Coniston is blessed with an extensive network of old bridleways and newly created cycle paths. They extend along the valley ﬂoor into the woods of Yewdale and also through the low fells and woods on the western side of Coniston Water.
These routes are ideal for exploration on mountain bikes, and make good ﬁ rst outings for beginners as they are mostly on easy angled gravel tracks.
Two loops radiate out from the centre of Coniston village and can be tackled individually or together depending on how much energy and time you have.
Mountain Bike Around Coniston Water
Start/Finish: Coniston Car Park GR SD303975
Distance: 13.2km (8.2 miles)
Time: 3-4 hours
Height Gain: 200 metres
Valley roads, cycle tracks, lakeside tracks and farm access tracks.
OS Landranger 90 & 98 (1:50 000), OS Explorer OL6 & OL7 (1:25 000), Harveys’ Superwalker (1:25 000Southern Lakeland,
British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40 000)
Turn L out of the car park and head to the junction opposite the Black Bull. Crossover and turn L by the pub. Follow the lane to the end of the tarmac and turn R to join the cycle-path, which is followed through woodland for 1.2km to an access point by the A593.
Cross the A593 to join the bridleway to Low Yewdale. The bridleway is followed past the farm and over Yewdale Beck. It
climbs slightly then descends past Boon Crag Farm and joins the B5285.
Turn R on to the B5285 then join the cycle-path on its W side. Join it and follow it back to Coniston.
To start the southern loop of the ride follow the A593 for 1.25km to the bridge over the old railway track bed at Park Gate. Turn L oﬀ the road and take the cycle-path S past the caravan/camp site for 1.9km to join a minor road at an old railway bridge.
Turn L over the bridge, then turn L again to follow the access track NE to Hoathwaite Farm. Pass the farm and continue NE along the track towards Coniston Water. Near the lakeshore ignore the path and track on the R instead skirt L and head N near the side of the lake and follow the access track through the campsite to Coniston Hall.
At Coniston Hall follow the track N for 100m to pick-up the cyclepath on the R. Follow the cycle-path for about 1km to join Lake Road, which is followed to Coniston.
The mystery of the coin trees…it's thought these stumps with coins stuck in are ‘wishing trees’ much like throwing a coin in a fountain for good luck. One can be found at Tarn Hows, there are many others around the Lakes and some in Britain date back to the 1700s!