tips are a significant feature of the north-east slopes.
Walking up to Old Man of Coniston is one of the classics of the Lake District and should be on everyone’s to-do list.
Hill Top is Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life and her spiritual home. Packed full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a ‘tale’. As you stroll up the garden path, imagine playful Tom Kitten or Jemima Puddleduck hunting for a place to lay her eggs.
The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables and there’s a working farm night door. You will see why she loved it so much and used it and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her famous children’s tales.
The Ruskin Museum was founded as Coniston’s permanent memorial to its most famous resident, John Ruskin, who died on 20 January 1900. The museum is is an award-winning ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ which 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 is also Swallows and Amazons country. Arthur Ransome fictionalised the lake and The Old Man, borrowed Peel Island’s secret harbour for Wild Cat Island, and ‘SY Gondola’ for Captain Flint’s houseboat, and used the copper-mines and slate-quarries as the context for Pigeon Post. His readers will discover in the museum the sailing dinghy Mavis, the inspiration of the fictional Amazon, complete with centre-board.
Brantwood, on the shores of Coniston Water, was the home of John Ruskin, one of the greatest figures of the Victorian age. Ruskin was a poet, an artist, a critic, a social revolutionary and a conservationist.
Ruskin’s former home has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Brantwood offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent in the Lakes.
Many great thinkers have been influenced by Ruskin’s ideas and Brantwood remains a place of inspiration today. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations with Ruskin’s legacy With its many contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events, together with its education work in the wider community, Brantwood continues in the Ruskin tradition today.
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