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Follow the undulating eastern lakeshore road under a canopy of trees and then the River Crake to Lowick Bridge hamlet (and pub). You can cycle straight back or load your bikes on to the launch at Water Park jetty for a more sedate return.
Otherwise go further by following quiet lanes across the flank of Subberthwaite Common for a wonderful view over the Woodland Valley. Twisting track and tarmac return you to the lakeshore and the road or launch back.
Start / finish: Pay & display car park next to Coniston TIC and toilets (or park at Coniston Sports & Social Centre near Shepherd Bridge).
Distance: Lowick Bridge and back: 17.5m (28km). With Subberthwaite Common loop: 22.5m (36km).
Grade: Lowick Bridge and back: Medium-Easy With Subberthwaite Common loop: Medium- Moderate. On-road or cycle path, except for short section of track after Subberthwaite Common and Torver jetty.
Refreshments: Jumping Jenny Coffee House & Restaurant at Brantwood (015394 41715); Red Lion pub at Lowick Bridge (01229 885366); Bluebird Cafe at Coniston Boating Centre.
Public loos: Monk Coniston car park (head of lake).