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The local area guide to living in Coniston

Set in the southern end of the picturesque Lake District, close to the glass-like shores of Coniston Water, the third longest lake in the Lake District, is Coniston. With the peak of the Old Man of Coniston towering over it, the village and civil parish of Coniston is a vision of beauty.

A sanctuary for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, Coniston is the ideal base to explore this idyllic region in more depth. Exceptional walks, sailing, mountaineering, kayaking and rock climbing can be had. The climb to the top of the Old Man of Coniston is particularly rewarding, for those up to the challenge, of course.

If you are pursuing a quieter lifestyle, one that is often hard to come by in the bigger more bustling cities, then Coniston is your best bet! Many also purchase holiday homes in Coniston to take advantage of the village’s timeless beauty and facilities – and with a setting so intimate and raw, it’s easy to see why it’s such a hit with tourists and locals alike.

Information about the local residents

Coniston is a part of the county of Cumbria, the South Lakeland government district and the Coniston and Crake Valley electoral ward. Due to its picturesque location, the village’s population tends to swell during peak seasons. Back in 2011, the Census records noted that 1,575 individuals live in Coniston permanently.

There are 717 households in this serene village. A selection of these are owned by people who previously visited Coniston and decided to stay indefinitely, or from time to time. Families are one demographic seduced to the area, in fact, 68% of households are comprised of families. This is due to the educational facilities as well as the neighbourliness found in Coniston. Over half of the permanent population are also in employment, working primarily in the education, tourist and retail trade sector.

Nearby schools

While you aren't overloaded with choice, the few schools present are more than satisfactory. At the primary level, you have two options: Coniston CofE Primary School and Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School, located a matter of moments away. Coniston CofE and Hawkshead both received ‘Good’ ratings from Ofsted during their latest inspection (2013 and 2014, respectively) and illustrate excellent pupil attainments, particularly, Hawkshead.

At the secondary level, pupils attend John Ruskin School, which caters for students aged 11 to 16 years. This institute was also rated Good by Ofsted in 2015. The education authority praised the school’s improvement following their previous inspection and the progress pupils make during their term at the school.

Getting around

Coniston is situated in the Lake District National Park. As a park that attracts a horde of eager visitors as well as motorists wishing to get an eyeful of flawless scenery each year, the transport connections are great.

A variety of buses service the park and connect the various towns and villages. The 505 is one such service. It runs on an hourly basis and links residents and visitors with Windermere train station and pretty villages along the way. Winderemere is also where the nearest train station can be found. Here you can catch connections to areas in Cumbria such as Kendal.

However, a majority of residents own a car and use this as their main source of transportation. Especially since it affords the user to drive to remote, rural areas within the national park. The routes around the park are particularly scenic and offer exceptional views of the lakes, moody forests and old-fashioned villages. The M6 motorway is also situated nearby presenting connections to elsewhere in the UK.

Local shops

Discover wonderful, premium produce in Coniston. Coniston fudge, real ale (produced at the local brewery) and delicious homemade preserves, can all be bought at one of the village’s independent stores. Wonderful Lakeland gifts can also be purchased.

As the village is set in a national park, outdoor clothing stores are abundant. Coniston Outdoors and Summitreks are two such stores selling the material you need to tackle the outdoors. A farm shop and Co-op supermarket also exist, as do a number of excellent pubs and restaurants.

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