Distance: Approximately 3.5 miles
Time: Allow an hour direct walk, or two hours with stops and meandering
A visit to the Church House Inn at Torver via the shore of Coniston Water makes for a lovely day out from Coniston village. This is a relaxing walk along flat ground with well maintained paths and beautiful scenery. Walking boots and waterproofs recommended.
From Coniston village, head south towards the Coniston Boating Centre. Follow the footpath signed 'Tover by Lakeshore' that leads south across a field, usually dotted with local Herdwick sheep. Enjoy the stunning mountain scenery to your right including the iconic peak of the Old Man of Coniston.
You'll soon see the silvery waters of Coniston Lake. Wander down to the shore to see the boats at anchor and the resident swans.
Head back to the path and walk on until the four chimneys of 16th Century Coniston Hall come into view. Although not open to visitors, the hall has an interesting exterior and you can buy an icecream or drink from the small shop.
Continue past the hall along the broad path. You'll soon be walking along the lake shore beneath silver birches and twisty old oaks.
The woodland and hills on the opposite shore reflect in the water, which is beautifully mirror-like. You might spot the steam gondola passing by, which cruises from Coniston Pier to the southern end of the lake.
Further along the shore, head inland slightly and follow the sign marked 'Footpath to Torver'. This takes you through a sprawling National Trust campsite.
On the other side of the campsite the path joins what was once part of the Foxfield to Coniston railway line. This is now a broad, evenly surfaced track that is popular with walkers and cyclists.
The route to Torver is clearly signed along the old railway line. Follow it through patches of woodland and fields until you see the pointed knave of the Torver church. The path passes right behind the Church House Inn carpark.
Come inside for a warm welcome, roaring fires and hearty food. Muddy boots and dogs most welcome in our cosy bar and extensive gardens.