Lake Bank Jetty to Coniston via Beacon Fell

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Lake Bank jetty on Coniston Water © National Trust

Lake Bank jetty on Coniston Water

Beacon Tarn © National Trust

Beacon Tarn

Beacon Fell above the tarn © National Trust

Beacon Fell above the tarn

Torver Beck Bridge © National Trust

Torver Beck Bridge

Coniston Old Hall © National Trust

Coniston Old Hall

Route overview

This beautiful walk is in two distinct parts. The first takes you up to 200m above sea level on clearly defined paths with some short, quite steep climbs and easy descents. Conditions underfoot can be wet at certain times of the year but the views are more than rewarding.

The second part follows the lake shore path and is very straightforward but also has wonderful views.

The timings given are for a fit pensioner, so please adjust to suit after the first couple of stages and allow for various breaks.

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Lake Bank walk via Beacon Fell to Coniston
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Coniston Pier

  1. Distance: 0.6km, Time: 10 mins. Walk past the ticket office and up the narrow path to the road. Turn right, passing the entrance to Crake Valley Holiday Park. As the road sweeps right on a gentle decline, look out for the footpath on your left. This point is confirmed currently by two signs by the National Park regarding Blawith Common.

    Show/HideLake Bank jetty

    Don't rush to leave Lake Bank. It has a magical quality all of its own with wonderful views up the lake. To the south-east is High Nibthwaite with an Anthony Gormley statue just visible in the field this side of the village.

    Lake Bank jetty on Coniston Water © National Trust
  2. Distance 1.1km, Time: 28 mins. A short steep climb takes you in a south-westerly direction. On the ascent, ignore a track going off to your right, between the two sets of telegraph poles. At the top of the climb, ignore a track off to your left and descend straight ahead. This takes you down to a more defined track coming in from your left (Water Yeat). It is here that you turn right and cross Tarn Beck on a small slatted bridge.

  3. Distance: 0.4km, Time 9 mins. A steady climb begins to level out. Ignore a track going right across the beck. Simply carry on ahead with the beck on your right. This brings you to the south of Beacon Tarn.

    Show/HideBeacon Tarn

    Beacon Tarn is a South Lakeland gem, provoking childhood memories of swimming and fishing in the summer and skating in the winter! There are great views north to the Coniston Fells.

    Beacon Tarn © National Trust
  4. Distance: 1.0km, Time: 28 mins. Joining the Cumbria Way, head around the far side of the tarn (the west side) ignoring the various tracks to your left and head north along the edge of the tarn, to its northernmost point. This area can be very wet underfoot. Continue north, slowly climbing to the high point.

    Show/HideBeacon Fell

    At the north end of the tarn you could always make a detour to the summit of Beacon Fell, a short steep climb rewarded by stunning views. If you do this, be sure to re-join the trail where you left it!

    Beacon Fell above the tarn © National Trust
  5. Distance: 1.4km, Time: 28 mins. Ahead and below you is a large 'moss'. As you descend, leave the moss on your left side. As you reach the far end, the larger Stable Harvey Moss is visible ahead. Beyond it, you may see a small disused reservoir which is a guide to the general direction. Towards the end of the descent, bear left at a fork in the trail and pass below a small rock outcrop. Keep heading for the lane which serves Stable Harvey, joining it at a fingerpost pointing back towards the route you have just done.

  6. Distance: 1.7km, Time: 30 mins. 60m up the lane is another bridleway sign taking you left away from the lane. Pass the two ash trees and continue straight ahead toward the twin poles. The gentle descent sweeps right; on reaching a small marker post, go left reaching another marker post almost immediately. Go right over the beck, soon ignoring a track off to the left (to the reservoir) and head down the left hand flank of the valley. This brings you to Torver Beck with its wooden bridge. Follow the path to the road ahead.

    Show/HideTorver Beck Bridge

    Torver Beck runs into Coniston Water at Sunny Bank. The bridge is a delightful spot for a breather. If the weather's nice you might want to go for a quick paddle.

    Torver Beck Bridge © National Trust
  7. Distance: 5.9km, Time: 100 mins. All the hard work is done! Cross the road and follow the path down to the lake at the Sunny Bank jetty. Simply follow this delightful shore footpath which takes you all the way back to your start point. Ignore paths taking you away from the lake other than when approaching Coniston Old Hall campsite. After Coniston Old Hall, bear right. After the second gate as you are heading directly towards the village, bear right on the obvious track taking you to Lake Road. Turn right and 5 minutes later you could be enjoying a well earned cuppa in the lovely Bluebird Café. Well done - we hope you enjoyed the walk.

    Show/HideConiston Old Hall

    Built in the 15th century, Coniston Old Hall with its distinctive round chimneys, was the seat of the Fleming Family. It is now owned by the National Trust, although is not open to the public.

    Coniston Old Hall © National Trust

End: Coniston Pier

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 12.1 km (7.5 miles)
  • Time: 4 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 96
  • Terrain:

    Varied terrain: well-marked trail, rocky and marshy in places

  • How to get here:

    Start by boarding Steam Yacht Gondola at Coniston pier, Lake Road, Coniston, LA21 8AN on the 11am Saturday Walkers' full lake cruise. Disembark at Lake Bank jetty - be sure to let the crew know as this is a request stop.

  • Facilities:

    Toilets, café and parking at Coniston pier (LA21 8AN) at the start of your cruise and at the end of your walk. Apart from that, all facilities will be in your rucksack!

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