The Ramblers - Britain's walking charity
The Ramblers website is a mine of useful information, from how to get started if you're new to walking, to information on maps and how to navigate.
The Lake District Walker
The Lake District Walker offers a range of guided walks and tailor made days out on the Lakeland Fells to suit all abilities, with their qualified mountain guides. They run a varied programme of of popular fell walking routes including Wordsworth's Grasmere, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Haystacks, a favourite of Wainwright.
W: www.thelakedistrictwalker.co.uk T: 0844 693 3389
Walk the fells
Walk the fells is aimed to off been to build up a comprehensive and practical resource dedicated to walking in the English Lake District. David Hall is passionate about the Lake District and as a regular walker and this website has grown around his personal online walking log.
Walk Lakes is to help you make the most of walking in the Lake District. We do that by searching out the best walks we can find from gentle to challenging and also by putting you in touch with other people who have walked in the Lake District via our forum.
W: www.walklakes.co.uk/ T: 01768 800201
Walking in Cumbria
Walking in Cumbria is the website for all the information you need to get walking in beautiful Cumbria.
Mountain Weather Information Service
Forecasts are produced manually using information from a range of forecast models and forecasters knowledge of mountain weather. New forecasts, for the next three days are produced by 4:30pm daily, normally earlier in the winter, and amended as necessary.
Walks from the X12 Bus walks
The 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:
- For the X12 timetable you can visit cumbria.gov.uk and click on Bus Timetables, type X12 and click Go.
- The bus will stop anywhere provided it is safe to do so.
- Cumbrian weather is changeable, so make sure you have clothes for wet or cold weather.
- Maps: All walks are on the Ordnance Survey Landranger 96 (Barrow-in-Furness & South Lakeland) map at 1:50,000 scale. At 1:25,000 scale, you will need the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL6 (The English Lake South-eastern Area)- or sometimes both of them!
- None of the walks are suitable for pushchairs
- Leave gates as you find them, take your litter home and keep dogs under close control.
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.
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 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.
Average Time Taken: 2hrs, 15min
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.
Average Time 2hrs, 30mins
Tarn Hows, Black Fell, Holme Fell
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.
Average Time: 3hrs, 30min
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 straightforward.
Average Time: 2hrs
Dow Crag and Goats 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 of Coniston Water.
Average Time: 3 hrs