Coniston is one of the foremost centres in the Lake District for a wide range of outdoor activities, including:
WATER-SPORTS Coniston Water is a superb location for enjoying activity which is water based. As well as there being a number of launching sites for privately owned boats, the Coniston Boating Centre will hire out motorboats, rowing boats, canoes of different types and sailing dinghies (including some with disabled access). Coniston Sailing Club has its clubhouse and landing stage close to Coniston Old Hall. For those who prefer to let someone else take the tiller, Coniston Launches,and the NT steam yacht "Gondola" run scheduled cruises from landing stages near the Boating Centre.
WALKING The Information Centre has details of dozens (maybe hundreds!) of walks in the area, from low level to high ridges and peaks, including, of course, the famous Old Man of Coniston. Something suitable for all ages and conditions. There are also a large number of outdoor activity specialists in the area, who can help and advise, and if necessary lead, walks. Contact us for details. The National Park also runs a programme of guided walks...see the "What's On" section of this website. Guided Walking Holidays in Spain...
ROCK CLIMBING, SCRAMBLING, ABSEILING AND CANYONING Coniston has long had a reputation for being a centre for these mountain activities, not least the famous A. Harry Griffin, and the "Coniston Tigers" of the 1930s. From simple scrambling to tackling Dow Crag, like walking, there are a number of specialists who can provide help, advice, tuition and equipment, or organised courses. Again, contact us for details.
MOUNTAIN BIKING We stock details of a number of routes in the area which are off road or on quieter country lanes. Nearby Grizedale Forest Centre has maps of a large network of mountain bike trails in the forest at a wide range of levels. Bikes may be hired there, or from the Coniston Boating Centre.
CONISTON COPPER During 2017 and 2018, there will be opportunities for activities connected to the Heritage Lottery funded conservation work in and around the old mine workings in Coppermines Valley and the surrounding area. For details go to www.conistoncopper.co.uk
The Tourist Information Centre has a comprehensive coverage of the area in leaflets and maps of all sorts. Come in and browse!