Things to see and do at Hoathwaite

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You’re spoilt for choice for walks around Torver and Coniston. Fell walkers can tackle the big hills of the Coniston Fell range, including Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag, Swirl How, Black Sails and Wetherlam.

Gentler walks can be found along Coniston lakeshore and surrounding lower level areas. Be sure to visit picturesque Tarn Hows for an easy walk with lovely views.

Don't forget to take a map with you wherever you decide to walk.

Mountain biking

There are some good mountain bike routes around Coniston. You might like to try a couple of our suggested trails around Low Yewdale and Coniston Water or around Walna Scar.

Cruising on Coniston Water

Enjoy a trip on the Steam Yacht Gondola on either a full or half lake cruise across Coniston Water. Cruises depart from Coniston Pier, Lake Road, Coniston (LA21 8AN).


The former home of John Ruskin, eminent Victorian social reformer, writer and artist, lies on the eastern shore of Coniston Water.

You can arrive at Brantwood by Gondola - take one of the earlier sailings to give yourself time to look around both the house and gardens before taking the boat back to Coniston Pier.

Ruskin Museum

Visit the Ruskin Museum in Coniston village. Find out about the Campbells and their dare-devil speed attempts on Coniston Water, as well as Coniston’s 'Swallows and Amazons' connections and mining history.

Café culture

Sample the menu at the Bluebird Café by Coniston Pier. Watch the boats go by and enjoy the hustle and bustle around the pier.

Alternatively, grab a bite to eat at Jumping Jenny’s on the other side of the lake at Brantwood and take in the spectacular view back across to the Coniston Fells.

Canoeing and sailing

Hire a canoe or learn to sail at Coniston Boating Centre by Coniston Pier.

Horse riding

Go for a ride at Crook Barn Stables in Torver.

Further information

For even more suggestions about what there is to see and do in the area, try the following: