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Coniston Village
Coniston Water
Coppermines Valley
Donald Campbell
Glen Mary
Grizedale Forest
Hodge Close
John Ruskin
Kelly Hall Tarn
Levers Water
Long Moss Tarn
Old Man of Coniston
Rose Castle Tarn
Ruskin Museum
Steam Yacht

Tarn Hows
Wharton Tarn
Yew Tree Tarn




Yewdale, once part of the Monk Coniston estate, and bounded by steep, craggy fells, offers the visitor some stunning scenery. Yewdale lies in the upper section of the valley occupied by Coniston Water, the road from Coniston village to Ambleside traverses the valley.

Autumn in Yewdale. Click to enlarge


Yewdale Beck flows through the valley, on its journey down to Coniston Water. It issues from Tilberthwaite Gill, much visited in the Victorian era, when its narrow gorge was equiped with ladders and balconies for visitors. The gill can be accessed via a signposted lane leaving the main road through the dale.

A walk through Glen Mary, via a path which follows the course of Tom Ghyll, a mountain stream which plunges and cascades down a series of waterfalls, leads the visitor to breathtaking Tarn Hows, one of the most photographed spots in the Lake Distict.

Yew Tree Tarn. Click to enlarge

yewtree tarn
yewtree tarn

Beautiful Yewtree Tarn, dominated by a clump of ancient yews, is one of the most easily accessed of Lakeland Tarns.

Yew Tree Farm

Nearby Yew Tree Farm is well worth a visit. The building boasts a picturesque spinning gallery along the front of its old barn, which was used for drying wool. Such galleries are now extremely rare. The farm was once owned by Beatrix Potter, who purchased it as part of the Monk Coniston estate in 1929 and left it to the National Trust on her death.

Seventeenth century Yew Tree Farm

yew tree farm

The farm, which has tea rooms, dates from the seventeenth century. It was named for a Yew tree that was 700 years old when it was felled in 1896.

The spinning gallery

Yew Tree Farm Spinning Gallery

Yew Tree Farm, the farmhouse

yewtree farm