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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.

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.

The Old Farm

The Old Farm

This truly delightful old farm cottage nestles in the heart of the tiny hamlet of Skelwith Fold just two miles from Ambleside and in one of the most peaceful and unspoiled settings in the heart of the lakes.

Mulberry

Mulberry, Swallows Nest & Yewtrees

Set in over 80 acres of grounds with lovely walks straight from the door onto Tarn Hows, one of the Lake District's featured beauty spots.

Kings Arms

Kings Arms

The famous Kings Arms Inn is a friendly, family-run, village centre Inn. Good food, real ales and warm surroundings make this 500 year old inn an ideal stopover in the historic village of Hawkshead. Children and pets welcome.

Jontys Cottage

Jontys Cottage

In a beautiful location surrounded by hills, Jontys Cottage is a spacious but cosy place to enjoy a peaceful holiday. Tastefully refurbished it offers stylish accommodation for up to four people.

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Rowan Cottage

This picturesque part of The Lake District, much loved by Beatrix Potter and where she made her home, offers guests a chance to relax and enjoy the peacefulness and charm of one of the prettiest parts of The National Park.

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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.

Swallows House

Swallows House

Swallows House is a spacious home full of character and with spectacular views. Ideal for a family gathering with the added benefit of a games room.

Cherry Tree Cottage at Satterthwaite

Cherry Tree Cottage at Satterthwaite

A gorgeous and sophisticated cottage in the sleepy hamlet of Satterthwaite, between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere, blissfully secluded yet only a stone's throw from the village pub.

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Daw Bank

Daw Bank is a traditional Lakeland slate cottage located in an enviable position right in the centre of Chapel Stile with the excellent village store just a stone's throw away and Wainwrights Inn just a short stroll.

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

1 Far End Cottages, Coniston

1 Far End Cottages

This charming Grade II Listed cottage is in a lovely peaceful location at the foot of the fell no more than 10 minutes walk from Coniston village where there are a good selection of shops and a number of pubs.

Bottom Shop

Bottom Shop

Originally a Joiners workshop, this charming terraced cottage is traditionally furnished and has stunning views to relax and enjoy. A great location for exploring this beautiful part of Cumbria.

Mill Brow Farm Cottage

Mill Brow Farm Cottage

Mill Brow Cottage offers rather special 2 bedroomed accommodation, located at Skelwith Bridge, gateway to the very scenic Great Langdale valley. Quietly situated away from the road 2.5 miles from Ambleside and Lake Windermere just off A593.

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Langdale Way

Langdale Way is a homely and well equipped first floor apartment for two people with stunning views from it's own private balcony.

The Old Sawpit

The Old Sawpit

Enjoy a cosy holiday in The Old Sawpit. This Elterwater property has lots of character, and sleeps up to 4 people.

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Fell View

Fell View is a converted workshop which now provides superb self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Lakes. The property enjoys elevated views across Elterwater.

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Rosewood by the River

This outstanding luxurious riverside detached residence, which has been professionally interior designed and renovated to the highest standards during 2014, occupies a sublime setting alongside the picturesque Skelwith Bridge, a sleepy haml

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.

Wistaria Cottage & No.3 Main Street

Wistaria Cottage & No.3 Main Street

We have two lovely cottages win the village of Elterwater in the Langdale Valley, which we have owned since the early eighties.

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