Steam Yacht Gondola Brantwood to Parkamoor trail
The walk begins with a cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola. Take the Head of the Lake Cruise from Coniston Pier (0.5 mile from Coniston village) on weekdays at 11am (or 12 noon if you are a faster walker). On disembarking at Brantwood jetty, the route continues on foot, taking you through mixed woodland, open fell and past two fascinating old buildings. Rich in both flora and fauna this is a photographer's paradise. At the end of your walk, re-board Gondola at Parkamoor jetty on the 3.25pm sailing to return to your start point at Coniston Pier.
The walk is 6 miles long and involves a vertical ascent of over 250 metres. At a steady pace we suggest you allow 3 hours for the walk. If you take the 12 noon sailing from Coniston Pier arriving at Brantwood at 12.25pm, you have exactly 3 hours to get to Parkamoor for your return sailing. You may want to consider taking the earlier 11am sailing to allow yourself more time to complete the walk.
Coniston Pier, grid ref: SD307970
Join Steam Yacht Gondola at Coniston pier for a short cruise before disembarking at Brantwood jetty to start your walk. From the jetty walk up through Brantwood's lower gardens to the road. Turn left and follow the road away from Brantwood passing Knipewood, Thurston and Black Beck Cottage, and then immediately after passing Low Bank Ground take the bridleway off to your right.
The bridleway ascends gradually up towards Lawson Park. Along the way you'll pass a rather unusual seat followed by a small barn. Shortly after passing the barn and going through two gates you'll reach Lawson Park, the home of Grizedale Arts.
Lawson Park is the headquarters of Grizedale Arts, a charitable organisation which offers artists' residencies, and curates and commissions contemporary art.
When you reach Lawson Park the path comes out on to a track. Turn left at this track and head uphill along the edge of the pines with the open, cleared area on your right. At the top of the hill at a main track turn right and follow it for about half a mile. Ignore a track to the right signposted to Coniston Water and shortly after where the track turns sharp left leave the track and follow the narrow path off to the right leading into the forest.
Continue along the path through the forest for around 15 minutes. The path is popular with mountain bikers so stay alert. Eventually, you'll pass through a gate at the edge of the forest and come out on to open fell at Park Crags. Immediately after leaving the forest there is a viewpoint on your right side at a grassy ledge with six flat slates on it. Pause for a while and take in the views.
Continue along the path across the top of the moor and enjoy the wonderful views down the lake as you walk. Eventually you will pass through a gate on to a less well-defined path which runs alongside a fence for a short time before turning left and dropping down to Low Parkamoor Farm.
Pass in front of Low Parkamoor Farm, down the track and through a gate. Twenty yards after the gate take the path to the right leading downhill. After passing through another gate and crossing a stream you will come to a track. Turn left and continue down the track until you reach a footpath to your right indicated by a white arrow. Coniston Water soon comes into view through the trees. Climb over a stile and walk around the small barn into Dodgson Wood car park.
Low Parkamoor Farm
This remote, 16th-century Grade II listed farmhouse is set in a spectacular location some 656ft (200m) above Coniston Water. Restored by the National Trust, it is now used as a residential resource and retreat by Grizedale Arts.
Turn left out of the car park and follow the road for about half a mile until you reach Parkamoor jetty where you can skim a few stones or sit and relax whilst you wait for Gondola to pick you up at 3.25pm to take you back to your start point at Coniston Pier.
Coniston Pier, grid ref: SD307970
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