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Coniston to Great Langdale

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  • Stony, rugged tracks as you approach Great Langdale
    Stony, rugged tracks as you approach Great Langdale
    Photo: Heleen Bosch, Macs Adventure
m 250 200 150 100 50 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km The Yewdale Pub, Coniston Wainwright's Inn Cafe High Park Farm Sticklebarn The Britannia Inn Great Langdale Elterwater Park
Enjoy the iconic scenery and fine fell views as you head towards the heart of the Lake District with plenty of opportunities to break at traditional tea gardens and pubs.
Distance 17.7 km
5:30 h
299 m
261 m
223 m
52 m
An absolutely delightful day of Lakeland walking delivers views that will take your breath away. Elterwater and Chapel Stile both make excellent lunch stops. Dungeon Ghyll is just one of a few hamlets and lodgings which have been welcoming Lakeland travellers for centuries.

Author’s recommendation

A cup of tea and a fresh scone with jam and cream can only get better with the rugged Lingmoor Fell rising beyond in the background, the farm at High Park is a must-visit!
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Heleen Bosch
Update: September 07, 2020
Highest point
223 m
Lowest point
52 m

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Rest stops

High Park Farm
Elterwater Park
The Britannia Inn
Wainwright's Inn Cafe
Great Langdale
The Yewdale Pub, Coniston

Safety information

This route involves crossing stone walls and fences by means of step-stiles, ladder-stiles as well as passing through kissing gates and crossing footbridges. Please take extra care, especially when squeezing through small gaps as it can be slippery in wet weather and it might be easy to lose your balance.

Some terrain can be boggy, especially in wet conditions (during or after rainfall). Some parts may become muddy and slippery and it is important to make sure you take your time while crossing these areas.

This section involves some road walking along quiet country roads as well as very short stretches along main roads. Always be mindful of other road users and pay attention when crossing roads.


If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Cumbria Way map published by Harvey Maps. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.


If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Rucksack Reader's Cumbria Way guidebook by Paddy Dillon.  

Tips and hints

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest.  Click the icons on the map for more information.

Food & Drink:

Walking from Coniston to Great Langdale you will pass various cafes, pubs, and restaurants where you can stop for a lunch break or refreshing drink or caffeine boost. Alternatively, you can ask your overnight accommodation in Coniston to prepare a picnic lunch for you (supplement payable and to be requested in advance). Please have a look at the refreshment stops below along with where you can find them (at what distance) in your turn-by-turn directions. 






Coniston (60 m)
OS Grid
SD 30204 97585
54.368983, -3.075793
54°22'08.3"N 3°04'32.9"W
30U 495075 6024578
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Great Langdale

Turn-by-turn directions

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.


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OS Grid
SD 30204 97585
54.368983, -3.075793
54°22'08.3"N 3°04'32.9"W
30U 495075 6024578
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Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, and a waterproof/wind-break layer are a must! The weather can change quickly, and it is therefore important to be prepared and carry any extra equipment or clothing even if the weather looks okay. If you are used to walking with walking poles, it could be great to bring them too.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

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17.7 km
5:30 h
299 m
261 m
Highest point
223 m
Lowest point
52 m


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