Walking in the Area


A small selection of local walks

Gummers Howe (5 minute drive & approx 1 hour walk with stunning views)

 A great first family walk, a worthy summit and has little scrambles ideal for younger children with magnificent views looking down Windermere Lake toward the Langdale Pikes, and beyond Newby Bridge to the sea.


Coniston Old Man

A short, but interesting linear walk with lots of industrial archaeology. Starting off above the village of Coniston with views out to Coniston Water and beyond, it climbs through old quarry workings, perhaps a stop at Low Water for a breather before the last section to the summit. You could carry on and do a longer circuit by dropping down to the Walna Scar road via Goats Water, but there's a danger you'll hurry and not explore.

Distance: 6.0km

Average Time Taken: 2hrs, 15min

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Tarn Hows

This walk starts in the lovely village of Coniston by the lake of the same name, and is particularly suited to anyone staying there. Tarn Hows is a very well-known Lake District visitor attraction.

Distance: 10.0km

Average Time 2hrs, 30mins

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Tarn Hows, Black Fell, Holme Fell

This is a wonderful walk of fells, tarns, waterfalls and even an old quarry now used as a climbing venue. Starting at the convenient parking place and picturesque Tarn Hows it follows the banks of the tarn for a while before branching off to Black Fell where there are splendid views to all points of the compass. Following bridleways and footpaths, it crosses the Ambleside to Coniston road to head past the quarry at Hodge Close before climbing Holme Fell. From there you pass the delightful Yew Tree Tarn to cross the Coniston road once more. Climbing up beside Tom Gill through woodland you come across a 30 foot tall waterfall. This is the outfall of Tarn Hows which you return to just a little further on.

Distance: 13.1km

Average Time: 3hrs, 30min

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Carron Crag

This walk takes you to the highest point in the Grizedale Forest and starts at the Grizedale Visitor Centre. It follows the Forestry Commission's marker posts making navigation straightforward.

Distance: 6.5km

Average Time: 2hrs

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Dow Crag and Goats Water

An easy circular walk taking in the Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag ridge from the car park at the end of the Walna Scar road. Although overlooked by the taller "Old Man" the ridge gives fantastic views down into The Cove, Goats Water, and north to the unmistakable profile of the Scafells round to Bowfell and the Crinkles. On a clear day Morecambe Bay can be seen over the southern tip of Coniston Water.

Distance: 10.5km

Average Time: 3 hrs

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