A Dog Friendly Visit to Coniston Water

Date of Visit: 12.09.2022

Visiting Coniston Water

Coniston Water is about five miles long and half a mile wide. From its western shore, the mountain of the Old Man of Coniston towers above the lake and the village of Coniston itself. The lake is situated about half a mile down from the village. In the village, you will find shops, pubs and places to eat - some of which are dog friendly.

Dog Friendly

Take your dog for a walk along the Coniston Water shoreline. You can walk along from the cafe and main parking area. You can then walk up the western side of the lake and onto the well layed footpath running alongside the B5285 to reach the northern shore of the lake, at Monk Coniston car park.

A Brief Bit of History

Coniston Water is the fifth largest of the lakes. It provided an important fish source for the monks of Furness Abbey who owned the lake and much of the surrounding land in the 13th and 14th centuries. More recently, Coniston Water was used to transport slate and ore from the many mines worked in the Coppermines Valley above Conistone village. The lake is famous for Donald Campbell's attempt to break the world water speed record in 1967. From then until early 2001, his body had never been found. Today, there is a memorial for him near the Information Centre in Ruskin Avenue, Coniston, whilst the story is told in the Ruskin Museum.

The Surrounding Area

Coniston Water is especially popular with walkers because of its position at the foot of one of Cumbria's most popular fells, the Old Man of Coniston. If you are in the area, in addition to the visiting the lake, the Coppermine Valley Walk is well worth a look with your dog. There is spectacular scenery of the Coppermines Valley and you can view the Coppermines Heritage Waterwheel and Copper Heart Stone.


Located on the shores of Coniston Water with sensational lake and fell views, The Coniston Inn is a great option when staying in Coniston. The Coniston Inn is dog-friendly, with dog-friendly rooms available to stay in. In addition, you can bring your dog with you into the restaurant for either breakfast or dinner. There is also an outdoor seating area which, weather permitting, you can enjoy a meal or a drink, whilst admiring the view.

You can access the shore of the lake from within the hotel grounds, or take a walk out from the grounds to access the main shore area. Coniston village itself is a short, 10-minute walk from the hotel - along a safe and clear path for both you and your dog to enjoy.

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