23rd July 2014

A very hot circuit of Coniston Water


Walk Overview
Time 08:10am to 3:10pm
Duration 7 hr
Distance 14.1 mile
Ascent a couple of hundred feet
Walking with Jennifer
Coniston - Coniston Hall - shore path to Sunny Bank - Sunnybank Cottage - Water Yeat - Bouthery Bridge - High Nibthwaite - road along eastern side of lake - Brantwood - How Head - Coniston
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
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Car park, Coniston

As with most other car parks in towns and villages you'll need to bring planty of pound coins to park next to the tourist information centre car park. This one isn't the biggest car park either and it does fill up rather quickly. If you don't mind a short walk however, there is a second option at Coniston Sports Club (the top red arrow)

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


It was a day like this and the opportunity to walk on a day like this that I've been waiting for. I've only walked a full circuit of Coniston on the one occasion prior to today and I really enjoyed it. So, earlier this year I decided I'd have a repeat performance this summer. I admit that a day as good as this would perhaps have been better spent on a different route, however, to get the most out of a 'strange' route like this one, I firmly believe it needs to be walked in these conditions.

The first place we aimed for was Coniston Hall which is a lovely walk in itself, found about 20 minutes walk from the village through fields like this one.

A look back to Coniston.

Morning tranquillity at Coniston.

A little while after leaving Coniston we reach Coniston Hall with its distinctively round, and very high chimneys.

I'll bet these folk are pleased the picked this week to come here.

The much appreciated long dry spell has left the level of all the lakes quite a bit lower than you'd normally find. I assume you didn't really need me to tell you that.

Over there you can see Coniston Old Man.




On the route through Torver Common Wood.


It would have been easier to stick to the lake shore along this section but it never crossed my mind at the time.

Flood damage perhaps.


The morning was progressing now and every accessible section of lake was beginning to fill with people. I have to admit that water looks inviting. A swim in the lake would be just the thing, but, we have a long way to walk so we press on.

Brock Barrow is seen on the opposite side of the valley. We'll be walking along the bottom of it shortly.



Brock Barrow again.

Bouthrey Bridge, nicely rebuilt after the damage caused in the November 2009 floods.

There are the Coniston fells again. They'd remain in view for most of the walk now.

Haytime at High Nibthwaite, the farmer even gave us a friendly wave.

We pass through High Nibthwaite. If it's a peaceful spot you're after then this is the place for you.


High Nibthwaite more or less marked the halfway point of the walk and by now we were feeling quite hungry. "if we walk past the village we can nip down to the jetty and sit on that"

Okay, technically we did sit on the jetty for something to eat but for obvious reasons we only made half way along.





Tired feet needed cooled off so thankfully we spotted these stones which were close enough to the edge to paddle out to, and high enough out of the water to sit on.

Life in the slow lane and, , , ,

, , , , life in the fast lane.

Sadly we couldn't sit dangling our feet in the water all day so eventually it was time to dry off and start walking again.

It was getting seriously hot now and I was beginning to see the attraction of finding some grass to lay on for a while.

Brantwood remains popular with visitors to the Lake District and despite getting a picture with no people, it was very busy here as we passed by this afternoon.

A close up of Coniston Old Man

and not so close up.


After walking some distance from the waters edge for a while we reach the northern most point of the lake where people continue to enjoy themselves on and in the water.

Through the trees I hear and then see the steam yacht goldola.

The village comes into view to remind us the walk is almost over. Thankfully the shops in Coniston hadn't ran out of ice cream by the time we got there.!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks