Coniston and the Yewdale Fells

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The walk is to the north of Coniston, through an attractive woodland by a permitted path before going along an almost deserted lane, a dead-end which does not encourage motorists. Tilberthwaite Ghyll can be seen at close quarters by a short detour before a stream crossing takes you into a shallow valley beneath the flanks of Wetherlam. This area is full of old mine workings with a great deal of visible remains and makes use of the tracks constructed by the miners for their own use. These have sunk back into the bogs in some places, but for the most part make for very easy walking. It is hard to realise that you have been climbing for some time, but just after passing a tarn there is a sudden and spectacular view of Coniston Water far below you, with the Lead Mines Valley immediately below. The track is engineered in zigzags down the fellside and an easy return to Coniston follows a beck with numerous waterfalls.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South West

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Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Museum, National Trust, Pub, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets
17/07/2014 - Robert Hughes

There does seem to be a distance mix-up between this walk and walk 1420 which I completed the other day. Both are listed as 7.5 miles and yet the latter includes Holme Fell which I think adds about 1.4 miles. I believe therefore that this walk is nearer to 6 miles than 7 and so it is probably worth updating its details.

17/03/2013 - Jonathan Clements

This is an excellent walk with a great view over Coniston with little effort extended to gain height. Th e detour to the bridge over the ghyll is worth the extra 10 minutes on the walk.

15/02/2005 - Stephen Bradbury

An excellent walk. Directions and GPS route were both good but my tracklog says it is only 6.25 miles!!

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