View of Thirlmere from Armboth copyright Charlie Hedley

Miles Without Stiles 39: Armboth and Station Coppice

Miles Without Stiles

Two short routes with excellent views of Thirlmere Reservoir - OS Explorer Map OL5.

Route for all. 250m distance.


For Station Coppice, leave the lay-by on the north bound side of the A591, by a path at its northern end and pass through a gate. The route undulates along a well surfaced path, including a short, steep section with a 1:9 gradient and finishes with a good view out across the Thirlmere Reservoir. The wooded hills of High Seat and Bleaberry Fell can be seen across the water.

Thirlmere was created as a reservoir in the late Victorian era. Previously, two small tarns, Leathes Water and Wythburn Water, were connected by a stream and small causeway bridge. They all disappeared - along with a hamlet and pub - when the valley floor was flooded.

The route on the other side of the reservoir from Armboth car park is currently closed.


Start point:

Station Coppice, Swirls car park

Postcode: CA12 4TN
Grid reference: NY 315170
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Turning point:

Grid reference: NY 3146 1714
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Accessible toilets at Armboth car park and at United Utilities Swirls car park. Nearby refreshments only at an ice cream van at Swirls car park

Getting there:

Bus: Station Coppice, the 555 Kendal to Keswick service runs along the A591 all year round and stops at Swirls. Car: A591 from Keswick or Ambleside to Swirls car park for Station Coppice. For Armboth, the minor road left from Legburthwaite, just beyond the St John’s in the Vale junction.