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Machell's Coppice Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.5 miles

Trail is currently open

Grizedale walking map


Trail description

Starting at Machell's Coppice car park, this is a short walk with views over Coniston Water and to the Old Man of Coniston.
Spend some time in the landscape that inspired Arthur Ransome's main characters, Dick and Dorothea - the Picts, and Nancy and Peggy - the Martyrs. While on holiday in the Lake District the four friends explored the woodlands and foreshore surrounding Coniston Water. This trail passes through mixed broadleaved woodland, offering fine views over the lake to Ransome's "Mount Kanchenjunga" (in reality The Old Man Of Coniston). Along the way you may discover "The Dogs Home" where the Martyrs hid from their dreadfull Great Aunt, who dressed them in tidy clothes and made them practice the piano.

What do other visitors say?

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Picts and martyrs came to life

Liz Davidson, 7/Sep/2016

I was one of the members of TARS who cleared the floor and the general area around the Dogs Home in 1983 / 84 . On a visit two years ago I was horrified to see the very poor state of the structure ,and feared for its future . I am so pleased that it has been restored in recent months . I would be grateful to know the name of the person who decided to take on the project .

Many thanks, sincerely , Martin Robinson

martin robinson, 9/Aug/2014

We'd been aware for some time that the structure was in need of repair and were keen to restore it. We've been in communication with TARS to find a way of funding the work. The Forestry Commission were in a position this year to allocate funding from our heritage budget and one of our Recreation Rangers, Mark Birchall, arranged for the work to be completed earlier this year.

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Viewpoint
  • Picnic
  • Picnic tables available in Machell's Coppice Car Park
  • Trail (hard)
  • Map availalbe from Grizedale Visitor Centre
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SD336944

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0300 067 4495

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