If you are experiencing the sweet scent of nostalgia and the little flash backs of childhood memories of adventure and novels read by lamp-light. Pay a wistful visit to Arthur Ransome’s exhibition at the Ruskin Museum and relive it all over again. Indulge in a bucket full of sentiment and read snippets from his famous children’s novel, ‘Swallows and Amazons’ set quite beautifully in Coniston itself. After the welcomed trip down memory lane, hop skip and jump to explore one of the first social revolutionaries of Victorian Britain, John Ruskin. This is where you will hear all about his loathing of capitalism, as well as his art and the thoughts and feelings that inspired The National Trust itself. Then why not finish your cultured trip with a stop at Donald Campbell’s and his celebrated Bluebird exhibition. A speeding ace from a racing dynasty that shone light in the grey aftermath of war and made them golden years. Although eventually a tragic story tale, his reluctant dare devil demeanour still lives on today within the depths of Coniston Lake. Then once the fluffy cakes and well-earned pots of tea have been happily consumed take a stroll and pay homage to both Campbell’s and Ruskin’s grave set against the lush green of the lakes.
A trip to Coniston would not be the same without a calling at Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin himself. Capture the untouched natural beauty of the estate gardens and brush your fingers through the hedgerows and flower heads. A place to take in the last few years of Ruskin’s life by the Lake and grab an insight of how this man lived out his days. The home is packed with intriguing pieces of fine art, stunning furniture and personal trinkets and treasures. Then you might be tempted to indulge in yet another coffee stop at the tearooms, just because you can.
The spirit of Victorian Britain is maintained within the grounds of the Coniston Coppermines, which still holds onto its traditions of this bygone time. An impressive place to stop and hear all about the day-to-day shenanigans of the ‘Old Men’ here at the mine and the secrets of the mountain. Then you can have a gander at the vehicles and tools of this historical era and identify how it really felt to be a part of this Lakeland village life.
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