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This guide contains 15 easy-to-follow walks for all abilities in Coniston and Langdale (Lake District). All the walks are under 3 hours and are clearly described alongside OS mapping and information on facilities, parking and highlights. They are set in stunning scenery and can be completed year-round.


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

Would you like to explore the best of Coniston and Langdale? This guidebook covers 15 of the best short walks in the area (between 4.5 and 10.5km), including Coniston Old Man, Tarn Hows, Elterwater, Blea Tarn, Stickle Tarn and the Coppermines Valley.

Cicerone’s Short Walks guides contain everything you need to get outdoors and discover the best of an area. The short walks are perfect if you’re new to walking or looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family.

What sets these guidebooks apart from the rest?

  • Walks under three hours, plus one challenge route
  • Easy to follow with clear route descriptions
  • Facilities, parking and highlights for every route
  • No specialist gear needed, walk all year round
  • Ordnance Survey mapping

Let the adventures begin!

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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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