Amble & ramble

Easy for all the family

View of Yew Tree Tarn near Coniston

View of Yew Tree Tarn near Coniston

Family-friendly outdoor spaces, also suitable for the less able, the Coniston area has ways to give everyone access to great scenery.

Yew Tree Tarn, Blea Tarn and places on Coniston Water 's east and west side. Most are easy to get to from car parks and ideal for an amble, stroll or ramble. Places where your children can let of steam or you can find creative inspiration.

Below are some ideas of spots you can visit where you can get out and enjoy this lovely area.

See our google map to find possible places to visit in this part of the Lakes.

Holiday cottage near Tarn Hows

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Amble & ramble

Here you will find some Coniston area amble and ramble ideas.

Outdoor places to amble, stroll and ramble - bring the whole family.

Yew Tree Tarn
Adjacent to the Ambleside-Coniston road this small tarn is lovely for a short stroll; visit in late spring and you can see bluebells and azaleas; you might even get to see the Belted Galloway cattle who graze the area.

Monk Coniston
You can take the 'Gondola' to the grounds of Monk Coniston where you will find a tree trail (it has lots of special trees).

Beside Coniston Water
There are small bays linked by a quiet road on the East side, ideal for picnics and messing about in the water. A trail by the shoreline goes from Coniston (near the school) to Torver; or take a bus or boat and walk back.

Blea Tarn
With a small car park (no toilets) take short walk or a longer circular trail (back by the road).

Boat and walk

Break the hourney and have a walk

It is possible to take a sail on Coniston Water along with a walk, for the best of both worlds. See the countryside from a different viewpoint and then get out and explore.



Monk Coniston

The grounds  are open; including the walled garden which is now used by community gardeners.

The house itself is the base for HF Holidays, their  Cafe is open for drinks and snacks during the summer.

The Yewdale valley

A very good track leads from Coniston village along the wooded Yewdale valley towards the road to Tilberthwaite and Hodge Close, you can follow our trail guide.