This short walk combines a trip on the Coniston ferry with a walk around the northern shore of Coniston Water. The steam yacht Gondola operates on a circular route around the lake, with the longest leg taking us from the waterfront at Coniston to Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin, where our walk begins. The view from the boat, and from the walk back is dominated by the fells to the west, and in particular the Old Man of Coniston.
Ascent: 200ft/ 60m
Length: 2.5 miles/ 4km
Map: Explorer 07 English Lakes South East
Last Walked: 7 October 2007
There is car parking at the pier used by the steam launch in Coniston.
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This walk begins with a boat trip on the Steam Launch on Coniston. Take the boat from the Coniston pier to Brantwood.
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At the Brantwood landing follow the path up to the road. After visiting Brantwood (if you wish), turn left (north) onto the road and follow it as it skirts the edge of the woods.
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After just after under half a mile, turn onto a public footpath that runs through the fields to the left of the road, running very gently downhill as it goes.
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The only potentially difficult moment on this path comes soon after passing the second of two farm tracks. In the first field after the second track, keep an eye out for an alley formed between two stone walls, turning off the to left. Our path runs down this alley into a very small field, then passes into a much larger field, where the path becomes very obvious, before reaching a track. Follow this track for a short distance until it reaches a minor road.
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Turn left onto this road, and follow it around the northern shore of Coniston Water. At the lake take the chance to walk along the lake shore instead of the road.
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At the northern tip of the lake, there is a T-junction in the road. Our path follows the road as it turns left to run down the western shore of the lake. The path itself runs behind the hedge on the far side of the road.
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This path runs between rows of trees before reaching some buildings. Just past those buildings, turn left and cross the road, heading onto a gated track leading back towards the lake shore. Follow this path back to the lake, and then along the lake shore back to the boat.