Fairly hidden Lake District village with stunning views worth the trip for pizza alone
The hustle and bustle of London can get overwhelming, which is why many of us are looking for a weekend getaway for some much needed rest and relaxation.
The Lake District is a popular place to do just that, with the village of Coniston offering stunning views and, more importantly, pizza.
And literature lovers can add more to this list. Arthur Ransome based his children’s book Swallows and Amazons on locations around Coniston Water, while the Beatrix Potter Gallery and William Wordsworth’s Old School are in the nearby traditional village of Hawkshead, which tops the must-see lists. many visitors to the Lake District.
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Monk Coniston’s estate was actually owned by Beatrix Potter and donated to the National Trust at his death. It stretches from Coniston to Skelwith Bridge and includes the famous Tarn Hows beauty spot.
Perhaps these literary heroes chose Coniston because the village and its surrounding landscapes are so beautiful – places you can explore by walking and climbing, which are popular activities in the area.
Another feature that draws a crowd is Lakes Hot Spot, which offers some of the best thin stone-baked pizzas, crispy sausage rolls, and fresh coffee, among other tasty treats.
The village itself has developed around Coniston Hall, a 16th century farmhouse with an exhibit of mighty chimneys, and the most notable aspect of the small town is The Old Man of Coniston, rising dramatically behind the houses seen from the village center.
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It is also a good center for those wishing to investigate the Tilberthwaite slate quarries, as well as to host two public launch services on Coniston Water.
A five to six hour drive from London you will arrive at this little oasis for the perfect weekend getaway away from the busy city.
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