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Coachman's House, Coniston, Tarn Hows



Coachman's House is ideally located for those that love walking. The village of Coniston is the heart of The Lake District not only making it easy 

to access all areas of the Lakes, but is home to some fantastic walks just minutes from the door. At the house there are ordnance survey maps covering the whole of The Lake District and various walking guides that we hope you will find helpful. Below you will find a few local favourites but we also recommend a casual stroll through the village and down to Coniston Lake which is just a 10 to 15 minute walk from the house.

The Old Man of Coniston

Starts | Coachman's House, Coniston

Approx 5 miles | 3-4 hours


Turn left out of the drive and after a few steps you are on the fell side on the route up to the Old Man of Coniston

Coppermines trail. 

Tarn Hows

Starts | Coachman's House, Coniston

Approx 2 miles  


Next to the house you will find a bridleway and footpath which leads to Tarn How's via Tom Gill waterfall. An easy walk with spectacular views over Coniston hills and Langdale Pike. 

Coniston to Torver Jetty

Starts | Coniston Boating Centre

Approx 4.3 miles or 2.2 miles

A 7km walk along the shoreline of Coniston Water. For those that prefer a shorter walk, get the return boat from Torver Jetty. The boat centre is approx 1 mile from the house.


Hodge Close

Starts | Hodge Close, Coniston, LA21 8DJ 

Approx 3 miles | 2 hours  

This moderate walk starts approximately 4 miles from the house and offers views of many fells including Lingmoor, Bowfell and the pike of Blisco. The Quarry is not to be missed and if you are feeling adventurous you can walk the extra 4 miles each way from the Bridleway next to the house.

Post Knott, Windermere

Starts | St Martin's Place, Bowness, LA23 3AS

Approx 1.5 miles | 1 hour  

A short but steep walk will reward you with spectacular views of Windermere and the stunning central fells of the Lake District, with plenty of resting places and picnic sites.

Borger Dalr Geology Walk

Starts | Borrowdale (30 miles from Coniston)

Approx 4 miles | 3 hours


Fell walker Alfred Wainwright has described this as 'the finest mile in lakeland." A four mile walk takes you from Grange to Castle Crag with amazing views of the valley.

Mountain Biking

If you would like to do some cross country mountain bike riding let us know and we would be happy to suggest some routes. There is secure bike storage at Coachman's House and rides available from the house so there is no need to drive if you don’t want to! There is a MTB guide at the house covering the Lakes. Grizedale and of course Whinlatter are worth a visit. There are some great bike shops in the locality at Ulverston, Grizedale, Ambleside, Wheelbase at Stavely Mill Yard and Whinlatter.


Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ


For bike hire including electric bikes, trails for the family and trails for the more serious

MTB rider head to Grizedale. Full service workshop, walking trails for the family, children’s playground and cafe. 

Road Biking

Visit Bike Treks new store at Ings and of course Wheelbase mentioned above.

Tuition | Guided Rides

For tuition and guided rides try Cycle Active.

Balloon Rides

Pendle and Cumbria Balloon Flights, Brook Farm, Clayton-Le-Dale, BB1 9EX

72.9 miles


An amazing experience offering a unique bird’s eye view of the stunning local landscape. 


Honister Pass, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5XN


Via Ferrata at Honister Climbing made easy secured to the mountain by cable throughout on the Via Ferrata or 

underground down the slate mine.

Outdoor Adventures

Homescales Activity Centre, Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0NB

32.3 miles


From quad biking, tank driving, paint balling and clay pigeon shooting to dry stone walling, lots of outdoor adventure to be had! 

River Deep Mountain High

Lowick Old School, Nr Ulverston, LA12 8EB


This activity centre includes kayaking, canoeing, sailing and gorge walking based in Lowick, near Coniston.


Brockhole on Windermere, Windermere, LA23 1LJ


Brockhole located on Windermere includes Treetop Trek for adults and children, house

and gardens.

Outdoor Forest Adventure

Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, LA22 0QJ


Enjoy the Go Ape experience, a 2-3 hour tree top adventure including zip-wires, tarzan swing and aerial climbing. Also a walking and mountain biking trail centre. 

Horse Riding

Bigland Hall Riding Centre, Bigland Hall, Back Borrow, Cumbria, LA12 8PB

15 miles


Hill top equestrian centre in the picturesque Levens valley, a 30 minute drive away.

Heavy Horse Riding

Baystone Bank Farm, Whicham Vallery, Nr Millom, LA18 5LY


The Uk’s only specialised heavy horse riding centre using manificent Clydedale, Shire and

Ardennes heavy horse breeds for riding.


9.8 miles

The Lake District is a magically beautiful region of high peaks, open fells, lakes and sparkling rivers that offers some tremendous fishing amidst scenery that is both spectacular and intimate. 

Lakeside Spa

Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8AT

11.9 miles


Relax and pamper yourself with a day of indulgence at Lakeside Spa on Lake Windermere. From a dip in the pool to a massage or facial, this calming environment is conducive to slipping into holiday mode.

Racquet Sports

Parklands Country Club, Kendal Road, Bowness, Windermere, LA23 3EP

13.3 miles


From squash to badminton, yoga and aerobics, if you want to stay healthy during your stay there are lots of options here. 


Windermere Golf Club, Cleabarrow, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NB

14.9 miles

Windermere Golf Club in the heart of the English Lake District – a “mini-Gleneagles” with fantastic views over the surrounding lakes and fells.

Paddle Boards

Coniston Boating Centre, Lake Road, Coniston, LA21 8EW


For paddle boards, rowing boats, kayaks, canoes and motor boat hire in Coniston at the Lake.


OB Sailing, Ferry Road, Ferry Nab, Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3JH

14 miles

Situated on Windermere, from have-a-go sessions to chartering your own boat, a stunning setting for an on-the-water day out.

Coachman's House, Coniston, Lake District, National Park
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