GRIZEDALE FOREST, one of the many government forests owned by you for your enjoyment on the East side of Coniston Water. They have a visitor centre over the other side of the forest with information about the forest and bike hire. There are many tracks and paths to walk, sculptures throughout the forest and cycle ways to explore. Take a lovely drive there around the forest to Hawkshead then on to Grizedale or park in a forest car park at the top of Hawkshead Hill or the East side of Coniston Water and do your thing. The National Trust also has 4 car parks East of the Lake situated in lovely broadleaved woodland so pick up some goodies from the Co-op and have a great day.
THE DUDDON VALLEY, is a lovely quiet valley the other side of the Old Man Of Coniston so you need to drive around the mountain range. The road follows the beautiful River Duddon the length of the valley so picnic places to be had or just a mess around in the river. Lots of walks in the forest and on the fells. The valley can also be reached from Coniston by walking over the Walna Scar Road which is now a rough, steep track on the side of the Old Man. At the top of the valley you can take a challenging drive over the Hardknott Pass and visit the remains of the atmospheric Roman Hardknott Fort or choose the Wrynose Pass which drops down into the delightful Little Langdale Valley then joins the road back to Coniston. Hope you picked up some sustenance at the Co-op & had a wonderful day.
THE LANGDALES. Two historic valleys with Lingmoor Fell in the middle. They have seen a stone age axe factory, a Norse Council meeting place, coppermining, gunpowder works, slate quarrying and farming. Most impressive at the head of Great Langdale Valley is the u shaped end of the valley with Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and Langdale Pikes towering above it. Walks are to be had on both valley floors and of course, up into the fells. There is a steep, twisty, narrow road joining the two valleys which, at the top, has parking at Blea Tarn and a little walk alongside it. So, you can go down one valley, over the Blea Tarn road, up the other valley and back to Coniston. Magic.
TILBERTHWAITE. Just a mile out of Coniston turn left and you enter a narrow valley where the road slowly climbs for another mile until suddenly the valley opens up revealing a group of cottages and a farm all going by the name of Tilberthwaite. A wide, sometimes roaring, sometimes gentler beck goes through the valley heading for the lake. There's car parking, walks up the fells and Tilberthwaite Gill, a rock gorge. On the other side of the valley is a road through woodland going to Hodge Close Quarry and associated cottages. There is a lovely walk through woods and recovering quarry tips topped with feathery birch trees. It goes to Little Langdale, across to the Hodge Close road and back to the car park. You'll love it and the snacks you took from the Co-op.
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