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Coniston Rambler - Day 2

Hawkshead and Coniston by Bus- A Winding, Scenic Adventure

Hitchhiking in the Lakes is not always an easy thing to do. However, for an off-the-grid, Micro-gap experience the Coniston Rambler bus service offers a more reliable (and slightly more sedate!) alternative. It winds its way through rural hamlets and iconic scenery to some unexpected adventures.

MorningMorning

Head back to the bus stop and catch the 505 Coniston Rambler service to Coniston. The bus stops outside the Tourist Information centre and it is a short (and obvious) walk from here to the village centre. The village of Coniston nestles at the foot of the majestic “Old Man”. Its landscape makes it a great base for walks or cycling, but don’t forget to pop into the bustling village packed full of pubs, cafes, shops and a great museum. Learn all about Coniston’s Connection to Donald Campbell and his record-breaking history.
Coniston Rambler (505)

Coniston Rambler (505)

A wealth of opportunities awaits you when you take a ride on the Coniston Rambler. Be an early bird from Kendal or start at Ambleside, looking out for glorious woodland, small rivers and stone bridges backed by Lakeland fells.
 
Coniston

Coniston

Coniston village is located adjacent to Coniston water and underneath the majestic Coniston Fells of which Coniston Old Man is the most famous. Coniston is a good centre for walkers and climbers. There are numerous places to eat and drink.
 
Walking with Polartec

Coniston Old Man at Coniston

Coniston village is located adjacent to Coniston water and underneath the majestic Coniston Fells of which Coniston Old Man is the most famous.
 

LunchLunch

Take your pick from the wide range of tea rooms, café’s and inns dotted about the village.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

Take the short, sign-posted amble down to Coniston Water. From here you can hop aboard the National Trust’s steam Yacht Gondola and take a leisurely cruise back to the era of the Victorian Grand Tour. If you have the energy then get a Walkers Ticket and combine your cruise with a walk up to Tarn Hows, a stunning local beauty spot, artificially made in the 19th Century by joining 3 tarns together. In 1929 it was bought by Beatrix Potter who sold it to the National Trust.

For those with lots of energy; make sure you pre-book to have a go at paddle boarding (Easter-September only). Stand up paddle boarding is great for individuals, families and groups and is a fun way to get out and explore the lake.
Polartec

Coniston Water at Coniston

Coniston village is located adjacent to Coniston water and underneath the majestic Coniston Fells of which Coniston Old Man is the most famous.
 
Steam Yacht Gondola

Steam Yacht Gondola

Float back to Victorian times as you indulge in a luxurious cruise on captivating Coniston water in this exquisite steam-powered craft.
 
Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows is a stunning local beauty spot, artificially made in the 19th Century by joining 3 tarns together.
 
Coniston Boat Hire Centre

Coniston Boating Centre

Coniston Boating Centre is situated 10-minutes walk from Coniston village. From the centre it is possible to access a whole host of water and land based activities.
 

EveningEvening

Stay overnight and explore the eateries of Coniston before catching the 505 back to Windermere or hurry along to catch the last bus back.
Coniston Rambler (505)

Coniston Rambler (505)

A wealth of opportunities awaits you when you take a ride on the Coniston Rambler. Be an early bird from Kendal or start at Ambleside, looking out for glorious woodland, small rivers and stone bridges backed by Lakeland fells.
 
 

Details of Coniston Rambler (505)Coniston Rambler (505)

A wealth of opportunities awaits you when you take a ride on the Coniston Rambler. Be an early bird from Kendal or start at Ambleside, looking out for glorious woodland, small rivers and stone bridges backed by Lakeland fells. Enter the picturesque village of Hawkshead where you can sample the delightful gift and tea shops dotted amongst the various small alleyways. The Beatrix Potter Gallery is also found here. From the village, a surprising detour takes you over Hawkshead Hill (from here it's a 25 minute walk to the famous beauty spot called Tarn Hows). The views from the hill are amazing - there is a wonderful vista of Coniston Water as you wind down the hill to the grand entrance of your final destination - the striking image of Coniston Old Man towering above the village. There is plenty to occupy you here - a visit to the Ruskin Museum to discover the art of John Ruskin, the daring of Donald Campbell and the fascinating story of the copper mines. You can also visit Ruskin's home, Brantwood, by steam gondola or electric launch, climb the Old Man or relax at a lakeside café before jumping on the bus back to Ambleside.

CONISTON - The Ruskin Museum, Coniston Lake, Coniston Boating Centre, Monk Coniston Hall, Brantwood. Tarn Hows. HAWKSHEAD - The Beatrix Potter Gallery, Gateway to Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead Grammar School Museum, Hawkshead Clothing Outlet. Wray Castle and Grounds. AMBLESIDE - The Armitt Museum, Indoor Climbing Wall, Hayes Garden Centre, Stock Ghyll Force Waterfall, Watersports Activities at Waterhead.

Contact

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Venue

Coniston Rambler (505)

Wheelchair access depends on vehicle. There are bike spaces.

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