Sunnybank to Coniston via the Cumbria Way Lake Shore Path

Name of walk Sunnybank to Coniston via the Cumbria Way Lake Shore Path
Date of walk 2014-05-05
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather overcast but warm
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Brendan
Parking Lay-by Oxen House Bay

On Bank Holiday Monday Brendan and I decided to walk from Sunnybank on the shores of Coniston Water to Coniston Village and back using the Cumbria Way Lake Shore Path. We parked in the many lay-by spaces on the shore of Coniston Water at Oxen House Bay. From here it is 4.5 miles to Coniston. (There are also about four car spaces at the start of the lake shore path, just below the hill up to the Landrover Garage.) It is a nine mile return journey, nothing too strenuous for five days before the 40 mile Keswick to Barrow walk. The weather was warm enough not to wear a coat, but it was forecast to rain in the afternoon. 1

Crossing the bridge at Sunnybank.

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The route to the lake shore looking towards the route up to Torver Tarn.

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Heading down to Coniston water.

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View from the boat pier.

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Walking through the woodland.

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View south.

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View north.

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Passing one of the lake shore campsites

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Lots of activity on the water.

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Another jetty.

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The Gondola. It has a steam engine. it was built in 1856. Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin from 1872 until his death in 1900, is behind it.

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View to Coniston Old Man.

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Approaching Coniston Hall, built in the 15th century.

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Coniston Sailing Club.

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We sat on a bench and had an ice cream. The left side of Coniston Hall is missing. An internal fireplace is visible.

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Also visible is the en-suite facilities. Now a room with a view!

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Now we head for Coniston village with Yew Crags behind.

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Lots of lambs about.

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We stop for a drink at the Black Bull.

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View up Church Beck towards Yew Crags. The Black Bull on the right.

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We then went to St. Andrew's Church. Built in 1819.

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A good display of bluebells in the church yard.

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The grave of John Ruskin.

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The church yard also had an excellent display of Laburnum flowers.

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Rhododendron

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We head back to the lake shore path.

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Approaching Coniston Hall campsite I make friends with a kid. I have a new lumbar rucksack. No more damp back! It holds 9L, so more than adequate for summer walking. I was thinking of using it for the Keswick to Barrow on Saturday, but as the advanced forecast is for persistent rain, I`m going to have to wear waterproofs, not shower proofs, so I'll need a larger rucksack.

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He has a nibble at my trousers!

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Nanny goats and their kids.

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More bouncing lambs on the lake shore path.

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Heading back through the woodland.

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Nearly back to where the lake shore path starts.

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Time to sit for a few minutes.

The walk takes about four hours, plus the time spent in Coniston Village. The rain held off, but the return journey was quite windy in places. On the way home we had a meal at The Brown Cow in Dalton. On Saturday 10th May I am walking the 40 miles from Keswick to Barrow, in aid of The Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness. Any sponsorship would be gratefully received. My Sponsorship page is: https://www.keswick2barrow.co.uk/sponsor/welcome.asp?ID=10204 Jo.

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