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Discover Hawkshead & Coniston

Hawkshead has flourished from its beginnings as a Medieval market town. With its cobbled streets, squares and courtyards surrounded by beautiful whitewashed cottages, topped with local Lakeland slate, there is a timeless feel the village.

Explore the warren of narrow passageways with interesting names such as Leather, Rag and Putty Street (now Wordsworth Street) and at every turn you can take in interesting architectural features – jettied frontages, external stairways, truncated corners and an old spinning gallery or two. Add a few ancient coaching inns and cosy tea rooms and Hawkshead has everything for an unhurried afternoon sojourn.

The scenery surrounding Hawkshead is some of the finest in the Lake District with the tranquil lake of Esthwaite Water, fringed by lush meadows and the wooded slopes of Grizedale Forest to the south, Lake Windermere to the east and Lake Coniston to the west, as well as the fine moorland encircling much of the area around Hawkshead.

Coniston is a blue and green slate traditional Lakeland working village on the edge of the lake and framed by The Old Man of Coniston, rising dramatically behind the houses when seen from the village centre.

Coniston water is most famously known for its association with Donald Campbell’s water speed record attempts.

What’s On in 2018

Places to Eat

Kings Arms 

Join us for a relaxing stay amidst the green hills and dales of Lakeland and we will be delighted to offer you good food, homely comfort and warm hospitality in historic surroundings.

Ship Inn, Coniston

It is only a short distance from the famous lake where Donald Campbell attempted to break the water speed record with his jet boat Bluebird. Tarn Hows, one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District is only a few miles away. Coniston is the ideal base for exploring the tremendous landscape of streams, pathways and mountains, including Coniston Old Man.

Sun Inn

Sun Inn is proud to announce that we have been awarded with an AA Rosette award. Our excellent team is working hard to bring the best of the best service to all of our customers.

We have a dining experience to suit all tastes and occasions. The exceptional menus designed by our head chef change seasonally. With the emphasis on using the very best, fresh local produce in imaginative and innovative ways, we aim to make all of our dishes outstanding in every way.

Steam Bistro

A little bistro restaurant in Coniston, Cumbria, at the heart of the English lake district. their philosophy is simple; relaxed dining with great ambience, ingredients sourced from a wealth of local farmers & producers on their doorstep & a friendly, knowledgeable team.

They are proud to recently have won the readers' choice restaurant of 2017 at the Cumbria life magazine food & drink awards.

Top 5 Walks in and around Hawshead & Coniston

Hodge Close
This manageable, low-level walk provides great views of the Langdale Pikes and surrounding fells, along with an insight into the historical industrial past of the area.

Monk Coniston to Tarn Hows
Walk from the head of Coniston Water to Tarn Hows via this picturesque route created by 19th-century industrialist J G Marshall to wow guests at his country estate.

Old Man of Coniston

Tackle the iconic fells of the Old Man via The Cove and Goat's Water route to explore it’s dramatic corries and crags.

Tom Gill to Tarn Hows

Take the steep path past waterfalls, woodlands and wonderful views on this walk up to Tarn Hows.  The return route offers spectacular views of the high fells of Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man.

Yewdale Valley
A medium length walk starting from Coniston village that takes in the charming Yewdale valley.

Things to Do

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