At the northern end of the lake is the pretty village of Coniston which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District National Park.
Coniston village and the lake are synonymous with Donald Campbell who spent many months on various occasions breaking the World Water Speed record. Sadly, on 4 January 1967 Donald Campbell was killed as he tried to break his own World Water Speed record. He had just recorded a speed of 310 mph in his Bluebird K7 jet powered speedboat.
You’ll see fascinating photos of Bluebird and Donald Campbell in the pubs and shops in Coniston.
The Ruskin Museum is home to the ‘Bluebird Wing’, a gallery containing extensive displays of memorabilia about Donald Campbell and Bluebird and will soon house the iconic hydroplane Bluebird K7 once restoration work has been completed.
Coniston is also famous with Beatrix Potter who bought several farms, buildings and land around Coniston.
There are several Beatrix Potter’s museums and galleries nearby and Hill Top, Ms Potter’s former house, now owned by the National Trust, is just a 30 minute drive from Charcoal House.
Charcoal House and Sawmill Cottage are located in an excellent area for walking, cycling and mountain biking with Coniston Old Man, Tilberthwaite and Wetherlam all on the doorstep.
Tarn Hows is also just a 30 minute drive and is one of the most popular scenic spots in the country.
Closer to Charcoal House is Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, the famous 19th century art critic. This is just a short drive down the east side of the lake from Charcoal House.
This historic house and museum is a vibrant centre for the arts and has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family.
Read more info on Brantwood here
WALKERS AND HIKERS
The Coniston area is 1 of my favourite areas of the Lake District for walking.
The area still remains quieter than the rest of the Lake District even in high season, yet the scenery is just as stunning.
You’re spoilt for choice for walks in this area with lakes, tarns, rivers, waterfalls and of course open fells including the highest, most southerly mountain in England, ‘The Old Man of Coniston’ which stands magnificently looking down over Coniston Water. At a height of 2634 feet (803 meters), the views from here will take your breath away!
If you don’t feel up to hiking up the fells, there’s also more gentle walks along the shore of Coniston Water that stretches almost the entire length of the western shore, away from roads too!
Coniston village is sandwiched between the eastern crags of ‘The Old Man of Coniston’ and the shore of Coniston Water. Here you’ll find a good number of shops, pubs and places to eat.
On the shore of Coniston Water is the famous Bluebird café with indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy it’s unique and idyllic location and outstanding lake and fell views.
Grizedale Forest is less than 20 minutes’ drive from Nibthwaite and offers spectacular walking, cycling and art trails.
This huge diverse forest is run by the English forestry commission and is a destination location in its own right with people travelling from far and wide just to visit Grizedale.
Grizedale is also home to the fun filled ‘Go Ape’ with 3 tree top adventures and forest Segway’s.
You can get more info about Grizedale forest here
THE LAKE DISTRICT
There are lots of lovely secluded bays to enjoy nearby around Coniston Water and the western shores of Lake Windermere but 1 of the many beauties of the location of Charcoal House is the easy access to many often forgotten small tarns that are ideal to pack a picnic and take time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful Lake District.
This excellent holiday home is perfectly located for people seeking total relaxation in this lovely part of the Lake District and is surrounded by hundreds of walks of all types.
See and read more about the Lake District here