Walking in and around Coniston

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to nearby walking routes. There is a good choice of routes available from the door which range from a lovely lakeside path that runs alongside Coniston Water, to nearby have Tarn Hows which is a lovely trail that is also suitable for buggies and wheelchairs and then, of course, you have a choice challenging Wainwright fells including Coniston Old Man which shadows the village of Coniston.

Below you will find some of our favourite walks.


Starting off above the village of Coniston with views out to Coniston Water and beyond, it climbs through old quarry workings.

Tarn Hows

With a manageable length of less than two miles this is a great trail for all the family to enjoy on foot. The track is suitable for baby buggies and wheelchairs, although there are a few short hilly sections.

Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way - This walk is 112km long and the entire route is way marked. It is broken down into five sections which are 17-25 km long. It starts in Ulverston, South Cumbria and heads north through the Lake District National Park, finishing in Carlisle.

Blea Tarn

This walk offers a great opportunity for all to get out into the fells safely, while enjoying brilliant views of Lingmoor and Pike of Blisco and other surrounding Langdale fells.

Coniston Shore

The route is for all. A walk along the shoreline of Coniston Water, with the option of returning on the Coniston Launches from Torver jetty. It is 4.3 miles or 2.2 miles if you catch the boat.

Black Fell & Holme Fell

Black Fell and Holme Fell are afforded chapters in Wainwrights famous Guide to the Lakeland Fells. Ambitiously named Black Crag on the OS maps, the summit of Black Fell is owned by the National Trust and, despite its small stature, has tremendous views. Holme Fell feels more mountainous and has a steeper, rockier profile. Its isolated location offers fine views in all directions including the near entirety of Coniston Water

Dow Crag

Dow Crag is very dramatic with its near-vertical eastern face, huge crags plunging hundreds of feet from the summit to the deep tarn of Goat’s Water. Dow Crag summit is on top of a small steep rocky tower and a bit of scrambling is required to actually stand on it. It is not really serious rock climbing but does require using hands to get up it.


Wetherlam stands apart from the main north-south spine of the Coniston Fells, the connection being via the long east ridge of Swirl How. Midway along this ridge is Black Sails, an intermediate top usually considered to be part of Wetherlam,

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