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Exploring Coniston with Little Legs: 4 Family-Friendly Miles Without Stiles Walks

Coniston, nestled in the heart of the Lake District, is a haven for walkers of all abilities. But what if you’re exploring with little ones in tow? Stiles and steep inclines can quickly turn a scenic stroll into a frustrating scramble. Here’s where the “Miles Without Stiles” routes come in! These fantastic paths are designed to be accessible for everyone, including families with young children, prams, and wheelchairs.

Lace up your walking boots (or wellies for the little ones) and get ready to discover four fantastic family-friendly walks around Coniston, all courtesy of the “Miles Without Stiles” initiative:

1.Tarn Hows Loop: A scenic spectacle (3.2km loop)

This easy circular route is a must-do for families visiting Coniston. The well-maintained path takes you around the entirety of Tarn Hows, a stunning man-made lake. The picturesque scenery includes breathtaking views of the surrounding fells. Watch out for ducks and Belted Galloway Cows as you make your way around the tarn.


2.High Yewdale: A Woodland Adventure (2.5km each way)

Head into the heart of the Lake District with a visit to High Yewdale. This route winds through idyllic woodland, perfect for a spot of nature exploration. Keep an eye out for bluebells during the spring and listen for birdsong as you follow the accessible paths. The walk leads you to Yewtree Farm which was used as a location in the 2006 film Miss Potter. 


3.Monk Coniston: A Tranquil Escape (2km each way)

This hidden gem offers a taste of tranquility just outside the village. The gentle path follows a tree lined path, leading you to the head of Coniston Water. Let the kids loose to explore the woodland surroundings and enjoy the peacefulness of this scenic spot. Pack a picnic and make a day of it, building dens or skimming stones on the water’s surface.


4.Coniston Village to Torver Jetty: A Lakeside Adventure (3.5km each way)

This delightful route follows the picturesque shoreline of Coniston Water. Stroll along the smooth paths, taking in stunning views of the Old Man of Coniston towering over the village. Keep an eye out for Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, and spot the wooded slopes across the lake. The walk is a lovely 7km round trip, but if little legs get tired, you can always hop on a Coniston Launch boat back from Torver Jetty for a relaxing return journey.


Top Tips for Family Walks:

By following these “Miles Without Stiles” routes, you can create lasting memories with your family, exploring the magic of Coniston at a gentle pace. So, lace up your boots, grab your little ones, and get ready for a fantastic Lake District adventure!

Why not base yourself in one of our cosy cottages, the perfect place for the whole family to relax after a day of adventure.

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