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Explore the tranquil scenery of Coniston and the inspiring Southern Fells

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

The southern fells of the Lake District are centered around the Old Man of Coniston and its surrounding peaks, a landscape full of wonder and the perfect place for a weekend away with a friendly bunch of fellow wanderers.

There are high mountain lakes, streams crashing through the woodland, and of course the great Coniston Water itself, a ribbon lake stretching away from the town and surrounded by miles of walking trails.

Join us for a sociable guided walking weekend to discover this special part of the Lake District. We’ll be based in a hostel near the village of Coniston and close to a whole range of walking trails, perfect for getting into the outdoors and experiencing the landscapes that make the Lake District a world-famous walking destination.


In a nutshell:

  • Head out on two guided walks into the hills around Coniston, with the aim being to enjoy the scenery and explore the local area.
  • Relax in our cosy hostel and enjoy freshly prepared food.
  • Discover what makes the Lake District so special, from the solitude of the hills to the clarity of the night sky.
  • Make some great new friends and share a drink together as you re-live the day’s adventures.



About the location

The Lake District National Park

The mountains and lakes that collectively make up the Lake District National Park are a walkers’ paradise. Home to England’s highest peak and her deepest lake, there are hundreds of other hills (or ‘fells’) that would take a lifetime to fully discover. The valleys, woodlands and lake shores each have their own histories and walks, and altogether it’s easy to see why this is seen as Britain’s outdoor capital. Alongside the mountains, the history of sheep farming, literature and conservation make the Lake District a place central to our understanding and appreciation of the countryside.



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You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be preparing dinner. Grab a hot drink and meet your fellow walking companions, and you’ll soon settle into the relaxing atmosphere of the Lake District.


This morning it’s time to head out on our guided day walks.

Possible options we’ll consider are:

  • The Old Man of Coniston

    Heading up into the high hills around Coniston, we’ll walk up the Old Man Of Coniston, past the copper mines and the high lake of Low Water. After admiring the views over Morecambe Bay in the south, we’ll head north along a high wide ridge to Swirl How and then follow it round to Wetherlam before descending back down to Coniston. This is an excellent day for those of you who want a real adventure in the hills.


  • Little Arrow Moor and Coniston Water

    A gentler day, we’ll walk up onto the moors that surround the great peak of the Old Man of Coniston and admire this stunning mountain before following tracks down to the tranquil lakeside of Coniston Water itself. Here we can enjoy the last few miles through beech woodlands as the path takes us back to town.


  • Other options

    There are several options for other walks that don’t require any driving. We could venture up to one of the mountain lakes, such as Goat’s Water or Levers Water, and continue from there to a nearby peak, potentially Dow Crag or Swirl How. There are also a nice set of low rolling fells we could wander over just to the north of Coniston, where we’d be almost guaranteed solitude!

The walk will aim to get back in the mid-afternoon, allowing you time to freshen up and enjoy the evening, with a glass of wine or a cup of tea and the great feeling in your legs from a full day out! Dinner is usually between 7-8pm.



How many walk options are offered?

On each of our weekends we aim to offer two or more walk options each day, so you have a choice of a harder or easier day out. However, this is not always possible. On weekends where there is a small group, instead of cancelling the weekend, we will all head out on the same walk. This walk will be planned so that everyone can have a good day out, with the aim being a social group exploration of the local countryside.


After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. Today we’ll be heading out for the morning, taking around 3 hours to see more of the area, with a different theme to the previous day. We’ll finish the walk somewhere we can all get lunch before the weekend comes to an end.

Possible walk options include:

  • Tarn Hows

    Heading out from Coniston, we’ll follow the Cumbria Way to the beautiful lake of Tarn Hows, a National Trust property nestled in the trees to the north of the town. We’ll walk a circuit of the lake before heading back to Coniston for lunch. This will probably be the shorter walk, finishing for 12-1pm.

  • Pike of Blisco

    Standing over the southern edge of Langdale, we’ll walk up the Pike of Blisco from Blea Tarn, admiring the views over Bow Fell and Oxendale before traversing to a second summit, Cold Fell. From here we descend to Oxendale before wandering along the valley and heading back up to Blea Tarn.

Whatever walks we end up on, we hope you’ll head home with a new-found love for the southern fells of the Lake District, different in character from the other landscapes of the Lakes and rife with opportunities for further adventures.



Our Base:

For the 16-18 November trip we are offering a free minibus collection to/from Oxenholme station, which is on the main London-Glasgow line. Please see below for more details.

Without doubt one of our favourite hostels, we’ll be staying in the remote and beautiful Coniston Coppermines YHA, a hostel right up in the hills where you can get a true taste of the wilder side of the Lake District.



Friends of the Lake DistrictVenue Address:

Coniston Coppermines YHA,
LA21 8HP

Travel options for our Coniston Weekend:

Travelling by car:

From Coniston village, take the road between the Black Bull Pub and Co-op. The road becomes an uneven track, climbing steadily then levelling – distance 1.25 miles.

Travelling by train:

For the 16-18 November weekend we are offering a free pick-up/drop-off at Oxenholme station. The pick up on Friday will be at 3pm, and the drop-off on Sunday will also be around 3pm. This must be booked in advance, and this can be done on this page (please see the box on the side to book).

Travel Warnings:

This venue is along a gravel track, after turning off between the Co-op and the Black Bull Inn, the main tarmacked road runs out and the remaining route is along a narrow gravel track.  This always feels a lot longer than it is, after a long straight section there is a left turn and the hostel is on the right.

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Coniston Coppermines YHA, Coniston,
LA21 8HP
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What our members have to say...

  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
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