0.00km – Start on the bridge in the village center of Coniston facing St. Andrew’s Church. Walk STRAIGHT ON towards the church and The Crown following the road as it bends to the right. Pass the Tourist Information Centre on your right and continue to follow the road ahead.
0.40km – TURN LEFT just before the bridge following the sign to Coniston Sports and Social Centre on Shepherd’s Bridge Lane. Continue STRAIGHT ON until reaching Coniston Primary School. TURN RIGHT over a stone bridge, following signs for CW. Immediately after crossing the bridge TURN LEFT through a kissing gate. Follow the path as it climbs in direction of a gate. Avoid the gate and continue along the fence towards a kissing gate next to a small castle.
1.00km – Walk STRAIGHT ON following the path uphill towards a wooden gate. Continue to climb the grassy slope, keeping the stone wall to your right. Follow the path downhill towards another gate passing a few old oak trees to your left.
1.50km – Leave the track after roughly 500 meters where you will find a CW marker next to a large oak tree. BEAR LEFT and follow the track aiming for a gate beyond the oak tree.
2.00km – Continue STRAIGHT ON and follow the path that curves to the left, keeping a small beck to your left. After roughly 200 meters continue STRAIGHT ON at the stone-arched bridge through a kissing gate in direction of another kissing gate. Continue along the path going uphill in direction of the woods. The path climbs through the wood, crossing a small footbridge.
3.00km – Further uphill, exit the wood through a gate and walk up the access road of a white cottage (Tarn Hows Cottage). Walk STRAIGHT ON reaching another gate and a tarmac road. BEAR LEFT following the path uphill for 600 meters. Cross a cattle grid and follow the path passing a car park with toilets.
4.00km – TURN LEFT at the National Trust notice for Tarn Hows. Walk STRAIGHT ON towards the waterfront taking the first path that bends to the left and go through a gate.
4.50km – Follow the undulating path hugging the shore, later veering away from it.
5.50km – TURN LEFT at the signpost Skelwith Bridge and Langdales as the rugged path leads out of the woods to a kissing gate. BEAR LEFT on the broad track following the sign to Oxenfell and Langdales.
6.00km – Ignore the kissing gate to your right and continue to follow the path uphill. The path is rugged and undulating for another 500 meters until you reach the main road.
6.50km – TURN LEFT at the tarmac road and after roughly 200 meters TURN RIGHT onto a busier road. Please take care as you walk along this road for approximately 400 meters facing traffic.
7.20km – Cross the road at the sign for Skelwith and TURN LEFT to get back to the track. After roughly 20 meters TURN RIGHT at the National Trust to notice for High Park and Hallgarth. Continue to follow this path for another 900 meters until you reach a cattle grid and gate.
8.20km – As you arrive at a junction, continue STRAIGHT ON crossing another cattle grid towards a white house (High Park Farm). TURN RIGHT before reaching the farm crossing a gate. Continue STRAIGHT ON along a stone wall, crossing a few gates as you follow the path ahead.
9.00km – TURN RIGHT after the gate onto a tarmac road and after 100 meters TURN LEFT following signs for Skewith Bridge. The path stretches straight ahead towards a forest and eventually a step-stile. Climb the wooden steps up a steep, wooded slope and cross another step-stile into a field. Continue STRAIGHT ON towards buildings.
9.50km – Walk STRAIGHT AHEAD between two farm buildings at Elterwater Park. Continue through a gate along a walled path. BEAR RIGHT passing a marker for Skelwith Bridge. After roughly 300 meters go through a gate down a track, crossing another gate and keeping right of the stone house. BEAR LEFT as the path gradually ascends.
10.20km – BEAR LEFT as you pass a large oak tree and after 200 meters cross a kissing gate that leads to a downhill path. TURN LEFT at the junction and follow the sign to Skelwith (avoiding A593).
10.70km – Reaching Skelwith Force on your right, BEAR LEFT to continue along an uphill track. After 100 meters cross a bridge and immediately TURN LEFT towards a kissing gate. Continue to follow the clear sandy path along the River Brathay, later reaching Elterwater.
11.70km – Cross the gate and continue to follow the clear path STRAIGHT ON through the woods. After 200 meters cross a wooden bridge and continue to follow the path ahead.
13.00km – Cross the gate and walk STRAIGHT ON towards a bridge over Great Langdale Beck. Cross the stone bridge and TURN RIGHT onto an uphill tarmac road. Continue to follow this road for 300 meters and TURN RIGHT following a stone engraved with ‘footpath’ leading to Chapel Stile and Great Langdale. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD along the downhill path.
13.50km – BEAR LEFT as you follow the path towards a footbridge and go through a gate to reach a road. TURN LEFT and pass Wrainwright’s Inn on your left. Shortly follow the road as it curves to the right and TURN LEFT up a stony track signed ‘Baysbrown Campsite avoiding road’.
14.00km – Having reached a primary school at a T-junction TURN LEFT and immediately afterward BEAR RIGHT towards Thrang Farm (signed as ‘Footpath’). Follow the walled footpath towards a small gate and TURN LEFT along the track.
14.50km – Cross the bridge and cattle grid following a path to reach Baysbrown Campsite. Continue along a clear track for roughly 1km, keeping the river to your left and drifting away from the river towards the end.
15.50km– At the stone buildings continue STRAIGHT ON until you reach a junction. BEAR RIGHT following signposts for New Dungeon Ghyll. Continue to follow the rugged track along the stone walls as it curves to the left. Continue STRAIGHT ON following the steep downhill path towards stone walls. Continue to follow the path for another kilometre. Cross the small stream using a huge stone footbridge and continue ahead towards a gate. Continue to follow the rugged downhill track until you reach a farm and another small footbridge.
17.30km – Continue STRAIGHT ON crossing a few gates towards a stone footbridge. Continue onwards in direction of a main road. After 300 meters TURN LEFT onto a tarmac road and immediately TURN RIGHT again walking between stone walls into Stickle Ghyll Car Park.
17.70km – Your route ends here, and you have arrived in the heart of the Lake District. There are two options depending on your overnight stay; turn left through the fields to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, following the signposts for roughly 800 meters. Or turn right crossing the car park towards the top. You will find Sticklebarn Tavern and the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel beyond.