The route leaves the urban area of Ulverston, birthplace of Stan Laurel, and heads north towards the village of Gawthwaite and the boundary of the Lake District National Park.
The route, which consists primarily of field paths at this stage, then progresses towards the settlement of Sunny Bank and the shore of Coniston Water.
The western shoreline of Coniston Water is followed before reaching the settlement of Coniston. Grizedale Forest is visible to the east of the lake with Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag being visible to the west on approach to Coniston.
This stage is approximately 25km or 15.5 miles in length with a total ascent of 501m and total descent of 471m.