Where is this walk?

Coniston to Ambleside via Tarn Hows

October 17, 2018

The walk from Coniston to Ambleside passes through some lovely Lakeland countryside. In particular Tarn Howes and Loughrigg Tarn are beautiful and relaxing places. Take the bus first to make it one way.

The Walk

This walk can be just as conveniently done either way depending if you are staying in Coniston or Ambleside. I find this section of the Cumbria Way a real pleasure, there is so much to see and both Tarn Hows and Loughrigg Tarn can be wonderfully peaceful and often extremely colourful.The final climb past Lily Tarn adds an extra dimension to the walk, a classic Lakeland scene of rocky knolls, bracken and wide ranging views down Windermere and back over the Coniston Fells.


This excellent section of the Cumbria Way may tempt you to attempt the full route.


The 505 bus runs hourly between Ambleside and Coniston (Daily) and visa versa taking 40 minutes.

Navigation Tips from Coniston to Ambleside

A suggestion. On arriving at Skelwith Bridge take the footpath from the back of the pub and head due north through the Caravan club park to Loughrigg Tarn. From here it is easy to circle the full tarn and return to its southern end and the main track heading to Ambleside.

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