Visit Coniston Water for a world away from it all. The unspoilt shoreline and surrounding landscape of low fells and woodlands make for excellent cycling country and a great active day out for all the family!
Leave Behind the Hustle and Bustle
Although only a few miles west of Windermere, Coniston Water feels like a million miles away, a place where the hustle and bustle of day to day life is left behind. The minor roads and tracks cater for a range of fitness levels and capabilities.
Start in Coniston
The easiest and most obvious starting point for most excursions is the village of Coniston itself, which you’ll find on the north western side of the lake. An easy family bike ride from here leads you in a southerly direction along the old railway line which at one time would have carried copper and slate from the local mines to the coast. This trip takes about two hours but of course there are alternative and longer routes you can choose.
For more ambitious families, the starting point should be the easterly side of Consiton Water where a tranquil minor road wraps round almost the entire shoreline and various points along it give access to the extensive network of tracks in Grizedale Forest. There’s a useful colour coded map to indicate the difficulty of each route. The journey on your bikes from Coniston village to High Nibthwaite (the length of the lake) and back is just over 19km.
Cruising on the Water
You can avoid the initial section of this longer route by opting to take the cruise boat on the lake and then riding back from the landing point at Water Park. An even more challenging route involves the bridleway that climbs up on to the fell side behind the lake. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts over the difficult terrain with the spectacular views over the Coniston range.
Highlight of the Day
Being out in the fresh and and being active with your treasured family.
Nearest train station : Windermere
Car parking : Yes
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