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Paddy Dillon has chosen 15 of the best short walks around Coniston and Langdale. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on beauty spots and refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


Best walking conditions are in spring, summer and autumn. In winter, short days, bad weather or snow and ice cover can make some walks difficult. Climbing the Old Man should be avoided in winter.


Coniston, Hawkshead, Elterwater, Chapel Stile, New and Old Dungeon Ghyll


Mostly easy walking requiring no special equipment. However, there are some short, steep ascents and descents, which might be rocky or stony, where more care is needed. The ascent of the Old Man is steep, stony and prolonged and should only be attempted in good weather.

Must See

Coniston Water, Coniston Coppermines, other mines and slate quarries, Old Man of Coniston, Tarn Hows, Hawkshead, Elterwater, Little Langdale, Great Langdale, Stickle Tarn, Blea Tarn
29 Jan 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x .60cm

15 of the best short walks in the southwestern Lake District around Coniston and Langdale. Our guidebook comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps and clear route descriptions, and with no complicated navigation or challenging terrain, these walks can be enjoyed by everyone.

  • Easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route descriptions and lots of images 
  • Includes Coniston Old Man, Tarn Hows, Elterwater, Blea Tarn, Stickle Tarn and the Coppermines Valley
  • Most walks are under 4 hours in duration
  • All routes bar one are accessible by public transport
  • Information on local beauty spots and refreshment stops
  • GPX files available for download

Table of Contents
Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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