Coniston to Tarn Hows via Monk Coniston

I usually drive to Tarn Hows and then walk around the lakes. Today, I walked there from Coniston.

Tarn Hows

It had stopped raining, but there was a lot of flooding, but this is an idea walk as much of it is through woodland. It’s a circular walk and it’s uphill all the way there, but downhill all the way back.

Old Man

The week has been leading up to this – the accent of the Coniston Old Man – the highest point in the Furness Fells at 803 metres.

Coniston Old Man

I set out a 08:00 and it’s only 3 miles to the summit, but it took me 4 hours to get there. The route starts off easily enough but soon the path become pretty treacherous, climbing steeply and formed of very loose slate.

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For the third day in a row – I’ve left the car at the cottage and set out on foot. This time to the neighbouring village of Torver.

Coniston Water

From the Village, the route first passes along the western bank of the lake until after a few miles the path turns inland through woods toward Torver

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Grizedale Forest and Brantwood

Another walk from Coniston – this time east to Grizedale Forest.


As forecast, it was raining heavily all day – Most of the paths were under water so I got to find out just how waterproof my GoreTex Shoes were. At the end of the day my feet were bone dry.

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Church Beck to Levers Water

First proper walk of the holiday – from the centre of Coniston up to Levers Water


The trails start in the village centre to the east of Church Beck and and there is a fairly good track all the way up to the reservoir. Steep but not too challenging.

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Coniston Panorama

This is the view from the cottage I am staying in at Coniston


The cottage is situated part way up the Old Man of Coniston and has fantastic views over Coniston Water.