Coniston used to be a farming village, focused also on its copper and slate mines. The construction of the Furness Railway in 1859 terminated at Coniston railways station, which allowed for an influx of visitors in the Victorian Era.
The village’s popularity can also be traced back to the poet John Ruskin, whose remains are in the churchyard of St Andrew’s in Coniston. John Ruskin lived in a mansion on the eastern side of Coniston Water in 1871, called the Brantwood.
The Lake District National Park added a tourism boom to Coniston in 1951, turning it into an ideal location for rock climbing and hill walking, amongst other sports. Providing a location for many activities and relaxing days, Coniston is a beautiful village in the southern area of the Lake District.
Founded in 1901 as a local museum and as a memorial to the poet John Ruskin, the Ruskin Museum covers the heritage and history of the Lake District and Coniston Water. With collections covering the diverse history of the region, you can see material on farming, geology, the copper and slate mines, and much more.
Providing an educational visit, the Ruskin Museum is a place where history and nature combine to showcase interesting and diverse subjects. Your students will be able to experience first hand the many collections of cultural heritage present at the museum.
Old Man of Coniston
This fell to 2,634 feet high and a popular location for tourists and walkers, as it provides many walking routes that both adults and children can enjoy. The surrounding scenery is a stunning representation of what Coniston has to offer, with plenty of fresh air and nature.
You can see many flocks of sheep grazing on the mountain as you take in the wonderful atmosphere. The perfect location for an exercise-filled day, you can choose a walk with a difficulty that meets your students’ needs.
The third largest lake in the Lake District, Coniston Water is approximately five miles long and half a mile wide. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Coniston Water provided a fish source for the monks of Furness Abbey. The village and Old Man Coniston are located above the western shore, and you can hire boats to appreciate the surrounding scenery in a new light.
Many water sports such as canoeing and kayaking keep attracting tourists to Coniston Water, making an ideal location for sports-related activities.
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