Are you a regular visitor to the Lake District? Maybe returning to a boutique cottage in Windermere, your preferred holiday destination. It could be that you’ve already covered all of Windermere on foot, but what about walking routes in Coniston?
Getting to Coniston from Windermere
There are of course acres of ground in the Lake District, but getting to Coniston from Windermere is easy enough. In fact, aside from Windermere, Coniston is probably one of the most visited areas of the Lake District.
If you’re driving to your spa hotel or boutique cottage, then save some petrol for the next leg of your journey. The scenic drive will take approximately half an hour, unless you decide to stop off in nearby Ambleside!
When it comes to walking routes in Coniston, getting there on foot from Windermere could be a mission. You’d be looking at a good 3.5 to 4 hours, but you could always jump on a ferry at Bowness-on-Windermere.
Walking Routes in Coniston
Coniston itself is in the South of the Lakes, between the Old Man of Coniston and Coniston Water. Needless to say, this in itself makes for a good walk, but there are plenty more available. All of which are aimed at different levels of skill.Even if you’re not a big walker, preferring to be pampered back at your spa hotel in Windermere, you can still enjoy the fresh air. Take a brief and gentle stroll around Tarn Hows or into Grizedale Forest if you’re after something a little longer.
A slightly more challenging walk would be along Coppermines Valley, where you can delve into Coniston’s past. If however you really do want to earn that glass of champagne in your Windermere hot tub, some walking routes in Coniston are even harder.
For the ultimate challenge how about a 16.5 mile walk from Ulverston to Coniston? Known as the “Cumbria Way” this will take you through rough terrain, requiring basic map reading skills. To put it into context, that drive from Windermere to Coniston is around a mere 12 miles.
Interesting Facts about Coniston
The beautiful Lake District countryside brings with it a breeding ground for animals. Coniston is no different, from wild birds to commercial farmland. In medieval times however, it wasn’t traditional farmers that made the most of the vast landscape. In fact Monk Coniston belonged to Furness Abbey. Much like today sheep would roam the fields, their fleeces being used to provide warm clothes during the winter.
We’ve already mentioned the Coppermines Valley, but where does the name come from? Well, back in the 16th century Coniston was known for being rich with copper. Soon enough, by the mid-19th century the local mines were by far the most productive in Europe.
Again, while we talk about Tarn Hows providing a scenic walk, there are other reasons for its popularity. In the 1930’s the land was owned by famous author Beatrix Potter, who drew inspiration from Lake Windermere and beyond.
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