Old Rectory Walks - from our front door
While you are staying with us in Coniston you can enjoy many superb walks straight from our front door. And whilst we would always advise fully planning your route and of course taking a guide book, map and compass with you, here are just one or two ideas to set you on your way...
And don't forget, if you tell us the night before we can prepare you a packed lunch to keep you going whilst you stride across the fells the following day.
Lakeshore walk to Coniston
Turn left out of The Old Rectory and after 50 meters turn right down the farm lane when you see the 'Coniston by Lakeshore' footpath sign. Follow the lane through the Hoathwaite Farm campsite to the shore. Turn left and follow the footpath along the shore line and through the Coniston Hall campsite. Continue to follow the footpath until you arrive at the Bluebird Cafe for a well deserved cup of tea. A great family walk.
Campbells footsteps on the Coniston Launch
Turn right out of The Old Rectory and walk along the lane for 400 metres until you reach the gate on your right and the farm lane exactly opposite to your left. Turn left and walk up the lane towards Brackenbarrow Farm, keeping the farm to your left. The well defined path leads you past the farm and down through Torver Common Wood to the lakeside. On reaching the lakeside turn left for 50 metres to reach the Coniston Launch jetty. From here you can take the launch to Brantwood or the Bluebird Cafe, crossing the path of Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 world record attempts and passing the area where Bluebird was recovered in 2001.
Pub to pub - the easy walk...
Turn right out of The Old Rectory and walk along the lane for 400 metres until you reach the gate on your right and the farm lane exactly opposite to your left as above. This time turn right and follow the footpath down and across the field and up the opposite side to the road. Turn left and after 100 metres you will find the Church House Inn on your left and after another 100 meters the Wilson Arms on your right. Both of these wonderful country pubs are famous for their pub lunches and real ale. What could be better!
Pub to Pub - the other way...
To really earn your pub lunch follow the directions past Brackenbarrow Farm to the Coniston Launch but then turn right at the Lakeside and follow the scenic footpath for a mile to the road. Carefully cross the road and follow the footpath up and round Torver Common past the disused resevoir and converted watermill up to the Wilson Arms. A great walk and you've earned your lunch too. Walk back to The Old Rectory by reversing the 'Pub to Pub - and easy walk...'
The Old Man - a long day
From our guest house there are many ways to climb the Old Man of Coniston. A favourite is to walk to the Coniston Launch jetty past Brackenbarrow Farm and take the first boat of the day to the Bluebird Cafe and ascend via the Sun Inn, Dixon Ground and the Coniston Coppermines, passing them on your right. At the top of the Old Man you effectively bear left following the footpaths and walk back passing Goats Water on your right, past the disused quarries and following Torver Beck, again finishing off for a well earned drink at the Church House Inn or the Wilson Arms. For a difficult walk such as this you must be properly prepared - and don't forget to order your packed lunch the day before.
Prepare for your walk properly
Whilst we have briefly outlined a small number of popular Old Rectory walks above, we strongly advise you take with you a compass, the appropriate walking book to give you the full information and an Ordnance Survey Explorer OL6 1:25,000 scale map. You will also need good walking boots and the appropriate waterproof clothing and if climbing the Old Man or indeed walking in the winter a pair of waterproof gloves, a hat and a waterproof torch is a must. If there is anything you are missing you can find pretty much everything you will need in Coniston Village.
Remember - prepare properly, plan your route properly and enjoy you day.