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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.



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 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.



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


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.

VistEngland VAQAS


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



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


Royal Yachting Association


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.



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

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