After our brief stop at Niberthwaite we drove along the east side of Coniston Water and parked up at our B and B, which was opposite the Waterhead Hotel at the north end of the lake. It was a grey day, with cloud obscuring the summit of the Old Man


but wasn’t raining so we went for a walk over to the lake


stopping for a brew and a bite to eat at the Bluebird Café by the main jetty.


After dinner (mid day meal where I come from!) we made our way to the centre of the village


to visit the Ruskin Museum, which describes itself as

an award-winning Cabinet of Curiosities which tells the Story of Coniston.

where we saw the Amazon


and the remains of another famous boat – Donald Campbell’s Bluebird, which had been recovered from the depths of Coniston Water in 2001.



Afterwards a quick drink in the Black Bull


followed by a short walk


before checking into our B and B, the Bluebird Lodge, a short walk from the village

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We’d actually booked into a self catering flat on the first floor for a couple of nights. There was a cracking view over the fields of the Coniston Fells from the lounge and bedroom windows


During the evening we’d booked a meal at Steam, a very nice little restaurant in the village

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before returning to the b and B, relaxing for a couple of hours before retiring for the night and keeping our fingers crossed for decent weather the next day.


10 thoughts on “Coniston

  1. One of the many things I enjoy about your posts are the place names on your hikes. I’m guessing many of them go back to Anglo-Saxon times and maybe even have a soupcon of Roman, too.

    • Hi Susanne
      It’s true that the place names in the north of England are often of Anglo Saxon derivation. But sometimes they are Norse (i.e. Viking) or even a mix of the two. That’s the case in the Lake District where there were a lot of Viking settlements. Coniston , for example, used to be called “Coningeston” in the 12th century, a name derived from konungr, the Old Norse for king, and tūn the Old English for farmstead or village. And any place with the suffix “thwaite” or “by” is Norse.
      (I’m a mine of useless information!!)

  2. You have taken me back quite a few years, to the last time we visited Coniston and went up the old man. I, at time thought I was doing quite well going up, until the fell runners ran pass me with not a puff between them 🙂 Now after seeing your lovely photos, I fell the need to have a return visit 🙂

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