Coniston to Ambleside via Tarn Hows

  • Bus from Ambleside to Coniston
  • Easy walk with plenty to see
  • Highlights inc Tarn Hows and Loughrigg

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.

Recommend: This excellent section of the Cumbria Way may tempt you to attempt the full route. Full details click  here

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

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: SD 303978. The bus drops you off at the Crown Inn, central Coniston. Cross the Yewdale Beck at Shepherds Bridge on the minor road leading down to the lake.
Height to Climb: 388 ms (1273 feet)
Terrain: Good paths and well sign posted along the Cumbria way to Skelwith Bridge and then a path winds its way over the higher ground before Ambleside
Eating & Drinking: Between the copious suppliers of food and drink in Coniston & Ambleside there is a pub at Skelwith Bridge (sbout 2/3s distance....dangerous!) and sometimes the tea shop is open at Tran Hows
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