Coniston Walk

Low Yewdale and Boon Crag Mountain Bike Ride

Coniston has an extensive network of old bridleways and newly created cycle paths. Originally the bridleways connected farms and outlying hamlets, and also provided routes for packhorses conveying goods. They extend along the valley floor into the woods of Yewdale, and also through the low fells to the slate quarries in Tilberthwaite. These routes are ideal for exploration on mountain bikes, and make good first outings for beginners as they are mostly on easy angled gravel tracks. By using the cycle track through Yewdale and then the old bridleway past Boon Crag Farm its possible to ride a short loop that takes in a delightful mixture of fell and lakeside scenery. The loop has a couple of road crossing and short sections of village lanes, but other than these it is mostly off road and suitable for families.

Yewdale big

Grade

Strenuousness 1

Navigation 1

Technicality 1

Start/finish Coniston Car Park GR SD303975

Distance 5.3km (3.3 miles)

Time 1 hours

Height gain 100m

Terrain Valley roads, cycle tracks, lakeside tracks and farm access tracks.

Maps

OS Landranger 90 (1:50 000).

OS Explorer OL7 (1:25 000)

Harveys' Superwalker Lakeland Central (1:25 000)

British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40 000)

  1. SD303975 Turn left out of the car park and head to the junction opposite the Black Bull. Crossover and turn left by the pub. Follow the lane to the end of the tarmac and turn rightto join the cycle-path, which is followedthrough woodland for 1.2km to an access point by the A593.
  2. SD310991 Cross the A593 to join the bridleway to Low Yewdale. The bridleway is followed past the farm and over Yewdale Beck. It climbs slightly then descends to pass Boon Crag Farm and joins the B5285.
  3. SD316982 Turn right on to the B5285 then join the cycle-path on its W side. Join it and follow it back to Coniston.