CONISTON - A lovely Lakeland village nestling in the fells below The Old Man Of Coniston and on the shore of Coniston Water. As well as our Co-op there are various food shops, gift shops, cafes, etc, 5 pubs, an Information Centre and our very own Ruskin Museum quoted as "The most thought-provoking in the Lakes". There are also camp sites and a Caravan Club Site close by and masses of walks in the surrounding woodlands and on the fells. So grab your packed lunch from The Co-op and enjoy yourselves.
THE OLD MAN OF CONISTON. A Fell of 2,634 ft which has a working green slate quarry. For 500 years, the Old Mans' been the Lakeland centre for copper and iron ore mines. Remains of mines and spoil heaps are a feature of the mountain. You'll also find Herdwick Sheep grazing on the mountain. A hardy breed of sheep only found on Lakeland fells and farms. Take wind and waterproof clothing and strong boots oh! and don't forget your packed lunch from the Co-op and some bottled water is a good idea.
CONISTON WATER, 5 miles long and made famous by Donald Campbell in his boat Bluebird. He sadly died while attempting the water speed record of over 300mph on 4th January 1967. There are boats to be hired, cruises to be had, views to enjoy and wildlife to be spied, both on and around the lake. Many folk have picnics on the shores of the lake so make sure you pick yours up from the Co-op and enjoy.
TARN HOWS, 2 man made tarns (mountain lakes or pools) on the edge of Coniston with wonderful vistas of the surrounding fell tops. Walk up through the woods and around the Tarns or drive the attractive but narrow road to the car park there. The National Trust looks after the Tarns as they do the many surrounding woodlands, farms and miles of footpaths especially for us, the public, to use. So go ahead, take full advantage, get your snacks and drinks from the Co-op and gently meander the paths through lovely woodlands, open fields and lowland paths.
CALL AT THE CO-OP