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Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Coniston & Grizedale
Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Coniston & Grizedale

World Heritage Signature Experiences
Coniston & Grizedale

The Old Man of Coniston (mountain) has seen many changes in the Coniston valley over the millennia: the building of prehistoric burial cairns and medieval monasteries; the noisy age of copper mining and slate quarrying and the inspirational era of leisure, literature, art and the outdoors that we continue to enjoy today.

With our partners Lakes Culture, we have selected some luxurious, dark and hands-on World Heritage experiences that you won’t get anywhere else. Choose to do one or all of them, then find a great place to stay with our suggestions below.

The Ruskin Experience

Ruskin Experience Gondola

Travel in style to Ruskin's home

A unique opportunity to experience luxury travel across Coniston Water on the pristine Steam Yacht Gondola; something that used to be just for wealthy Victorians. The Gondola will deliver you to the jetty at Brantwood, for an enlightening day at the beautiful home of John Ruskin.

Ruskin was a lover of art and architecture and a radical thinker in Victorian society. His influences are still seen today; he inspired the founders of the National Health Service, the National Trust and public libraries. He had international influences on important issues such as the minimum wage, women’s education and environmental protection.

At Brantwood, don’t miss the eight carefully designed gardens - particularly the journey to Dante’s paradise - and a chance to play the musical stones, before re-joining the Gondola for your return journey.

Please note: The Gondola operates between April and October.

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Art & Literature Retreat

Brantwood, overlooking Coniston Water

Brantwood

All of us have at some time or another experienced a landscape that speaks to our innermost being - a spiritual landscape. It may not be an important place, just one that connects with you or has special associations. The Lake District, like many different landscapes, has been a source of inspiration for music, art, literature and dance.

This artistic and literary retreat at the historic location of Brantwood in Coniston will allow you to look at the ways in which different landscapes have been shaped and managed to express their spiritual and special qualities, and see how the Brantwood estate will inspire you.

This event takes place 21-23 Sept 2018

Engineer for the Day

Be an 'Engineer for the day' aboard Steam Yacht Gondola

Gondola’s story is rooted in the beginnings of tourism in the Lake District when the first Picturesque travellers came here in the late 18th century. This Engineer for the Day experience is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the nostalgia of the age of steam by rolling up your sleeves and being part of the crew for a hands-on adventure.

You’ll spend time up on the helm as well as experiencing life in the engine room of this magnificent, rebuilt, Victorian steam boat travelling across Coniston Water under the gaze of the Old Man of Coniston fell (mountain). After all your hard work you can tuck into a hearty lunch from the Bluebird Café included as part of your experience, also included is a ticket for your family/friends so they can capture your toil at the helm. No prior experience needed.

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Coniston Steam Yacht Gondola

Be an early Lake District tourist

Experience the
Grand Victorian Circular Tour

Accompanied by an entertaining and knowledgeable National Trust tour guide you can relive the Lake District as the early tourists did in the Victorian and Edwardian era. The full day experience includes being transported by steam train and luxury steam yacht, a delicious picnic and taking in key viewing points. We’ve added a little help from modernity to make the connections easier and more comfortable, and feel free to use your camera or phone to capture the views instead of needing to draw them in your sketchbooks.

This event takes place on 15 June and 7 Sept. Book on to one of the dates or small groups are welcome to get in touch to arrange a date.

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Grand Victorian Circular Tour

Find places to stay

We have a collection of great places to stay around the Coniston & Grizedale area.
Please click any of the links below to view details and book your stay.

High Dale Park Barn

High Dale Park Barn

The property is situated in an extremely peaceful location, well within the Lake District National Park, at the head of the tiny, unspoilt valley of Dale Park. Dale Park is one of Lakeland's best kept secrets. It abounds in wild life.

Orchard Cottage

Orchard Cottage

Orchard Cottage is centrally situated in Coniston village. Excellent accommodation with three attractive en suite rooms all on ground level. Tea and coffee making facilities. Guest lounge with television, separate dining room.

Howe Farm Bed & Breakfast

Howe Farm Bed & Breakfast

Howe Farm is a traditional working farm offering quality accommodation and spectacular views over Esthwaite water. A warm welcome is assured.

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Hacket Forge

This idyllic Lakeland cottage revels in its surroundings on the banks of the River Brathay, and is just a short walk from the picturesque Little Langdale.

Park Cottage Ext

Park Cottage

Thought to have once been a byre, Park Cottage was converted into a dwelling in 1904. It retains many original features and offers a cosy and relaxing rural retreat for a holiday in any season.

Mere Syke Cottage

Mere Syke Cottage

Close to Elterwater village Mere Syke Cottage is a great property for a family holiday. Sleeps up to 6, well equipped and spacious. The views at Mere Syke are stunning, it will be a struggle to leave!

Walker Ground Manor 5* B&B

Walker Ground Manor

A beautiful traditional English Lake District country house dating from 1680 retaining many original features, set in its own grounds. Offers guests 5 star accommodation within a relaxed & friendly atmosphere.

Wheelgate Country Guesthouse

Wheelgate Bed & Breakfast

Welcoming and friendly B&B, award-winning breakfast, spacious, well-equipped rooms. Free Wi-Fi. Ideal base for exploring.

Walker Ground Barn

Walker Ground Barn

This converted traditional Lakeland stone barn is situated in a picturesque rural location at the end of a small lane and next to the bridle path leading to Grizedale Forrest. Sleeps 4, accepts 1 well behaved dog. Change over day Saturday.

Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel

This independent, hostel is perfectly situated in the picturesque village of Elterwater, at the heart of the Langdale Valley in the English Lake District.

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Yewfield Vegetarian Guest House

An impressive Gothic and towered house, dating back to 1859. Set in 80 acres of grounds by the beauty spot of Tarn Hows, Hawkshead.

Coniston Country Cottages

Coniston Cottages

Cottages and apartments full of character set amidst the beautiful lake and mountain scenery of Coniston. Central location provides easy access for exploring the Lake District.

The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages

The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages

Many of our cottages are over 100 years old; and most have been sympathetically restored and refurbished to a high standard. Many have outstanding views, log fires, exposed beams, antique furniture, quality and great character

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Puddleduck

Puddleduck is quietly situated in a picturesque woodland setting just above Skelwith Bridge in the Neaum Crag estate, at the entrance to The Langdale Valley with some of the Lake District's finest walks easily to hand.

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Bens

Bens is a deceptively spacious holiday home in the pretty village of Elterwater. An ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside and many nearby attractions.

Wistaria Cottage & No.3 Main Street

Wistaria Cottage & No.3 Main Street

Traditional 18thC cottages in the village centre, ideal for fell and valley walking. Tastefully furnished and well equipped. Serviced by owners. Off-peak heating and open log fires. Sleeps 4 & 3.

Forest Cottage Ext

Forest Cottage

Forest Cottage is one of 5 cottages at Townson Ground, a 400 year old country estate tucked away between the lake and Grizedale Forest at the north eastern end of Coniston Water.

Summer Hill Country House

Summer Hill Country House

Set between the popular villages of Hawkshead and Coniston and a short walk from Tarn Hows, Summer Hill offers contemporary luxurious guest facilities in a traditional Lake District country house.

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Mellbreak

Set in Chapel Stile - one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District and the gateway to the Langdale valley, Mellbreak is superbly located, surrounded by fells such as Pike o'Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the craggy peaks of

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