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Miles Without Stiles 16: Monk Coniston


Route type: For all / for some. This short route takes you from Coniston village to the lakeshore at Monk Coniston OS Explorer Map OL7

Distance: 3.5 km or 2.3 miles for all, 1.5 km or 0.9 miles for some

Start point: Monk Coniston car park - grid ref. SD 316978

Turning point: Coniston village - grid ref. SD 303976

Facilities: Toilets at Monk Coniston car park and cafés and pubs in Coniston

Getting there: Bus: Coniston Rambler 505 from Ambleside to Coniston, or the Cross Lakes Experience from Bowness. Car: A593 from Ambleside to Coniston. Turn left before the village on B5285 and after 1 km take the minor road signposted Coniston East Shore Road


This walk offers good views down the length of Coniston Water and the chance to visit Coniston Boating Centre, on the west shore. You can picnic and enjoy a beautiful outlook of the lake and high fells of Coniston Old Man. Catch the Gondola from either Coniston Boating Centre (opens in new window) or Monk Coniston car park to make this into a circular route. Details on (opens in new window).

The road from Monk Coniston can be busy, but there is a pathway set back from the road, offering a safe route. Where the compacted stone surface ends, follow tarmac pavements into Coniston village. Wheelchair users will have to return the same way to Monk Coniston.

For people with pushchairs and other walkers, it is possible to reach Coniston Boating Centre by crossing the Hawkshead road, just beyond Waterhead Hotel, and following a permitted path and footbridge across Yewdale Beck. This gives access to the lakeshore and a short walk leads to the boating centre and Bluebird Café. Walk up Lake Road to the centre of Coniston at a gradient of 1:8, near the top of the road.


Map - Monk Coniston