Coniston FAQs

F.A.Q’s – Our Yurts

How many does each Yurt sleep?

Our Yurts at Moss Side Farm can comfortably accommodate six people. Each has a double futon and four singles. During day the futons can be folded away in the day to make a pleasant seating area. All the beds come with freshly laundered, sheets, duvets and pillow.

Is a Yurt holiday suitable for children?

Yes, a yurt holiday is ideal for children, it’s fun, different and above all exciting. There’s also loads of things to do both in the surrounding area and beyond.

Will I be warm enough?

Yes the yurts are fully equipped with a 4 KW wood burning stove which will keep you all cosy and warm. We provide one large basket of seasoned hardwood, kindling, and firelighters upon arrival. Further baskets of wood/kindling are available for sale on site.

Is the Yurt waterproof?

Yes the yurts are covered with a tough waterproof canvas layer which keep out the worst the Lake District weather can throw at it.

What are the check In-Out times

Guests can check in anytime after 4pm and check out is by 10am on the day of departure.

Are the yurts secure?

Yes the yurts have lockable doors. However please be aware that they are located on a campsite which is accessible to all. Long Valley Yurts takes no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred during your stay.

Do we need to bring bedding?

No all your bedding is provided. Each yurt comes with freshly laundered sheets, pillow and duvets. Please note; beds are made up for the number of occupants shown on the booking confirmation.

Can we bring our pet?

Yes, we have a pet friendly yurt at Moss Side Farm. The cost is £5 per pet per night up to a maximum of two pets per yurt. We will provide the following;

  • Towel to dry off dogs (1 towel per dog)
  • Throws – Please note soft furnishings will be changed in dog friendly yurts so may appear different than what we show in images on the website.

Moss Side Farm campsite is a wonderful place to bring your pet. Please note the following:

  • Whilst on site pets must be kept on a lead at all times
  • You must ALWAYS clean up after your dog/s
  • Your dog must be vaccinated, preferably chipped and not be on the dangerous dogs list.

Please remember your pet is your responsibility and must be under your control at all times for the happiness and safety of everyone, including your dog too. Please read the terms and conditions with regard to booking your pet in to stay with us before booking.

Should you wish to bring your pet and the dog friendly yurt is not available then they are still welcome however we do not allow them inside the yurts that are not dog friendly I’m afraid. Previous guests have still brought their dog along but also brought along a dog bed and had the dog sleep in the car which can be parked close to the Yurts. Alternatively they have brought along a portable kennel which they have placed outside the door of the Yurt.

What do we need to bring with us?

We have tried to provide everything you might need to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. However there are a few things that you will need to bring from home.

  • We do not provide towels or tea towels
  • The Yurts do not have any refrigeration system we advise you bring a cool box with cool bricks. Cool bricks can be re-frozen on site
  • A torch to find your way at night. It can get extremely dark especially when there is no moon to light your way.
  • While the Yurts do come fully equipped with a wood burning stove and duvets it can still get cold at night so if you feel the cold bring along a couple of extra blankets just in case.
  • Slippers, an absolute must for keeping the inside of the Yurt clean and your feet warm.
  • If you have them onesies are brilliant for the kids at night.

In addition we advise you bring suitable cloths and footwear for all conditions, the weather can be somewhat un-predictable.

Here is a downloadable list of everything we provide.

What’s the weather going to do?

The Lake District weather is every changeable, when its good there is no better place to be. When its not so good it can be pretty bad. While the yurts do have a log burning stove which keeps them toasty and warm it is still well worth bringing some extra layers, thermals and waterproofs and extra blankets just in case.

What is there to do?

The simple answer is everything, and nothing. Whatever type of break you are looking for there is something here for everyone. The Lake District has a lot to offer. Whether it’s exploring the hills, valleys and lakes on foot, taking photographs, reading, writing, or for the more adventurous, climbing, canoeing, wild swimming and mountain biking, it’s all here. However, if you choose to do nothing but just sit back, relax and enjoy being in a truly magical setting away from all the hustle and bustle of modern day life then that’s definitely available too.

There is a file in each of our yurts which gives you a comprehensive guide to what’s on in the Lakes and other visitor attractions for all ages. We have also included a list of Long Valley Yurts hot spots and recommendations of places we really like. We hope you will too. See the ‘Things to do section’ on website for more information

Long Valley Yurts also provide Outdoor Activities and Bushcraft courses which are available nearby. Please see the ‘Things to do section’ of the website for more information.

Where is the nearest food shop?

Booths supermarket is the nearest to the site located in Ulverston (9 miles). An award winning butchers and bakery stocking basic essentials can be found inn the village of Broughton (2 miles). There is also a CoOp, another great bakery and butchers in Coniston (8 miles). A great opportunity to shop locally, support the community and enjoy some of the delights Cumbria food producers have to offer.

Fresh eggs also available on site.

Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?

The nearest pub is a short walk from the site (2 miles) in the village of Broughton-in-Furness. The village has three great pubs to choose from;

The Manor Arms  https://manorarmsthesquare.co.uk/

The Black Cock Inn – https://www.theblackcockinnbroughton.co.uk/

The Old Kings Head – https://oldkingsheadbroughton.co.uk/

They all offer a good selection of local ales, god food and a warm welcome.

A 30 minute walk (2 miles) over the hill from the site in the other direction is the highly recommended and simply superb Blacksmiths Arms in Broughton Mills (https://www.theblacksmithsarms.com/). Open fire, traditional Lakeland pub, a good selection of local ales – booking essential.

Further afield but just a 20 minute drive up the stunning beautiful and unspoilt Duddon Valley is the Newfield Inn (http://www.newfieldinn.co.uk/). Good pub grub, beer garden, traditional Lakeland pub, good selection of local ales

The village of Torver (4 miles) has two great pubs to choose from as well as a well stocked deli. Coniston (8 miles) has an array of fantastic pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Here’s a list of a few to choose from;

Steam Bistro – Coniston – http://www.steambistro.co.uk/ – Booking essential

The Ship Inn  – Coniston – https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/shipinnconiston

The Sun Inn – Coniston – http://www.thesunconiston.com/

The Black Bull – Coniston – http://www.blackbullconiston.co.uk/

The Yewdale Inn – Coniston – http://yewdaleinn.com/

The Crown Inn – Coniston – https://www.crowninnconiston.com/

The Church House Inn – Torver – https://www.thechurchhouseinn.com/

The Wilsons Arms  -Torver – http://www.thewilsonsarms.co.uk/

Where is the nearest bank?

The nearest cash machines are in the post office in the village of Broughton (2 miles).

Where is the nearest town or village?

Broughton-in-Furness village (2 miles) is a just a 30 minute walk down the old railway line. An ideal place for a pint, meal out or stock up on some provisions at the wonderful bakery or butchers.

In the other direction is Torver (4 miles) a small village boasting two pubs and a deli. A little further but still just 8 minutes away from the site is the beautiful Lakeland village of Coniston, packed full of pubs, cafes, restaurants and an array of tourist activities.

Where is the nearest bus stop?

There is a bus stop in the village at Broughton-in-Furness which is 2 miles from Moss Side Farm.

For more information on timetables etc please see;

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/transport/publictransport/busserv/timetables/clr/transportmaps.asp

Where is the nearest Train Station?

The nearest train station is in Kirkby-in-Furness (5 miles).

How safe is it to walk on the fells?


Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells or alternatively go to the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team website.

Where are some good walks for families?

Moss Side Farm makes a great base for the ascent of Scafell Pike and the lesser visited fells of the western Lake District. If it’s Wainright bagging or you are just keen walkers looking to take some time out in the mountains then Moss Side Farm is a great location.

The 2 hour walk up Black Combe is well worth the effort (start 7 mils from Moss Side Farm). The views from the summit offer an unusual panorama of the Lake District and out to the Irish Sea. Set in the furthest, south west corner of the National Park, a little remote from the main fells and close to the sea, it can escape inclement weather affecting other fells. Even many regular Lake District visitors have never heard of Black Combe and the plus point therefore is that even at peak times, you can have at least much of this walk to yourself.

A short drive away (8 miles to start) and an absolute must is the walk up the Old Man of Coniston. At 803m it is the highest peak in the Furness Fells and one of the most popular destinations for walking in the Lake District. Get an early start and have the summit to yourself. A more challenging day but worth the effort with views extending over the village of Coniston and across the whole length of the Coniston Water. There are a number of routes up, some more challenging than others but something for everyone.

For the more adventurous and those wishing to bag some of the larger Lake District peaks then you have the entire Lake District within easy reach from here including a quick route out to the lesser visited western fells of the national park.

A must during your stay and just a short stroll from the site is to the village of Broughton-in-Furness for a pint in one of the three pubs in the village. Have fun making your way down the old railway line and through the woods. Take a torch if you think you may get waylaid in the pub!

A sort 30 minute walk over the hill the other way and you reach the simply fabulous Blacksmiths Arms. Not changed for centuries this idyllic Lakeland pub with original beams, slate floors and log fires also offers a selection of local ales and fantastic food. Booking is essential.

A map is advisable and the routes too numerous to outline here. Please refer to www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk for further ideas and advice or www.lakedistrictwalks.com Maps and guides can be obtained from various shops around the area or better still plan your tick list before you come.Can we go fishing nearby?

You can fish for free at many Lake District locations, such as Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston Water. In Coniston Water you can find perch, pike, trout and charr and fish for free. While not as densely populated as Windermere or Ullswater, Coniston Water is still a great place for fishing and there are reports of fish from this lake weighing up to 20 lbs every year.

For more information and where to get permits etc see; https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/water/fishing

Are there laundry facilities?

No.

What places are there to visit nearby?

Off the beaten track and well away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life Moss Side Farm is an ideal place to relax. If however you can make the effort to leave the relaxed pace of yurt living and the stunning surroundings of the site there is much to see and do both on foot or a short drive away. Offering easy access to the lesser visited but stunningly beautiful and wild beaches and western fells of the Lake District. A short drive to the south Lakes and Coniston makes Moss Side Farm a truly unique destination for your holiday.

A short drive (2miles) or short walk (30 minutes) from the site you will find the pretty market town of Broughton-in-Furness. With three excellent pubs, an award winning bakery, butchers and superb café on the main square it has everything you need.

Only a short drive away (8 miles) is the beautiful village of Coniston. In around Coniston there’s something here for everyone. Hike up the iconic ‘Old Man of Coniston’, walk the shoreline path, take a dip, rain or shine, picnic on the beautiful east side of the Lake, hire a canoe or take the Gondola or launch up the entire length of the Lake jumping off to explore where the mood takes you. If that’s not enough hire a bike and cycle around the entire Lake stopping off for a swim or at the ‘Swallows & Amazons’ café to re-fuel on route. On it’s day you won’t want to be anywhere else!

The following is a list of just a few of the trips and excursions in the Coniston area;

Boat/Bike Hire – Coniston boating centre – https://www.conistonboatingcentre.co.uk

The Coniston Launch – https://www.conistonlaunch.co.uk/

Steam Yacht Gondola – https://www.conistonlaunch.co.uk/

The Ruskin Museum – http://www.ruskinmuseum.com/

John Ruskins Home – http://www.brantwood.org.uk/

Further afield, it’s our closest site to the start point of the walk up England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike and access to the wild, beautiful and quieter western fells. Just to the north of the site is the unspoilt and wild Duddon Valley. The River Duddon makes for some excellent wild swimming and lovely picnic pots. See our ‘What’s Cool’ page (https://luxury-yurt-holidays.co.uk/things-to-do/outdoor-activities-in-cumbria/) for some pointers on where to go. Some good family walks off the beaten track here too.

Just 15 minutes drive from Moss Side Farm are the stunning beaches of Silecroft and Haverigg. Unassuming, wild and with sweeping views across the Irish sea and back taking in the whole of the Lake District panorama it really is a stunning place to visit. Climb Back Combe (approx. 2 hours) for stunning views of the both the Lake District and sea and enjoy an ice cream on the beach for your efforts!

If that’s not enough Muncaster Castle (30 mins) is an absolute must. An ideal family day out, their ‘Raptor Experience’ is simply amazing and the Castle gardens and grounds make for a great day out. If you grow up in Cumbria then The ‘Laal Ratty’ a miniature steam train which runs from Eskdale to Ravenglass and is a right of passage and a brilliant, fun day out for any visitor to Moss Side Farm. Severn miles of track running from Eskdale to Raveglass through some of the Lake Districts finest scenery. With seven stops on route, you can jump on/off, or even take your bike and go one way and cycle back.

Muncaster Catle – https://muncaster.co.uk/

The ‘Laal Ratty’ – https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/

Also available a short drive away are an array of outdoor activities. Why not try gorge scrambling, stand up paddle boarding or canoeing. Also available to book with your stay are all manner of Bushcraft experiences as well as some more traditional outdoor activities such as gorge scrambling and rock climbing. Adventure awaits, seize the day. See our THINGS TO DO page for more information and booking.

Which is the nearest lake?

Coniston Water is the nearest and is a haven for water sports enthusiasts at 8.8km long and 1½ km wide makes it well sized for a day’s exploration or more.

It’s also quieter than many other lakes in the National Park. Fantastic scenery, free parking, and no motor boats other than rescue vessels really do make this a stunning lake to spend time on and around

With 20.2km of shoreline around the lake there is some beautiful walking and photography opportunities and stunning picnic spots.

Useful map link:

https://www.conistonboatingcentre.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/901615/A3-Conistonmmap-16.01.17.v3.pdf