A varied walk over open fells with splendid views, through mixed woodland and meadows, around scenic tarns and along quiet lanes.
Leaving Ambleside you ascend to Loughrigg Fell with splendid views of Windermere to the south, reaching the summit Trig Point at 335m, the highest point on the route. A steep descent affords equally good views of Grasmere, the route winding around Loughrigg Tarn to Skelwith Bridge. Here it joins with the Cumbria Way through woodland, meadows and around tarns before entering Coniston through farmland.
The highlight of the route are the panoramic views from the summit of Loughrigg Fell (weather permitting). Windermere can be seen stretching away to the south and Grasmere and the Langdale Pikes to the north west.
Care is needed on some of the steeper sections where the path is rocky. These could be slippery in wet conditions. Walking poles may be an advantage.
Just before 10km, you come out on to the 637 footpath/cycle way to Coniston. This is a busy road with fast moving traffic so please exercise caution.
Ambleside has a wide range of shops and supermarkets where you can stock up with supplies for the walk. Refreshments may be available at Skelwith Bridge where there is a cafe and a hotel but opening times vary.
Coniston has cafes offering food but they tend to close between 5&6pm. There are a number of local pubs and hotels serving evening meals. Groceries are also available at the garage supermarket and village store. There is also a free ATM machine, Post Office and Bank as well as a Tourist Information Centre in the village.
Public bus services on this section are quite good but terminate early. Numerous taxi services are also available.
Points of Interest.
Loughrigg Fell is a superb vantage point for the surrounding fells, marked with a prominent Trig Point standing at 335metres. Fine views of Windermere, Grasmere and the Langdale Pikes can be seen in good weather.
Tarn Hows is an area of Lakeland and forest with good paths and picnic spots,partly sold and partly bequeathed by Beatrix Potter to the National Trust. It is one of the Lake District's most popular tourist spots and is a site of special scientific importance.
Located in the village of Coniston this museum features exhibits on the life and works of social commentator and artist John Ruskin, the World Speed Record attempts by Donald Campbell in his Bluebirds and Arthur Ransome of Swallows & Amazons fame.
A good pair of comfortable boots are essential due to the rocky terrain in places. Loughrigg Fell is an exposed summit so an extra fleece may be required if windy. Waterproofs should also be carried as the weather can be changeable in the Lake District.