A Lake District family holiday…… in Coniston

coniston lake district cottages

With the school summer holidays in full swing, it seems quite fitting and appropriate to talk about family friendly destinations. A lot of parents will agree, despite not wanting to stay in a specific children’s resort, a family friendly destination is more than a good decision and adds to the enjoyment of the holiday for children and adults alike.

One such extremely family friendly destination is Coniston in the true heart of the English Lake District. This village and surrounding area has everything required for a family holiday from accommodation to food outlets to shops and activities……lots and lots of activities.

The standard of places to eat in drink in Coniston is, as the rest of the Lake District, very high. Anyone that has been to any of the other nearby locations such as Ambleside or Grasmere will know it is very hard to have a bad meal. Pubs are always popular in the Lake District with a great choice of food, often locally sourced, a great range of children’s meals and of course, for parents excellent liquid refreshment in the form of local real ales.

The real draw to Coniston is its location surrounded by some of the best scenery in the Lake District and the lake which is just a stone’s throw from the village. The lake has activities galore around it and on it including the steam yacht gondola where a different view of the lake and the fells such as the Coniston Old Man can be viewed. This is well worth a trip on and is a great activity whatever the weather. And there are many other activities on Coniston Water also endless paths for walking and other outdoor pursuits as well as the Ruskin Museum and Brantwood, the once home of John Ruskin so even some educational time can be included!

Where to stay? The area has a fantastic choice of self catering cottages and properties as well as camping and caravanning sites. Each of these types of accommodation, as any parent will know, is the easiest and most practical when holidaying with children and also allows the family pet to go along too. Whether camping or staying in a cottage, there is typically outside space so even if the kids haven’t been tried out completely throughout the day, there’s a space for them to on site. Click for self catering cottages in Coniston from The Lakeland Cottage Company.

To some up Coniston, it really does have all the ingredients for a family holiday and most importantly, a family holiday that both the kids and parents will enjoy (and any 4 legged members of the family too!). Being smaller than Ambleside, Windermere and Keswick makes it very relaxing offering peace and tranquillity without being off the beaten track and with the endless activities.

Destination Ambleside


ambleside lake district

Ambleside is a very popular and picturesque town situated at the heart of the Lake District National Park, close to the shores of Lake Windermere, which is England’s largest lake.
The town itself has become a major tourist resort and one of the most popular bases for exploring the Lake District with an array of excellent shops, restaurants, plus a great choice of places to stay.

Ambleside is mostly a Victorian town, although there has been a settlement there since pre-Roman times. Galava, a fort located beside Borrans Park was built by the Romans and was used to house around 500 soldiers. The fort was built to defend the lower fells of South Lakeland from invasion by the Picts and Scots, and also to guard the road to the Roman Port at Ravenglass which is accessible from Hard Knott Pass just a few miles away from AMbleside.

Many well known characters have been connected with this region including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. The Armitt Museum provides more information about each of these famous characters and just 4 miles away visitors will be able to experience the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness. There’s also Rydal Mount in Rydal which was the home of the Wordsworth family from 1813 and Dove Cottage in Grasmere, which is where William Wordsworth wrote most of his greatest poetry.

Waterhead pier is only a mile south of Ambleside town centre and this ferry terminal allows visitors to experience scenic ferry trips on Lake Windermere. The ferries run regularly throughout the day between Waterhead, Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside at Newby Bridge.

A car isn’t always required and a great walk is up to Stock Ghyll Force, a highly picturesque waterfall, which can be reached through Stock Ghyll Woods. This spectacular seventy foot drop to a bowl shaped pool can be viewed safely from a hand railed vantage point. The ghyll once powered twelve watermills and the scenery around Stock Ghyll is truly magnificent.

For B&B accommodation with private off road car parking and a warm and friendly welcome Rothay Garth on Rothay Road is a good choice. Family and dog friendly rooms and delicious breakfasts. Visit http://www.rothay-garth.co.uk for more details.