Can anyone recommend a Lake District village similar in size and amenities to coniston?
Just looking for a change due to crazy price hikes in our holiday rentals. Would love a property with enclosed garden fir dogs.
Hawkshead- Smaller but has nice choice of pubs/restaurants , historic and central. Good choice of walks but no lake actually adjacent to village (Esthwaite water about a mile away).
All above should meet your needs accommodation wise.
Grasmere and Hawkshead are good calls. I’d add Boot to that list as a wild card too -there’s plenty of pubs in Eskdale, you just have to walk a bit to get to some of them. Fisherground Farmhouse is where we stay, it might be a bit big fot you !
I think Keswick is too big to reasonably compare to Coniston. If that’s in though, include Cockermouth. It’s just outside the National Park but is a bit cheaper as a result and has rather better pubs than Keswick.
Nice wildcard, argyle_mikey, I'd agree that Boot is a superb place to stay. But it's not for everyone. It's kind of in the middle of nowhere. If you want peace, tranquility, great scenery, and a nice pub, then it's great. If you want somewhere that's easy to get to with a massive choice of shops and restaurants, not so much.
I'd also agree that Grasmere is well worth looking at. A great base for walking, though it can be unpleasantly touristy in high season.
Alternatively, how about Glenridding or Chapel Stile? Chapel Stile doesn't have a lake, but it's a nice enough little village with a great choice of walks you can do without needing a car. Glenridding has not only great walking but also a very scenic lakeside location.
NautiusMaximus & argyle_mikey how about Broughton in Furness? I know there's a VERY nice bakery! In all honesty, it's not somewhere that I've never stayed, we've driven through, stopped and thought about it, but that's as far as we've got... the blacksmiths arms further up the valley serves very good beer and is supposedly top notch for food.... I do have a mate (yes, 1!!) that prefers to stay here than any other 'ldnp metropolis', as he calls it. ATM we have the oldies in tow, and at this time of the year, stay in keswick in a holiday cottage (as I'm sat typing this). However we prefer to camp as a family, but it's a wee bit chilli at this time of the year, and anything outside of the main touristy areas or the ldnp tend to be on the cheaper side. Please let me know where you end up (i have pooch as well).
Try elterwater at the head of the langdale valley. Great pubs close buy, plus the langdale hotel wich you can use the spa facilities on bad weather days.Also great low level ambles or harder hills such as crinkle craggs, bow fell and the langdale pikes .enjoy
Windermere (not Bowness as it is sometimes confused with) is a slightly more busy and classier version of a Coniston with lots of choice of pubs and restaurants, without the commercialism levels of Ambleside or the quietness of Grasemere. Not particularly original but a great base.
Troutbeck is a lovely village just up the Kirkstone pass, 5 mins from Windermere.