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Coniston Water is linked to both John Ruskin (the Victorian writer, artist, art critic, poet, philosopher) who lived at Brantwood on the east shore for 28 years until his death in 1900 and more recently to Donald Campbell who died on Coniston Water on 4th January 1967 whilst attemting to increase his own water speed record in his boat 'Bluebird' - please see separate tips about Ruskin and Campbell.
Coniston Water, at 5 miles long and 1/2 mile wide is the 3rd largest lake in the Lake District -- the village of Coniston is on the west bank, backed by the peak 'The Old Man of Coniston'. The village is quite a busy place with boat trips leaving from the jetty and walkers using the village as a base to explore the surrounding fells -- and of course there's the interest of Ruskin and Campbell for visitors.
For some nice views of the lake, from Coniston village take the B5285 signposted Hawkshead and then shortly take the right turn towards Brantwood (Ruskin's House) - this will take you along the east shore with fine views across the lake to Coniston and the Old Man of Coniston.
Directions: To get to Coniston village take the A5084 from the south or the A593 from the north