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The eminent Victorian John Ruskin lived at his house Brantwood on the east shore of Coniston Water from 1872 until his death in 1900. The house commands fine views across the lake to Coniston village and the peak the Old Man of Coniston -- in 1878 Ruskin wrote "I raise my eyes to these Coniston Fells (hills), and see them, at this moment imaged in their lake, in quietly reversed and perfect similitude, the sky cloudless above them, cloudless beneath, and two level lines of blue vapour drawn across their sunlighted and russet moorlands, like an azure fesse."
I was fortunate to have such blue skies to take a photograph of this view (see 'more photos') and to see the image of the Old Man of Coniston reflected in Coniston Water.
Brantwood is filled with Ruskin's drawings and paintings and the visitor can walk around the extensive gardens with fine floral displays.
Ruskin is buried in Coniston village at St. Andrew's Church (see 'more photos'), his family refusing the offer of a grave at Westminster Abbey.
Brantwood opening times :-
mid-March to mid-November -- 11-00 to 17-30 every day
mid November to mid-March -- 11-00 to 16-30 Wednesday to Sunday
Closed 25th and 26th December
Directions: From Coniston village take the B5285 signposted Hawkshead and shortly take the right turn signposted Brantwood -- or you could take the boat 'Gondola' from the jetty at Coniston across to Brantwood.