Where is this walk?

Coniston to Ambleside via Tarn Hows

October 17, 2018

The one way 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 at the start of the day.

The Walk

This one way walk from Coniston to Ambleside takes you through the heart of the Lake District. The route starts by following a section of the Cumbria Way, one of the best sections as well. There is so much to see and places to visit.

Starting off from the village the first main site is Tarn Hows. Tarn Hows is in fact an artificial lake, often busy, but still a place of tranquil beauty. From the tarn the routes winds its way through woodland and along the river Brathay before arriving at Loughrigg Tarn. Loughrigg Tarn and the fell above are much quieter. In fact it is rare to see too many people at the tarn, a hidden gem in the heart of the Lakes. The final climb past Lily Tarn adds an extra dimension to the walk. It is a classic Lakeland scene of rocky knolls, bracken with wide ranging views down Windermere and back over the Coniston Fells. The small tarn of Lily is a peaceful spot before the crowds of Ambleside barely a mile away.

For those staying in Coniston the walk can be easily reversed. However do still take the bus at the start of the day.


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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