A public transport adventure around Coniston and Hawkshead which includes the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows with fabulous scenery and attractions throughout.


Itinerary summary

Starting in the attractive village of Coniston, explore the village and nearby Coniston Water before taking the bus to the charming historic village of Hawkshead. Spend some time sampling the delights of the village before catching a bus back towards Coniston. Leave the bus at Hawkshead Hill for a walk to visit the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows where you can walk around the tarn before walking back down the hill to Coniston village.


If you want to visit Coniston Water and Tarn Hows then some walking is required but it’s relatively easy and will allow you to fully appreciate the wonderful surroundings.

This itinerary suggests a few of the best attractions to visit and lists others that you might want to include. It can easily be done in a day, allowing some time to explore attractions at each stop. An example schedule is included along with current prices. 505 bus is daily all year.

The suggested start is Coniston village, but of course it can be started anywhere along the route or done in a different order or you can just do part of the itinerary. An interactive route map is included below.

The itinerary is available for download as a carefully presented PDF document that you can save to your device in case of no WiFi or phone signal.

Bus, boat and train stop locations are given in What3words format, an easy and precise way to navigate if you download the app.

Coniston, Hawkshead & Tarn Hows Itinerary

A carefully presented PDF version of the Itinerary is available for download using this link.

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Itinerary map

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