Hike & bike

Plod or pedal

However you choose to get around you'll be rewarded

However you choose to get around you'll be rewarded

The Coniston area offers you walking of every type but if you're a serious walker keen to 'bag a peak' then the Old Man of Coniston is a must for your list. If distance is more your thing then a section of the Cumbria Way passes through this area.

From beginner bikers (whatever the age) to experienced off-roaders there are routes here to suit. With minor roads, forest tracks and bridleways you can enjoy a range of great riding.

See our map of hike & bike areas locally (Google Maps)

Outdoor fun finder

Our special outdoors website

Want to find the best outdoor experiences all over the Lakes? Our Lakes rangers have put together a number of ideas to choose from.

Click here to Explore our Lakes outdoors website (external link).

On two legs or two wheels - Coniston has plenty to offer.

Keen walkers
For keen walkers you can choose to go high or go cross-country enjoying the variety of scenery and views on offer, linking up  with the adjoining valleys of Hawkshead or going from our own Little Langdale on to Great Langdale.

Or why not combine a sail on Gondola with a walk, trails are accessible from jetties around the lakeshore on both the eastern and western sides and make for a very enjoyable day out. See Sail & Trail for more information.

If you cycle or want to give it a go the Coniston area now has a great combination of quieter roads and trails which give you wonderful family-friendly cycling routes.

For the keen mountain biker Grizedale Forest on the east side of Coniston Water has dedicated mountain bike sections for you to test your skills or combine on and off-road tracks for a memorable and exhilarating tour of the area on two wheels.

Mountain bikers

Mountain bikers can enjoy challenging or more sedate routes depending on their experience and fitness. This one is challenging.

Electric bikes

If you'd like a bit of help with those hills then help is at hand.

You can now hire electric bikes locally to help you get out and enjoy our Lake District scenery by bike.

Find out more about Electric Bikes ...