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Ulverston & Coniston Explorer

Sample the delights of two of the Lake District’s finest regions in one itinerary! Discover traditional craftsmanship along the cobbled streets and market squares in and around Ulverston. Then enjoy a gentle cruise on Coniston Water with its surrounding spectacular fells, an inspiration for the likes of Ruskin, Ransome and Campbell.




09.30 – (1.5 hours duration) Visit Ulverston town centre. This friendly historic market town has its own unique charm. There is a colourful street market on Thursdays and Saturdays and an indoor market five days a week.

11.00am – (45 mins duration) Depart Ulverston Town Centre. Travel to Coniston via A590/A5092


11.45 – (2.25 hours duartion) Arrive in Coniston. This old Lakeland village nestles under the towering crags of Coniston Old Man and close to Coniston Water. Coffee/lunch in Bluebird café on the shores of Coniston Water.


2.00pm – (35 mins duration) Sail on the Steam Yacht Gondola from Coniston Pier to Brantwood. Enjoy Coniston’s scenery from the opulently upholstered heated saloons of the Gondola, originally launched in 1859. Limited coach parking available at Coniston Boating Centre.

2.35pm – (1 hour 35 mins duration) Arrive at Brantwood. Said to be the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District, this former home of John Ruskin displays his drawings, watercolours and personal memorabilia. Also temporary exhibitions, fern garden, bookshop, Jumping Jenny’s restaurant and craft gallery.

4.10pm – (10 mins duration) Leave Brantwood aboard Coniston Launch for return journey.

4.20pm – Arrive back in Coniston.

4.40pm – Leave for hotel or home.

Please note that it advisable that all group visits should pre-book with individual attractions.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details are correct, GoLakes Travel cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or misrepresentation.


Brantwood house is a registered museum. The 9 rooms that Ruskin used are open to the public. The Severn Studio presents a programme of quality art and craft exhibitions throughout the year.


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Enjoy cruising aboard our launches around beautiful Coniston Water. A personal commentary by our crew complements your experience of this wonderful area.


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Float back to Victorian times as you indulge in a luxurious cruise on captivating Coniston water in this exquisite steam-powered craft.


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