12 photographs that capture the true beauty of Coniston

Coniston Reflections by David Blenkharn

Coniston Reflections by David Blenkharn - Credit: Archant

The lake, the Old Man, the views.... there are so many reasons to visit Coniston as our selection of reader photos show.

Coniston is a popular destination for walkers and climbers, and it goes without saying that it’s just as attractive to the landscape photographer looking to capture one of the most iconic parts of the Lake District.

The first port of calll is usually Coniston Water which is about five miles long and half a mile wide. Above its western shore, the mountain of the Old Man of Coniston towers above the lake and the village. The lake is about half a mile down from the village, where you can hire boats and bikes from Coniston Boating Centre. There are shops, pubs and places to eat in the village.

The Old Man of Coniston is a short, but interesting linear walk with lots of industrial archaeology. Starting off above the village of Coniston with views out to Coniston Water and beyond, it climbs through old quarry workings, perhaps a stop at Low Water for a breather before the last section to the summit.

Brantwood, overlooking the eastern shore, John Ruskin’s home, is open to visitors with its beautiful gardens and views. The Ruskin Museum in the village features an exhibition about Sir Donald Campbell, who was killed in 1967 making an attempt on the world speed record in his speedboat Bluebird.

Why don’t you upload your photos of Coniston to the reader photo gallery?

All images uploaded to the website will be entered into the 2016 Lancashire Life reader photo competition and we pick the best ones to go into the magazine each month.