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Local Walks

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So many walks can be done from the doorstep, it is impossible to list them all, but here are some of the favourites.

Coniston Old Man

This is an ever popular walk. The most direct and usual route is via the old miners tracks to Lows Water. A quieter route is via Walna Scar Road with magnificent views of Dow Crag, offering some of the finest rock climbing in the country. The views from the summit are breathtaking - apart from the magnificent mountain scenery, it is even possible to see the Isle of Man and Blackpool Tower on a clear day. From the top, its is possible to continue along the ridge to Swirl Howe and, if the legs are still willing, on to Wetherlam.

Tarn Hows

From the village, a gentle walk through fields and woodland leads to the beautiful setting of Tarn Hows. With an option to walk around the tarn, the descent follows a waterfall and ends at Yew Tree Farm (used as the setting for Hill Top Farm in the recent film Miss Potter). Here its possible to stop for a cup of tea before continuing back towards the village through a woodland path.


A walk down to the lake to catch the steamer to Brantwood, home of John Ruskin. After a look around the house and gardens (which are particularly splendid in May) there is the option to either walk back along the east side of the lake through Grizedale Forest, or to take the ferry directly across the lake and to walk back via Coniston Old Hall.

Boulders Valley

For a shorter walk, head up towards Coniston coppermines. From here various routes can be taken, either up to Levers Water or bear left and return via Walna Scar Road.