Coniston and Hawkshead on Foot

Season:Any
Duration:Half Day
Activity:Walking

A compact range of low fells and woodland separates the villages of Coniston and Hawkshead. They are of modest height but being open on all sides, the views from the network of paths and lanes that criss-cross them is at one moment intimate and the next far reaching. To the west and north rise the lofty summits of the southern and central fells, whilst to the east and south lay Lake Windermere and the coastal strip of the Furness Fells.

A walk across these low fells either starting from Coniston or Hawkshead delivers a new view at every turn. Once in Hawkshead there is lots to explore including the Beatrix Potter Gallery, not to mention plenty of places for a cup of tea...or a spot of local Ale.

Walk Coniston to Hawkshead (Give the car a Breather)

Start/Finish: Coniston GR SD303975, Hawkshead GR SD352982

Distance: 8.2km/5 miles

Time: 3.5 hours (one way)

Height Gain: 300 metres (from Coniston), 265 metres (from Hawkshaed)

Strenuousness: 1/5

Navigation: 1/5

Technicality: 1/5

Terrain: Lanes, woodland paths, fell paths and pastures.

Maps: OS Landranger 90 & 98 (1:50 000), OS Explorer OL6 & OL7 (1:25 000), Harveys’ Superwalker (1:25 000Southern Lakeland, British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40 000)

Coniston to Hawkshead

  1. Turn R out of the car park and then L along Shepherds Bridge Lane. Opposite the school turn R and follow the Cumbria Way past Low Yewdale and then up Tarn Hows.

  2. Head anti-clockwise around the Tarn Hows path until the path on the R for Rose Castle. Follow the path up past Rose Castle (cottage) and then SE to the road near Yewfield. Turn R on the road and then L at the triangle. Pass Hawkshead Hill and turn R off the road to join the paths. Take the L of the two paths and follow it over fields to join a rough lane. Follow the lane SE then the way-marked path to join a lane near Walker Ground. Follow the lane E down into Hawkshead.

Hawkshead to Coniston

  1. Take the lane under the arch beside the Kings Arms Hotel and follow it up hill for 350m to a path on the R. Follow the path along the drive then beside field edges (way-marking) to join a rough lane. Follow the lane NW and then follow the path across fields to join the B5285. Turn L and then fi rst R in Hawkshead Hill and follow the lane to a triangle. Turn R and then after 250m turn L and follow the lane to the houses at Yewfield and then the path NW, and then N to Rose Castle (cottage). Follow the path around the cottage and then down a hairpin to Tarn Hows. Head SW around the tarn to the National Trust Car Park

  2. From the car park follow the one-way road W for 600m to a path (drive) on the R for Tarn Hows Cottage. This is the Cumbria Way (way-marked), which is followed down the drive and past the cottage into woodland. The Cumbria Way heads down to Low Yewdale and then climbs over High Guards, follow it all the way to Coniston.

Further Information

If you want to walk one-way, bus routes 505 and 525 (seasonal) will take you between Coniston and Hawkshead, check the timetable before you leave. Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.

Coniston is a fantastic place to start you exploration of the lakes, we have something for everyone. With walking and cycle routes suited to all abilities you can indulge in your passion whether it be history, nature or simply the tranquillity of the outdoors. Come and see for yourself!

By National Trust

How to get here

Coniston Village car park

Ruskin Avenue
Coniston LA21 8

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

SD 302 975

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