While there have been many famous residents in the Lake District over the years, Windermere has had its fair share. However, elsewhere in the Lakes we explore the links between John Ruskin and Coniston Water.
Famous poet William Wordsworth, guidebook author Alfred Wainwright and writer Beatrix Potter have all lived in Windermere. Coniston Water, however, was once home to writer and art critic John Ruskin. In fact, many of Ruskin’s books albeit fictional, focus on Coniston Water and Windermere.
The Ruskin Museum
It is here you can find out everything you need to know about John Ruskin and Coniston Water. It traces Coniston back to the early days of those who would trek through the Lake District to many of the regions famous residents.
Bowness-on-Windermere may have had Beatrix Potter, but during the 1900’s, Coniston had Arthur Ransome. His most famous work being the Swallows and Amazons series. As well as releasing over 40 books, Ruskin would regularly write for the local newspaper.
It was also to be on Coniston Water that Donald Campbell would continuously break the world water speed record during the 1950’s. Campbell then went on to beat his own record again in Australia, during 1964. His legacy remaining untouched until 1967.
The Ruskin museum pays homage to Sir Donald Campbell. However, in an attempt to reclaim the water speed record, the great man died as his boat cartwheeled out of control.
Brantwood – John Ruskin’s Home
While John Ruskin lived in a grand old house, overlooking the beautiful Lake District, you will still be in awe of your Windermere spa facilities. There weren’t any hot tubs or cinema rooms in his day, that’s for sure!
Born in London in 1819, at the age of 80 he passed away in Coniston, where he lived for 28 years. It was to be in 1934 that the house would be open to the general public. John Ruskin’s home since becoming a popular tourist attraction in Coniston.
When you pay a visit to Brantwood, try and see as much as you can. Inside you will be greeted with a wide range of art collections and wonderful furniture. However much more than just a home, the grounds cover 250 acres of land, contributing to a wonderful piece of rural England.
Where to stay near Coniston Water
If you’re looking at somewhere to stay to help uncover the links between John Ruskin and Coniston Water, then how about a relaxing spa hotel? Book a spa suite at Aphrodite’s Lodge. Where you can relax in luxurious surroundings and take a dip in your own hot tub. Furthermore, you can travel in style too and board a river cruise at the nearby Windermere Lake.