A large part of this linear walk, Elterwater to Coniston, was my inspiration to create a long-distance walk that celebrates the history of Lakeland. This extended version starting from Grasmere, is now Day 9 of the Lakeland Way, a twelve-day walk that takes you through some of the finest Lake District scenery. Personally, it is the best walk in Lakeland.

It is this ‘Route 34’ entry on the website that will be the beginning of a new format, where I will be doing less writing and researching for all future walking route posts. Now that the Lakeland Way project is well underway, most of my researching time will be spent on the ‘points of interest’ for that website. I will still continue to write local history stories for this website, but my intention is to provide more walking routes with many photos, and quotes from the great man himself, Alfred Wainwright.

A recommended way of making this linear walk achievable, is to park in Ambleside, catch the 555 bus to Grasmere, walk to Coniston, and then catch the 505 bus back to Ambleside.

GPX route: Download
PDF maps: Download

Grasmere > Red Bank Road > The Wyke > Dow Bank > Chapel Stile > Elterwater > Wilson Place > Slater Bridge > Cathedral Cavern > Hodge Close Quarry > Quarry Wood > High Tilberthwaite Farm > Low Tilberthwaite > Penny Rigg Quarries > Tilberthwaite Gill > Moor Quarries > Hole Rake > Coppermines Valley > Coniston