Lake District
circular walk
Torver Common
Coniston Shore

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The majestic and magnificent old man of Coniston, Coniston water the quiet beauty of small tarns and coppice woodland make this gentle walk so enjoyable.

Start your walk from the car park on the A5084, about one mile from Torver towards Ulverston.

Walk to the top corner and climb the style to Kelly Hall tarn, follow the path to Long Moss tarn, then take the path up the hill to the right.

The Herdwick sheep seen roaming this common have been bred in the Lake district for hundreds of years, some say they are native, others that they were washed ashore from a Spanish galleon, part of the armada, which was washed ashore near St Bees in 1588, others suggest they were brought from Scandinavia by invading Viking settlers.

The path goes ahead over a rocky crag to the stone seat, with views down Coniston to the rise of Bethacar moor, across to the forested Caren Crag, and up the lake to Ruskin’s Brantwood, nestling under Craghead, then round to the 2700 foot Old Man of Coniston set between the Coniston fells and Walner Scar, then on to the Dunnerdale Fells.

The path continues through bracken, here and much of the lake district was once covered with trees, the trees were cleared to make pasture for sheep, but now the inedible bracken is taking over.

As the path starts to descend, go through a gully on the right, keeping to the edge if it’s muddy, turn left along a path at the end, then go right entering Torver common wood. This wood was coppiced to supply charcoal for the many iron furnaces that once populated Coniston shore.

Follow any of the pathways that descend to the lake shore.

At the shore turn right and follow the lakeside path, which is part of the Cumbrian Way.

Coniston water was used for water speed record attempts prior to Donald Campbell’s death in January 1967. It now has a 10 mph speed limit and cruising is best enjoyed on the steam yacht Gondola, first launched in 1859, it was recently restored by the National Trust.

The path continues along part of the lakes 5 mile length, until you leave the shore and follow the boundary wall of the common to the road.

Turn right up the hill to return to the car park.

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