Coniston Water Circuit

A long distance walk of 22 miles which makes a complete circuit of Coniston Water in the Lake District National Park. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Water Yeat
Distance: 22 miles (35 km)
Grid Ref: SD288891
Climbing: 1,220 metres
Walk time: 8-11 hours
Days: 1-2

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Coniston Water Circuit begins in the hamlet of Water Yeat near to the southern tip of Coniston Water. The circuit can be taken in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise course. The download files available are for an anti-clockwise circuit as is described here. From Water Yeat the route crosses the River Crake at Bouthrey Bridge and reaches High Nibthwaite. From here the route climbs to pass Brock Barrow and reach High Bethecar. The circuit then crosses low moor at between 200m and 300m for about five miles over Bethecar Moor and Satterthwaite Moor in Grisedale Forest Park before descending to the shore on the northmost tip of Coniston Water at around 50m elevation near High Water Head. From here the circuit climbs to Low Tilberthwaite and continues ascending to the high point of the walk beyond Above Beck Fells at Hole rake on the foothills of the Coniston Fells. From here it is a steep descent into Coniston via Church Beck. From the village the walk continues to Coniston Jetty which leads to an easy three mile lakeside walk on the west shore of Coniston Water before a climb away from the waterside takes the route past Anne Riggs to Tottle Bank. A final short climb to Blawith Fells Beacon results in a nice walk past Beacon Tarn before the circuit descends to the finish back in Water Yeat.

Useful Links:
Route Guide with Grid References
Long Distance Walkers Association

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