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Coniston Water & Coniston Cruises
There are numerous car parks along the side of the lake where you can stop and enjoy the views and take a stroll with various jetties to add interest. These include Lake Bank Jetty at the south end of the lake with Water Park Jetty and Brantwood Jetty on the East side of the lake and Sunny Bank Jetty and Torver Jetty on the west side of the lake.
Coniston Village and Torver are situated on the A593 that runs along the west side of the lake and other places of interest include Monk Coniston, Fir Island, Bailiff Wood, Piel Island (Wild Cat Island), Brown How, Park Coppice, Coniston Hll and not forgetting the famous Coniston Old Man.
Cruise on a 1920's launch, which is solar-electric powered so an unusual method of travelling across the lake and enjoy this beautiful area. The launches call at 7 jetties on their tour including Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin.
Open mid-March to November daily 10.30-4.30.
Brantwood is the former home of John Ruskin from 1872 unti 1900 who was a famous poet, artist and social reformer.
The Brantwood estate overlooks the lake and is made up of 250 acres of gardens, pastures, high moors and ancient woods. The eight gardens have been restored with many flowering plants and shrubs
Brantwood is open to the public to visit the house, gardens, book shop, craft gallery, exhibiton centre and the Jumping Jenny Coffee House.
Situated on Yewdale Road in Coniston Village the Ruskin Museum has on display a wealth of information about the area including Coniston Old Man, The Brantwood Trust, Coniston Water and details of Campbell's speed record.