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.
Tips and hints
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.
EquipmentA 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.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.