Hoathwaite to Coniston family cycle trail

Cycling trail

If you're staying at the campsite, this is a flat and easy, out and back, family-friendly bike ride along the shore of Coniston Water between Hoathwaite and Coniston Pier.

Coniston Hall


Cycle trail


Hoathwaite Campsite car park


Leave the car park at the top of the campsite and head down the main track towards the lake. Keep left at the split signed for the Raymond Priestly Centre and continue towards the lower camping field. Pass through the gate in the bottom corner of the lower camping field and head left along the lakeshore.

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Cyclist at Hoathwaite


You'll soon pass over a bridge and through a double gate. Continue along the shoreline eventually passing through another gate into Coniston Hall Campsite.

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Coniston Hall Campsite


Continue along the road through the campsite and past Coniston Hall. Approximately 100 yards past the hall leave the road and take the track to your right just after the last barn on the left.

Coniston Hall


Follow this stoney track passing through three sets of gates along the way until you reach a road. Turn right at the road and continue down to the lake shore at Coniston Pier.

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Gondola at Coniston Pier


Enjoy the sights and sounds at the busy shoreline location. It's a great place to skim stones across the lake, watch the boating activity or treat yourself to coffee and cake at the Bluebird Café. When you're ready, retrace your steps back to Hoathwaite Campsite.


Hoathwaite Campsite car park

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Hoathwaite to Coniston family cycle trail


Apart from the slope from the campsite down to the lake, the rest of the trail is on flat paths with a short road section just before Coniston Pier.

Hoathwaite to Coniston family cycle trail

How to get here

Hoathwaite Campsite Torver Coniston Cumbria LA21 8AX
By road

Hoathwaite Campsite lies on the A593 between Torver and Coniston.
From Torver the turning for Hoathwaite campsite is approximately half a mile on the right-hand-side of the road (immediately after a wide lay-by). Look for the green railings where you’ll see the sign for Hoathwaite Campsite. 
From Coniston drive towards Torver. Pass the entrance to Park Coppice and on through Little Arrow (where you will see a garden with topiary on the right hand side). The turning for Hoathwaite campsite is the next turning on the left. Look for the green metal railings where you’ll see the sign for Hoathwaite Campsite. 

Once off the main road, take the next left turn and follow the track all the way down to the campsite.

We recommend that you don't use your Sat Nav to find Hoathwaite campsite.

By bus

The X12 service runs between Ulverston and Coniston, stopping off at Torver on the way. After alighting at Torver you will have a one mile walk to the campsite - be careful on the main road from Torver as there is no footpath.
Regular train services run to Ulverston from the West Coast mainline via Lancaster.
If you're heading to Hoathwaite from the Windermere direction, then the 505 bus service will take you to Coniston where you can connect to the X12 service down to Torver and walk from there.

Hoathwaite to Coniston family cycle trail

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Hoathwaite Campsite car park during camping season
  • Toilets at Coniston Pier
  • Café at Coniston Pier