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Alright ramblers, let’s get rambling

For a peaceful couple of days in the South Lakes, why not take a trip between Windermere and Coniston via Hawkshead? Thanks to the reliable and regular ‘Coniston Rambler’, seven daily bus services operate from Monday to Saturday, with four on Sundays, giving visitors an easy way to explore.


Day 1: Hop on the 505 bus from Windermere railway station, taking in stunning views of Windermere, England’s largest lake to your left as you head towards its northern tip at Ambleside.

Upon arrival in Hawkshead, you’re only a minute or so away from the village centre on foot. Bursting at the seams with a host of vibrant cafés, pubs, restaurants and attractions like The Beatrix Potter Gallery and William Wordsworth’s old school, take the time to explore its cobbled streets and cottages and quirky shops.



There’s plenty of choice of where to eat in the evening, with lots of pubs dotted across the village.

Day 2: Get back on the 505 bus to Coniston, getting off at the Tourist Information Centre. From there it’s only a short walk to the village centre.

Nestled at the foot of the majestic “Old Man of Coniston” peak, Coniston village is a great base for walkers or cyclists. It’s also the home of the Ruskin Museum, where you can learn all about Coniston’s colourful history.

The afternoon presents you with a couple of options. Take a cruise on Coniston Water aboard the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola or Coniston Launch boat, or if you have the energy, get a Walkers Ticket and combine your cruise with a walk up to the stunning beauty spot, Tarn Hows.


For those with lots of energy and fancy a longer, but rewarding walk, ask a local to point you in the direction of Hodge Close quarry or Cathedral Cave. It’s less than a ten-minute taxi ride to a good starting point at Tilberthwaite Farm.

From there, follow the footpath to a series of underground tunnels leading to a magnificent cave that simply begs to be photographed and thoroughly explored.


Back above ground, enjoy your second night of the trip in Coniston itself, or catch the Rambler back to Hawkshead or Windermere. Be warned, the last bus of the day is just before 5pm, or just after 6pm on Sundays.

Information you need to know:

Weather: The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, clear morning skies can rapidly give way to rain, sleet or even snow so be prepared! Changes in weather can dramatically alter the difficulty of a route so please consider this before setting off. Call 0844 846 2444 to check the forecast.

Be Prepared: Appropriate clothing can make all the difference. It is important to be warm, comfortable and dry when out exploring so make sure you have the appropriate kit and plenty of layers. Your rucksack should hold everything needed and be carried comfortably. Have extra layers, a hat and gloves, enough food and drink, and a first aid kit. A compass, map and the knowledge to use them is invaluable.

Don’t rely on technology alone: Mobile phone reception isn’t always good in the Lake District. Leave details of your route and expected finish time with a buddy. If you are delayed, please contact your buddy to let them know. This will prevent mountain rescue, a team of volunteers, being called out unnecessarily. If there is an emergency call 999, ask for Cumbria Police and give your location; an accurate grid reference is ideal.


Coniston2Discover more about what to do and see in the Coniston area here, and discover more about Hawkshead here.

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