The charming village with an alpine feel two hours from Greater Manchester
18.03.2023 - 11:47
It’s easy to see why the Lake District is one of the most popular places to visit in the UK. First of all, it’s brimming with natural beauty, with rugged mountains giving way to smooth expanses of tranquil water.
But it’s also a place full of romance which has inspired writers and artists for centuries. Tucked among the fells are villages where the pace of life is slower and pretty cottages sit harmoniously in the landscape.
Located in the heart of the national park, the village of Coniston offers just this. It’s overlooked by the imposing Old Man of Coniston, a fell which stands at over 2,600ft high and provides a stunning backdrop to the village’s picture-perfect buildings.
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The village is a charming spot with an alpine feel to it. At just over two hour’s drive from Manchester, Coniston is a great place to visit for a weekend away or to stop by if you’re passing through the Lake District.
Historically a farming village, Coniston became known for its copper and slate mines which date back to Elizabethan times. Tourism blossomed in the Victorian era, thanks to the construction of a branch of the Furness Railway which opened to passengers in 1859.
Although copper mining ceased in Coniston in the 1950s, slate is still quarried in the area using traditional methods. In recent years a restoration project, with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), has helped to conserve the area’s mining heritage. Today you can follow various walking trails which take you through the fells, past waterfalls and mining relics.
A stone’s throw away from the village is Coniston Water, the third-largest lake in the Lake District by