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Follow Shepherds Bridge Lane

Shepherds Bridge Lane, Coniston

At the road junction just before Yewdale Bridge turn left into Shepherd’s Bridge Lane, signposted Skelwith and Ambleside


Coniston Alternative Route:

The Cumbria Way alternative route via Coniston Boat Landings is rejoined at the Yewdale Bridge road junction


The Cumbria Way, Yewdale Bridge, Coniston

Continue to follow Tilberthwaite Avenue

Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston

Keep to the right where the road forks in front of the Crown Inn and then continue straight on along Tilberthwaite Avenue, passing Ruskin Avenue and the Donald Campbell Memorial on the right

Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston

From Church Bridge walk down Tilberthwaite Avenue passing St. Andrew’s Church on the right

Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston

Ulverston to Gawthwaite - Gawthwaite to Coniston - Coniston to Skelwith Bridge

Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale - Great Langdale to Rosthwaite

Rosthwaite to Keswick - Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route)

Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route) - Caldbeck to Sebergham - Sebergham to Dalston

Dalston to Carlisle


The Route - Coniston to Skelwith Bridge


Distance: 10.7km (6½ miles)

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Cross Shepherd Bridge over Yewdale Beck

Shepherd Bridge, Coniston

At the end of the bridge, before the garden gate of the house, turn left onto the footpath beside the beck

Shepherd Bridge, Coniston

Go through the gate

Shepherd Bridge, Coniston

When High Park Farm is reached, do not turn right through the first gate (not a public right of way) but continue a short way on the road past the first building to reach a gate on the right

High Park, Colwith

Turn right off the road through the gate and then almost immediately go through a second gate, continue through the farm yard


In summer refreshments are sometimes available at the the farm house

High Park Farm, Colwith

Turn right between the buildings to leave the farm yard

High Park, Colwith

Cross a small parking area and go through the field gate onto a wide track beyond


Follow the track and go through a second gate in the wall on the far side of the field

The Cumbria Way, High Park, Colwith

Turn left and follow the track alongside the wall


Go through the gate into the woodland of High Park Coppice

The Cumbria Way, High Park, Colwith

5m (5 yds) after the gate, the path divides


Main Route: Keep straight on along the level track beside the wall to follow The Cumbria Way main route


Colwith Force Alternative Route: Drop down on the path to the left to follow the alternative route via Colwith Force

The Cumbria Way near High Park, Colwith

To continue on the Main Route:

Continue to follow the track as it drops down through the wood

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Bridge

When the track reaches a junction with a path, turn left

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Bridge

Ignore the path dropping down to the left almost immediately after leaving the main track


Follow the right hand path that climbs for a few metres (yards) before dropping down through the trees

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Bridge

At the bottom of a steeper section of path go through the footpath gate


Colwith Force Alternative Route: The alternative route via Colwith Force is rejoined at the gate

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Bridge

Continuation from above


Turning left off the main track, take the path dropping down into the wood

The Cumbria Way near High Park, Colwith

Follow the path as it winds down through the wood

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Force

The path approaches the River Brathay and follows the river bank, then turns away from the river again


Continue to follow the path

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Force

After crossing an area of tree roots the path emerges at the top of a steep bank with Colwith Force below to the left


Caution: Steep drop below the path

Colwith Force

Carefully follow the path along the top of the bank


The path climbs slightly then drops down to some rough stone pitched steps

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Force

At the bottom of the steps turn left to view the waterfall, turn right to continue along The Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Force

Follow the path through the wood


The path approaches the road adjacent to Colwith Bridge

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Force

The Cumbria Way main route is rejoined when a footpath gate on the left is reached


Turn left through the footpath gate


Back to The Cumbria Way main route

The Cumbria Way, Colwith Bridge

Go down the steps onto the road and turn right


Walk along the road for 65m (70 yds)

The Cumbria Way, Colwith Bridge

Turn left over a step stile onto a footpath signposted to Skelwith Bridge


Cross the field to the wood

The Cumbria Way, Colwith Bridge

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Colwith Force Alternative Route


Go over a stile into the wood and up some steps climbing a steep bank above the river


At the top of the wood, cross a stile into a field

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Bridge

Follow the path across the field and go through a metal wicket gate beside the house at Low Park

The Cumbria Way near Low Park

Cross the small turning area and go through the footpath gate straight ahead into a narrow path between stone walls


At the end of the narrow path, go over the stone step stile and follow the stony path up the field beyond

The Cumbria Way, Low Park

Go over the stile in the gap in the stone wall and follow the path beyond to the buildings of Park Farm

Elterwater Park, Skelwith Bridge

Go between the buildings and pass in front of the house


(Southbound walkers take the middle of the three paths when leaving the gap between the buildings)

Elterwater Park, Skelwith Bridge

Ignore the path to the left dropping down to a step stile beside the road


Follow the path in the wood parallel to the road

The Cumbria Way near Colwith Bridge

Go through the gate into the lane beyond and follow the track

Elterwater Park, Skelwith Bridge

Where the track divides, turn right and follow the track down the hill to a gate


Go through the gate and continue following the path as it winds across a field towards the buildings at Park House

The Cumbria Way, Elterwater Park, Skelwith Bridge

The path leads into the corner of the field adjacent to Park House


Go through the iron wicket gate

The Cumbria Way beside Park House, Skelwith Bridge

A narrow path skirts the garden of the house; turn right through an iron wicket gate at the end and then follow the track round to the front of the cottages

The Cumbria Way beside Park House, Skelwith Bridge

Follow the track uphill through the gate into the field

Park House, Skelwith Bridge

Where the main track turns right and a path branches off to the left, keep left and follow the path across the field

The Cumbria Way near Park House, Skelwith Bridge

When the path reaches the woodland of How Coppice, go through the wicket gate and follow the path down through the wood

How Coppice, Skelwith Bridge

At the path junction keep to the left hand path


(The former route of The Cumbria Way turned right here and went via the main A593 road 0.4km (¼ mile) to Skelwith Bridge village centre - the former route rejoins the current route immediately north of Woodburn Bridge)



How Coppice, Skelwith Bridge

Pass beside the garden of Skelwith Howe and continue along the path through the wood to Woodburn Bridge over the River Brathay

Bridge Howe, Skelwith Bridge

Cross Woodburn Bridge and turn left to continue to Elterwater


(Turn right here for Skelwith Bridge village centre 0.3km (¼ mile) and Skelwith Force 80m (90 yds) from The Cumbria Way)


(The River Brathay formed the former (pre 1975) county boundary of Lancashire and Westmorland)

Woodburn Bridge near Skelwith Bridge

Follow the obvious path across the field

The Cumbria Way near Shepherd Bridge, Coniston

Do not go through the gate; follow the path beside the fence under the trees

The Cumbria Way near Shepherd Bridge, Coniston

The path approaches Monk Coniston Kennel


Restored by The National Trust, the former dog kennel is open to the public

Monk Coniston Kennel

Go through the gate to the left of the Kennel

The Cumbria Way near Monk Coniston Kennel

Follow the path up the hill behind the kennel, beside a fence

The Cumbria Way near Monk Coniston Kennel

Sections

Coniston to Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows to Skelwith Bridge

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Coniston to Tarn Hows

Distance: 4.1km (2½ miles)

Approximate Ascent: 210m (690 ft)  -  Approximate Descent: 60m (210 ft)

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Tarn Hows to Skelwith Bridge

Distance: 6.6km (4 miles)

Approximate Ascent: 120m (390 ft) -  Approximate Descent: 260m (850 ft)

Take the second turn on the right

Shepherds Bridge Lane, Coniston

Go through the gate

The Cumbria Way near Back Guards, Coniston

Continue to follow the path up the hill

The Cumbria Way near Back Guards, Coniston

At the junction of two footpaths, marked with a post, keep straight ahead

The Cumbria Way near Back Guards, Coniston

The path approaches a wood, Back Guards Plantation

The Cumbria Way near Back Guards Plantation, Coniston

Go through the gate into the wood

Back Guards Plantation, Coniston

Follow the broad path through the wood

Back Guards Plantation, Coniston

Go through the gate into the field

Back Guards Plantation, Coniston

Continue to follow the path

The Cumbria Way near Guards Plantation, Coniston

Follow the feint path as it descends gently down the field

The Cumbria Way near Guards Wood, Yewdale

The path approaches a gate

The Cumbria Way near Low Yewdale

Go through the gate


The craggy hill straight ahead is Holme Fell

The Cumbria Way near Low Yewdale

Follow the path down the field

Low Yewdale, Coniston

Go through the gate into the lane

The Cumbria Way near Low Yewdale

Turn left and follow the lane downhill

The Cumbria Way near Low Yewdale

Continue to follow the lane


The rocky fell straight ahead is Yewdale Crag

Low Yewdale, Coniston

The road drops down into Little Langdale towards High Park Farm

The Cumbria Way near Great How

Continue to follow the road

The Cumbria Way near Great How

Follow the road


(The public bridleway leading off to the right signposted Colwith ¾ can be used as a shortcut to rejoin The Cumbria Way near Colwith Bridge)

The Cumbria Way near the Shive of Cheese

The track soon reaches a road junction


Keep straight ahead onto the road opposite

The Cumbria Way, Shive of Cheese

Where the lane turns sharp left over Low Yewdale Bridge, continue straight ahead through the gate onto the footpath signposted to Tarn Hows

Low Yewdale, Coniston

Follow the path around the edge of the field

The Cumbria Way near Low Yewdale, Coniston

Go through the gate at the end of the field

The Cumbria Way, Low Yewdale, Coniston

Follow the path into Tarn Hows Wood, initially beside Yewdale Beck

Tarn Hows Wood

The path soon leaves the beck and starts to climb through the wood

Tarn Hows Wood

Cross a small footbridge

Footbridge in Tarn Hows Wood

The path climbs up through the wood

Tarn Hows Wood

Continue to follow the path

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows Wood

The path continues to climb

Tarn Hows Wood

The path runs alongside a wall

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows Wood

When the path turns to the right, ignore the gate on the left and continue to follow the clear gravelled path


Tarn Hows Cottage is to the left

The Cumbria Way near Tarn Hows Cottage

The path climbs beside an old fence to a gate

The Cumbria Way near Tarn Hows Cottage

Follow the road up the hill beside the wall

The Cumbria Way near Tarn Hows Cottage

The road soon deteriorates into a track

The Cumbria Way near Tarn Hows Cottage

At the end of the track go through the gate

The Cumbria Way near Tarn Hows Cottage

Turn left on to the road, signposted tarn Hows


(Ignore the track dropping away to the left at the junction)

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows Intake

Follow the track that leads away from the main A593 road


The small triangle of land here between the track and the two roads is known as Shive of Cheese

Shive of Cheese

Go through the gate and turn left

The Cumbria Way, Shive of Cheese

The path approaches a gate

The Cumbria Way near Shive of Cheese

Follow the path between the fence and the wall

The Cumbria Way near Oxen Fell High Cross

Cross a small footbridge and go through the gate beyond

The Cumbria Way near Oxen Fell High Cross

Turn immediately right into the wood onto the footpath parallel to the main A593 road

Oxen Fell High Cross

The path drops down to the small dam at the outlet of the tarn


This location is often very busy with tourists

Tarn Hows

Follow the road

Tarn Hows Intake

At the top of the hill, go through the gate beside the cattle grid

Tarn Hows

Pass the entrance to the Tarn Hows Car Park on the right

Tarn Hows

Follow the road to the second entrance to the Tarn Hows Car Park on the right

Tarn Hows

Follow the path past the barrier, opposite the Tarn Hows Car Park entrance

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows

After 30m (35 yds) the path divides into three branches


Take the left hand branch

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows

The path drops downhill towards another path junction

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows

Keep left, then take the path on the right

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows

Cross the dam

Tarn Hows

Follow the wide path beside the tarn

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows

Continue to follow the path


Ignore any small paths branching to the right or left

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows

At the main path junction, turn left away from the tarn onto the narrower path

The Cumbria Way, Tarn Hows

Follow the path through the trees

The Cumbria Way near Tarn Hows

Continue to follow the path

The Cumbria Way near Tarn Hows

The path leads to a gate


Go through the gate

The Cumbria Way near Old Close

Turn left onto a track

The Cumbria Way near Old Close

Follow the track


Caution: This track is popular with off-road vehicles which tend to travel in noisy, polluting convoys of four or five vehicles at a time. The narrowness of the track can make it difficult and unpleasant for walkers here

The Cumbria Way near Stone Chair Hill

The track joins the road to High Arnside

The Cumbria Way near Oxen Fell High Cross

Follow the road downhill to the main A593 road

Oxen Fell High Cross

Cross the main road into the entrance of the minor road opposite


Caution: The A593 is a busy road and visibility is limited

Oxen Fell High Cross