Focus on Coniston


Coniston village and Coniston Water lie at the heart of the very best low-level walking in the Lake District. The Cumbria Way, The Tarn Hows Trail and the ancient Walna Scar road make the best of this, providing relatively easy walking through scenery that is dramatic and awe-inspiring. (See Coniston Classic Walks).

Gaze up at the Old Man of Coniston, the iconic mountain that stands over the village like a guardian, or sit with and ice cream and soak up the beauty of the lake where Donald Campbell met his end trying to break the water speed record in 1967.

Nowadays the serene waters are enjoyed by leisure craft and used by the famously elegant and beautifully restored steam gondola, a service that we use for linking up stretches of our low level walks.

Grizedale Forest provides a backdrop to the views across the lake, an extensive area of woodland with a famous collection of sculptures.

Above the village, and in the shadow of The Old Man, lies the famous Coppermines Valley, widely worked for its precious metal back in Victorian days and earlier, and now offering a fascinating landscape that is steeped in its historic past, with remains of the workings evident in many locations.

Our Coniston Classic Walks hiking holiday takes in these special places - all accessed without too much hard work but providing spectacular, memorable views. We hope you can join us!

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