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Cycle Routes in Coniston

Yewdale and Tilberthwaite, ConistonTilberthwaite Gill

The little side valley of Tilberthwaite was once a thriving centre for slate quarrying. Numerous clean-cut walls and deep-water filled hollows bear testament to this. They have been idle for many decades and nature has pretty much reclaimed them blanketing them in wonderful deciduous woodland and softening them with undergrowth. They are mostly of interest to rock climbers and divers. One of their legacies is a network of tracks and bridleway that interlink them and connect with the main valleys of Yewdale and little Langdale

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Tilberthwaite and Tarn Hows, ConistonTarn Hows

Tucked away amongst the low fells around Tilberthwaite and Tarn Hows are two trails that break this convention. The first one is an old bridleway that crosses the fells just north of Tarn Hows connecting the upper end of Yewdale with Knipe Fold. The second is a newly opened permissive route that drops down from Tarn Hows to Monk Coniston. Both routes offer outstanding descents particularly for those riders seeking to up their experience level.

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Coniston WaterConiston Water

The sections of cycle path are a little disjointed but nevertheless can be utilized to make a pleasant mountain bike ride which explores the low fells and woodland on the western side of Coniston Water. All the cycling is very easy and this route is perfectly suited to beginners and those looking for a gentle ride.

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Cycle Routes around Newby Bridge

Cartmel loop at Fell Foot ParkFell Foot Park

Cycle route around the Cartmel Peninsula starting and finishing at Fell Foot park.



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Newby Bridge and Grange over sandsGrange over sands bikes

A lovely ride to the elegant Edwardian resort of Grange over Sands with its curving Promenade and spectacular views over Morecambe Bay. The route returns through the pretty Winster Valley with a grand finale of one of the best views in South Lakeland from the top of Gummers Howe. A more leisurely alternative is via Bowness to catch a lake steamer back to Lakeside and enjoy the view from the water.

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Newby Bridge and Caramel Loop

Grange over sands The fortunes of High Newton have changed dramatically since the opening of the bypass: now the village is no longer divided by a very busy road and there are many attractive stone houses, a good pub and a fine café at the architectural salvage centre at Yew Tree Barn.

Duration: 2-4hrs

Miles: 13

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Cycle Routes around Hawkshead

Hawkshead to BrathayBrathay

This route explores the area north of Hawkshead, using quiet lanes and a cycle path beside the Hawkshead to Ambleside road.

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Hawshead to Claife HeightsClaife Heights

Ride on a traffic free route by Windermere lake shore. Climb through the trees to emerge on Claife Heights, with grand views of the Coniston fells and pass the delightfully-named.


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Hawkshead to CunseyNibthwaite Statue

Explore some of the quiet valleys of the South Lakeland, ride alongside Esthwaite Water and climb out of the valley for grand views of the high fells. Descend to Dale Park past wild flower meadows and into the quiet Rusland valley.

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Cycle Routes around Ambleside

Tour of Loughrigg FellLoughrigg

The fells just west of Ambleside are gentler than the higher fells and offer a good introduction to those new to the Lake District. This circular mountain bike tour takes in the pretty mix of lakes, woodland fells and lanes that surround the base of Loughrigg Fell.

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Tour of Coniston and HawksheadConiston to Hawkshead

The triangle of fells between Ambleside, Coniston and Hawkshead is the perfect venue for this sort of cycle tour. Each of the villages are packed with cafes, pubs and restaurants to enjoy, and in between the woods , dales lakes and rivers provide a delightful and ever changing landscape to explore. This ride has some off road riding and a few climbs.


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Hawkshead and Grizedale Forest ParkGrizedale Bikes

Grizedale Forest Park is a popular destination for mountain bikers with miles of off road routes, the area is criss-crossed by lots of quite lanes perfect for hybrid and road bikes. This ride reaches Grizedale by making a loop around the low fells that surround Knipe Fold and Outgate, then onwards to Hawkshead. From Hawkshead it does a complete loop of the eastern portion of Grizedale Forest before returning via Wray Castle on the shore of Lake.

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Walks in Coniston

Please note these walks are provided by WalkLakes and for a copy of the walk they ask for a £1 donation (less than a pint of local ale).

Coniston Old ManTop of Coniston Old Man

A short, but interesting linear walk with lots of industrial archaeology. Starting off above the village of Coniston with views out to Coniston Water and beyond, it climbs through old quarry workings, perhaps a stop at Low Water for a breather before the last section to the summit. You could carry on and do a longer circuit by dropping down to the Walna Scar road via Goats Water, but there's a danger you'll hurry and not explore.

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Tarn HowsTarn Hows

This walk starts in the lovely village of Coniston by the lake of the same name, and is particularly suited to anyone staying there. Tarn Hows is a very well-known Lake District visitor attraction.

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Tarn Hows, Black Fell, Holme FellBlack Crag

This is a wonderful walk of fells, tarns, waterfalls and even an old quarry now used as a climbing venue. Starting at the convenient parking place and picturesque Tarn Hows it follows the banks of the tarn for a while before branching off to Black Fell where there are splendid views to all points of the compass. Following bridleways and footpaths, it crosses the Ambleside to Coniston road to head past the quarry at Hodge Close before climbing Holme Fell. From there you pass the delightful Yew Tree Tarn to cross the Coniston road once more. Climbing up beside Tom Gill through woodland you come across a 30 foot tall waterfall. This is the outfall of Tarn Hows which you return to just a little further on.

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Carron CragCarron Crag

This walk takes you to the highest point in the Grizedale Forest and starts at the Grizedale Visitor Centre. It follows the Forestry Commission's marker posts making navigation straight forward.

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Dow Crag and Goats WaterGoats Water

An easy circular walk taking in the Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag ridge from THE car park at the end of the Walna Scar road. Although overlooked by the taller 'Old Man' the ridge gives fantastic views down into The Cove, Goats Water, and north to the unmistakable profile of the Scafells round to Bowfell and the Crinkles. On a clear day Morecambe Bay can be seen over the southern tip Coniston Water. 

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Cumbria Way- Coniston to Dungeon GhyllLangdale Pikes

This is usually the second section of the Cumbria Way. A pleasant variety of fields, woods, lakes, waterfalls, and the anticipation of seeing the dramatic Langdale Pikes gives it a typical Lake District feel.

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Walks in Ambleside and Langdale

Please note these walks are provided by WalkLakes and for a copy of the walk they ask for a £1 donation (less than a pint of local ale).


A gentle circula walk along the banks of the Great Langdale Beck to Oak Howe and back along the track below the crags and quarries on the flank of Lingmore Fell.

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Blea Tarn, Langdale

Blea TarnBlea Tarn lies high above Great Langdale on the pass to Wryness. Only Blea Tarn House a few hundred metres away is near enough to keep it company. On the cold and wet winter's day it feels more remote than it really is.

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Great Carrs and Grey Frair

Great CarrsThe summit of Great Carrs sits perched on the precipitous edge of the ridge sweeping around the head of the Greenburn valley above Langdale Tarn. The highest point of the ridge is Swirl How, with Westerlam further round.

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X12 Bus Walks

Bus StopThe country between Coniston and Ulverston - the Crake Valley, Torver and Lowick Commons, the Blawith Fells, and the edge of Bethecar Moor and Grizedale Forest- provide some fine varied walks. If you’re near the X12 bus route between Coniston and Ulverston, you can free yourself from the tyranny of the circular walk, provide much needed support for a local service and enjoy the sociability of the bus!

These walks are ideal if you want a not-too-challenging walk of 5 or 6 km (3 or 4 miles) outside the high hills.

General Information on the X12 timetable:

Contact Details:

The X12 is run by the Blueworks bus company which they can be contacted on 015395 31995

You can also find our more information at Coniston Tourist Information Centre, Ruskin Avenue, LA21 8EH - 015394 41533

Here are some walks that may interest you from around the Coniston and Torver Area using the X12 bus.

Walk 1: Torver – Lakeshore - Coniston

This peaceful walk does have some rough sections but most healthy, non-athletic adults can complete it in under 2 hours. It is an easy route to follow, heading northwards close to the lake. It is 6km (4 miles) long with 80m of ascent. Walking boots are recommended.

Walk 2: Torver – Tranearth – Coniston

This 5km (3 miles) walk which takes about 2 hours involved a climb of some 150 metres mainly on a good track. From Banishead quarry it crosses open, common land, where there are numerous tracks. The walk can be combined with a return to Torver along the lakeshore to make a circuit or can become part of a longer walk from Water Yeat to Coniston, Walking Boots are recommended.

Walk 3: Torver – Lake and Line – Coniston

This 2 hour, 7km (4.5mile) walk takes you through a variety of habitats – woodland, lakeshore and old railway track – with great views of Coniston Fells and Coniston Water. The sections across fields are sometimes muddy so walking boots are recommended.

Walk 4: Water Yeat – Beacon Tarn – Torver

This 2 hours walk (approx. 45 miles or 7 kms.) includes some uphill walking on lanes and tracks. Some sections are likely to be wet underfoot so boots are recommended.

Walk 5: Water Yeat – Low Parkamoor – Brantwood

At 11km (7 miles) this is longer than the other walks and takes about 3 and a half hours. Alternatively you could take an early bus to Water Yeat, stop for a picnic mid-walk and spend time visiting John Ruskin’s wonderful house and gardens at Brantwood before catching the launch or Gondola to Coniston. The walk involved about 250 metres of ascent and some sections up to Parkamoor are steep. Boots are recommended.

More details on the walks can be found at Coniston Tourist Information Centre.  

By Bus

Mountain Goat

Moutain GoatMountain Goat operates “The Cross Lakes Experience” daily throughout the summer from Bowness-on-Windermere. A connecting ferry service allows visitors to cross to the western shore of Windermere to join the mini coach service and travel onward to visit Hill Top (the house of Beatrix Potter in the hamlet of Near Sawrey), the beautiful village of Hawkshead with its delightful church, Wordsworth’s Grammar School and the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

For more details on Mountain Goat visit www.mountain-goat.co.uk


BusBus Service in Cumbria

Using a bus when you visit the Lake District gives you the opportunity to see so much more.  Take the top deck of an open top bus or brave one of our passes on a small rambler service. Our interactive map plots the bus routes in the county showing their service number, the route they will take and what you can see along the way, so why not give it a go.

Timetables for Bus routes around Cumbria


Bluebird Tours

Bluebird tours

Based in Coniston, we provide an informative, personal tour service for visitors to Coniston and the surrounding area. Leave your car behind and enjoy being taken around our beautiful Lake District, using a form of transport that is environmentally friendly.

*Bluebird can also provide a shuttle bus service from the Coppermines Mountain Cottages for weddings.

W: www.bluebird-tours.co.uk

T: 07814 728 390

E: info@bluebird-tours.co.uk

By Boat

Coniston LaunchConiston Launch

Coniston Launch provides a ferry service to 7 jetties, including Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin; discounted house entry tickets are available on board.

For details and prices visit www.conistonlaunch.co.uk


Windermere FerryBowness Ferry

Carrying passengers and vehicles, can carry up to 18 vehicles between Ferry Nab, Bowness and Ferry House, Far Sawrey (Daily)

Ferry details and pricing



Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere CruisesExplore the beauty of England's largest lake in the heart of the Lake District. Join us on the water for the most scenic views of the Lakeland fells. 

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Ullswater SteamersUllswater Steamers

Ullswater 'Steamers' is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England's most beautiful lake. We operate one of the largest heritage passenger fleets in the world offering visitors an experience they will never forget.

For more information visit www.ullswatersteamers.co.uk


By Train

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite RailwayLakeside and Haverthwaite

Since 1869 this unique train/boat connection has provided the most spectacular of gateways to the Lake District. At Haverthwaite they have a well-stocked engine shed, where there own engineers work tirelessly and proudly alongside a team of dedicated volunteers to restore and maintain our rolling stock, tours can be arranged with prior notice.

For more information visit www.lakesiderailway.co.uk



Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale.Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, across the estuary, through the hills, past seven request stops with a 1:40 gradient at times, en route to our final destination some seven miles up the line to Dalegarth for Boot Station. The journey itself was one of Wainwright’s favourites, crossing seven miles of spectacular scenery to the foot of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell Range (3,209ft) at their peak.

For more information visit www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk