is there plenty of parking around this area. looks like a day trip for me.
Not so much at the end (and pay/display iirc). But there are places around and cyclepaths/beach to the start point. One being on the start of the road to the east side of the lake. Not sure of winter prices but sometimes it's free.
Also there is the main central Coniston carpark. No idea of prices and road side parking of course.
Quick cycle and flat to the start.
2/3/1 on this map in the order I mention them.
1 = main central carpark
2 = starthttp://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/coniston/
The best place to park is the at the car park on Lake Road, ie where the ride starts and finishes.
There is the Cafe and some public toilets which are clean and large enough to get changed in should you wish.
There's a Google street view link here
, should you want to have a virtual look around. Not sure on parking charges, but there is some free parking on the road itself.
It's almost as though we've thought about where to start in advance...
The car park over the wall is #2 in the link above. I think that picture is before the refurb after the floods. (was being done last summer)
Car park in that walled bit with toilets is
Type: Pay and Display, Not covered
Payments accepted: Coins, Notes, Cards, Pay-by-mobile
Pay-by-mobile: PayByPhone/Verrus users can pay by calling 01539 231 231 (location id 7254)
Height restrictions: None
(free outside these hours)
£3.00 / 2 hours
£5.00 / 4 hours
£7.00 / 12 hours
£28.00 / week
£175.00 / year
Last updated: Jul 2011
But someone will know if there are seasons and this years prices.
The part this side of the wall, iirc is/was free. Though in summer filled up very quickly