Electric scooter on Coniston shoreline

Miles Without Stiles 16: Monk Coniston

Miles Without Stiles

This short route takes you from Coniston village to the lakeshore at Monk Coniston OS Explorer Map OL7

Route for some. 3.5km distance.


Coniston is packed full of history, both in industry, culture and not forgetting speed! We picked this route as it gives you stunning lake views looking down Coniston Water, and it also allows you to soak up some true Lakeland hospitality in the village itself. Located at the northern shore of Coniston Water, the route takes you along the lake and in to the beautiful village of Coniston. A farming village made famous by the likes of John Ruskin and Donald Campbell, there is plenty to see and do around the small village. On your way back you can choose to pass Coniston Boating Centre, on the shore of Coniston Water, with stunning views it is well worth taking a moment looking down the lake.

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 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gondola (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.


Start point:

Monk Coniston Car Park

Postcode: LA21 8AH
Grid reference: SD 316978
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Turning point:

Grid reference: SD 303976
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Toilets at Monk Coniston car park (closed in winter), Coniston and Coniston Boating Centre. Cafés and pubs in Coniston and cafe at Coniston Boating Centre.

Getting there:

Bus: Coniston Rambler 505 from Ambleside to Coniston, or X12 from Ulverston. 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.