Okay, so your weathered leather boots are securely on over your thick hiking socks, your waterproofs are aired out and now decorate your go-getter body, your trusty wools are hibernating in your rucksack (just in case) and your colossal packed lunch is all good to go. The tribe has been counted and you head out to face the world of Coniston, but what is the brief? Where to amble? The best course of action is perhaps to tackle The Old Man of Coniston itself, which is quite literally on your doorstep at Holmthwaite. This Wainwright Mountain is within the Furness Fells of the village and at 2,634 feet it promises astonishing views of the village and beyond. Climb through old quarries, as you take your time and explore the industrial archaeology. Ignite your soul and be a part of nature and appreciate that sweet Englishness that is in your veins. Once the summit is tackled, nestle by the rocks, pull out your picnic rug and enjoy a steaming flask of soup and your self-titled famous cheese and pickle sandwiches.
With a short drive to Grizedale, you will soon aware that the landscape envelopes around you and you are pleasantly surrounded by the sheer magnitude of the forest. Amongst the towering beech trees is comforting shelter that offers up a relaxing walk for all levels of ambling. You can go with your gut instinct or select a trail from the information point for inspiration. Machell’s Coppice Trail is every reader’s choice to spend time on, as this is where Arthur Ransome first created his fictional characters for his famed children’s novel. For your picnic stop, pick a quiet spot ad open up your mind to the wildlife unravelling around you as you delve into those homemade treats.
Lowland lake walks are sometimes just the tonic for dusting down those late-night cobwebs and feeling human once more. Or perhaps you have buggies in tow and need a smooth terrain walk to soothe those tired tantrums. Although low, these walks do not sacrifice on views, as you will see all Coniston has to offer by the shoreline. You might want to combine your walk with little trips on the boats and grab a bite to eat at the scrumptious Jumping Jenny restaurant on the way back. A lovely way to spend your day, when you want a rest from the hills and give your weary trekking legs a break.
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