The Cumbria Way - route details for the Coniston to Langdale section of the walk
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The Cumbria Way Day 2 : Coniston to Langdale

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Gothic Folly click to view photo
Shortly after leaving Coniston you pass a rather impressive building built in the late 19th century as a kennel for fox hounds for the local Marshall family ... read more

Tarn Howes click to view photo
Surrounded on three sides by thick woodland and with glorious views of the Langdale Pike, this must be one of the most visited and photographed places in the whole of the Lake District. This is, however, a man-made beauty spot, created by a local land owner when he dammed a stream and thus joined together 3 tarns into one ... read more

Skelwith Force click to view photo
Colwith Force click to view photo
Within a few minutes walk from each other and only a few yards detour from the route lie these 2 scenic waterfall both of which are best viewed after a downpour.

Elterwater click to view photo
A small body of water which is passed on your way to the village of the same name. Elterwater village has a history of once being the provider of most of Britain's gunpowder! Good place to stop for refreshments at the pub and then rest a while under the sycamore tree on the green ... read more

Chapel Stile click to view photo
Only a couple of miles up from Elterwater this village also has a shop and pub to keep you refreshed which means that if Elterwater is too busy this is the perfect place to head to!

Old Dungeon Ghyll click to view photo
The traditional end to day 2 of The Cumbria Way and a perfect place to rest your legs and have some refreshments.

Synonymous with Coniston Old Man, Coniston is located in the most wonderful of settings and grew from, not only agriculture, but also the mineral wealth of copper which was mined hereabouts especially during the 18th & 19th centuries. Nowadays Coniston is mainly an outdoors place catering for outdoors people with many fine walks and climbs locally.

Coniston is of course famous for being the venue of Donald Campbells ill fated water speed record attempt in 1967 as well featuring many of Arthur Ransomes locations in Swallows and Amazons. The poet, artist and social reformer John Ruskin also made his home on the eastern shores of Coniston and is buried here. Coniston has repeatedly been highly placed in the Village of the Year award and was the first winner of it in 1997.


The Cumbria Way bids farewell to Coniston via a footbridge over Yewdale Beck opposite the primary school on the outskirts of the village, passing a gothic folly on the top left corner of the field.. The route now climbs through sketchy woodland and fields before dropping down towards Yewdale. From Yewdale you begin the climb up to Tarn Howes via Tarn Howes Wood and a short section of road which can get quite busy with cars so take care.

Tarn Howes nestles in a hollow just down from the car park (and occasional Ice Cream van in Summer) and for a man made tarn it is remarkably stunning. Follow the path on the western side of the tarn eventually joining up with a track which leads down to the main Coniston/Skelwith Bridge road. Cross over here and follow a path parallel to the main road before a left turn down a narrow road to High Park. From here a right turn takes you through a gate and although the official Cumbria Way route heads straight it is always recommended to take the short detour to Colwith Falls (best after heavy rain but hopefully not with you walking in it!) before re-joining the route proper a little further on.

Follow the route into Skelwith Bridge, passing through fields, over stiles, through gates and wooded areas before crossing over the River Brathay. The path leaves Skelwith Bridge, heads past Skelwith Force and onto Elterwater, probably the least visited of the lakes. The obvious path now leads unerringly to the village of Elterwater and one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District with an excellent inn to cater for most of your refreshment needs.

Cross the bridge, turn right and head uphill overlooking the timeshare estate below you on the right. A path through the debris from the quarries leads down to the riverbank and a short stroll to the bridge which takes you into Chapel Stile close to The Wainwright's Inn. Follow the road for a couple of hundred yards before taking a walled track which eventually brings you to a bridge over the Great Langdale Beck and there then follows a flat walk alongside the heavily reinforced riverbank on a farm track leading to Oak Howe.

Immediately after Oak Howe a sharp right turn takes you on a path which climbs gently, along the flanks of Lingmoor Fell with magnificent views of the Langdale Pikes laid out in front of you - stunning! After a mile the path starts to descend to Side House and a short walk to Dungeon Ghyll sees the end of day two of your Cumbria Way walk.


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