Really, the whole of the Lake District is family friendly but there are certain areas that are more so than others and Coniston is definitely one of those. It appeals to and engages children of all ages but at the same time adults too. It has the fells, the lake, the activities, the places to eat and drink and the places to stay for families to have a fun and relaxing holiday.
Activities are the key to a family holiday and whether yours like walking, cycling or taking to the water, all these activities are plentiful and safe. Coniston Boating Centre is a must visit location for any families. Run by the Lake District national park, the centre hires out motor and rowing boats, canoes, sailing boats and bikes, even electric bikes. Hire of any of the equipment can be done online and routes, maps and safety details are given comprehensively to participants.
But it is cycling that is so good in this region and for any ability. What better place to gain a young child’s confidence and enjoyment of cycling than one of the paths around the lake. For older children then take a mountain bike over Walna Scar. View Coniston Old man, Coniston water and head down into the Dudden Valley if you wish and catch a sight of Scafell Pike even.
Rachael Oakden of The Guardian has just written a piece on family cycling around Conistn and their route was Coniston to Torver and starting from the Coniston Boating Centre. A 6 mile route that families even with young children can do, mainly off road. Torver is a lovely village to the west of Coniston with Wilsons Arms for food and refreshments too.
Being so scenic, Coniston is also an ideal place for introducing children into the world of fell walking, such a worthwhile activity that i also highly educational. Learn the countryside code, about plants and wildlife as well as geography on a fell walk. There may be tears and tantrums on the way up but once they’ve reached the summit of whatever gradient, look across at the view, the youngsters always feel proud and elated at what they have achieved. The promise of an ice cream at the bottom is always a winner!
Back to accommodation and Coniston does have a choice but does happen to have some fabulous self catering properties. A location of specialism for The Lakeland Cottage Company is Coniston and they have some larger properties in the area that are perfect for a couple of families or extended family holidays. Some even have private jetties and mooring facilities, ideal for when hiring a boat from Coniston Boating Centre if should guest wish to bring their own.