Coniston Water is not one of the most immediately imposing of the lakes, yet it has a quiet beauty that sets it apart from the more popular destinations. The nineteenth-century art critic and social reformer John Ruskin made the lake his home, and today his isolated house, Brantwood, on the northeastern shore, provides the most obvious target for a day-trip. Arthur Ransome was also a frequent visitor, his local memories and experiences providing much of the detail in his famous Swallows and Amazons children’s books.

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