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Until the copper mines, were revitalised about 1859, Coniston was a scattered rural community. Its best feature is The Old Man of Coniston, rising dramatically behind the houses when seen from the village centre. Coniston is a good centre for walkers and climbers, and those wanting to investigate the Tilberthwaite Slate quarries. Donald Campbell broke the water speed record on Coniston Water in 1955, and was killed attempting to regain it again in 1967. In 1997, Coniston was the first village to be given the title "Village of the Year". John Ruskin lived for the last 30 years of his life at Brantwood, just across the lake. There are 2 public launch services on Coniston Water, the Coniston Launch and the National Trust's Steam Yacht Gondola. Both of these call at Brantwood. The Monk Coniston estate, owned by Beatrix Potter, and given on her death to the National Trust, stretches from Coniston to Skelwith Bridge. It includes the famous beauty spot - Tarn Hows. The Black Bull Inn, top picture, a 400 year old coaching inn at the foot of Coniston Old Man, is home to the Coniston Brewing Company, makers of 'Bluebird Bitter', CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 1998.


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Map reference: SD 304975  Lat: 54.36822 Long: -3.07275

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