Local Attractions

Coniston Water

The 3rd largest lake in the Lake District. It’s 5.3 miles long and has 3 small islands owned by the national trust. The Coniston launch and Coniston Steam Gondola provide regular cruises throughout the year to the jetties around Coniston, including Lake Bank jetty located down a foot path in the far right hand corner of the field directly opposite the drive. Famous for being the setting for Arthur Ransome’s book – The Swallows and Amazons and also as the resting place of Donald Campbell who’s craft, Bluebird, took off and sank into the lake on 4th January 1967 while attempting to beat the world water speed record. Most of the Lake shore is accessible to visitors and offers great secluded locations to isolate yourself.

Things to do in Coniston

As well as the usual smattering of Lakeland pubs with roaring fires and craft / gift shops, some other great places to visit in Coniston are….

  • Bluebird Café –right on the edge of the lake serving hot and cold food and drinks all day with panoramic views of Coniston Water and the surrounding fells
  • Coniston Steam Gondola –Take a nostalgic cruise on Coniston Water in this restored steam gondola from 1859 to find out more click HERE
  • Coniston boating centre –Hire a variety of different types of boats and spend the day enjoying the lake. To book your boat online click HERE

Grizedale Forest Park LA22 0QJ

Grizedale forest is a 24.47 square kilometres of Woodland in the Lake District located to the east of Coniston Water and the south of Hawkshead. The postcode above is for the main visitors centre which offers ample parking. Visit website HERE

  • Go Ape Ropes Course
  • Segway Hire
  • Sculpture trail
  • Mountain bike hire and trails
  • Children’s playpark
  • Café and visitors centre

Further a field, some of the other great attractions

Connishead Buddhist Temple

Ulverston LA12 9QQ. Providing a place for quiet spiritual reflection and inspiration. The temple is used every day for meditation and prayers and offers in depth courses and retreats. Click HERE for more info.

Ravensglass and Eskdale Railway

Ravensglass CA18 1SW. This magnificent small gauge railway offers 7 miles of stunning scenery with several stops along the route you can hop on and off the train or simply enjoy the full route. For more info click HERE

Windermere Lake Cruises – Lakeside LA12 8AS

Rather than try to find somewhere to park in Windermere, why not sail into Bowness bay on one of the classic cruise boats? Plenty of cheap parking available at Lakeside and boats travelling all day to Bowness and Ambleside. Find out more by clicking HERE

The Box LA12

If you want to have a delicious Afternoon Cheese Board delivered directly to your lodge please place your order on this local business website www.boxla12.co.uk

Bakehouse Born and Bread

Greenodd’s best kept secret! With a friendly Café serving amazing pies and cakes as well as an evening take out service. For more info please click HERE

The Handmade Ice Cream Co. – Greenodd  

New to the area, offering a waffle house, ice cream sundaes and milkshakes as well as amazing handmade ice cream. For info please click HERE

Honesty Hut Wallenrigg

WhIle on your lakeside adventure you need to visit WALLENRIGG Honesty Hut. For all your treats, drinks, jams, marmalade and chutney. Located between Broughton Mills and Woodland Instagram #honestyhutwallenrigg

M and T Adventures

Looking for some outdoor adventure on your trip to Blenkett Wood, we can personally recommend M and T Adventures. They offer various outdoor activities including mountain biking, canoeing, ghyll scrambling, kayaking and paddle boarding to name a few as well as various kids activities days during the school holidays. All are lead by qualified, licenced guides and most water based activities start at Brown Howe Car Park.

Visit their website for more details mandtadventures.co.uk