Christmas & New Year Walking at Conistonwater

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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £389.00 - 3 to 7 nights


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Holiday overview

Christmas HolidaysRelax and admire magnificent mountain views from our Country House on the shores of Coniston Water. Explore England's best-loved National Park. Enjoy easy lakeside and valley walks, following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter or head to the high fells for some of England's best mountain walks.


  • Decked in all its festive glory, Monk Coniston provides the perfect place to relax
  • Discover stunning Lakeland Landscapes, the inspritation for Wordsworth , Beatrix Potter and Ruskin
  • Enjoy lakeside strolls from the door, or challenge yourself to explore Wainwright's favourite fells

What’s included?

  • Full board en-suite accommodation
  • A full programme of guided walks or activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Activities in the evenings
  • A present on Christmas Day
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve

In pictures...


HF Holidays' Monk Coniston in Lake District

As an historic National Trust property, Monk Coniston is full of romantic, gothic-style charm. With the attractive Lake District setting, it's well suited to a relaxing holiday. Whether it's a walking or activity break you're after, this is a wonderful part of the country to explore your way. 

Monk Coniston has 33 bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the adjoining cottage and counting house.



Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities 
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge 
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children


• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Lounge 
• Dining room with lake views 
• Bar 
• Library
• Range of board games and books
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
• Our traditional Lakeland barn can be used for dancing, or as a games room 
• Large garden with views down to the lake
• Putting green and croquet lawn
• The National Trust maintains a collection of rare trees in the grounds


All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Conistonwater evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.


Due to the age and the layout of Monk Coniston, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility. There are ground floor en-suite bedrooms in the Counting House, but this building is access via steps.

More details on Coniston accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied


Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. 

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. Typically, easier walks are up to 4 to 8 miles (6.5 to 13km) with 600 to 1,200ft (180 to 360m) of ascent, medium walks are up to 4 to 9 miles (6.5 to 14.5km) with 1,100 to 1,800ft (330 to 540m) of ascent, while harder walks can be up to about 4 to 9 miles (6.5 to 14.5km) with 1,800 to 2,600ft (540 to 780m) of ascent.

Christmas - Festive Guided Walking

23 December 2017

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea from 4 pm onwards..

24 December 2017 - Christmas Eve

After a short journey by coach to Ambleside, our walks will include beautiful Loughrigg Tarn, hopefully fabulous views from Wansfell and from the lofty vantage point of the day, Red Screes sitting high above the Kirkstone Pass.

25 December – Christmas Day

We can build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with walks on the fells surrounding Monk Coniston. The easier walk will stroll around the Coppermines Valley above Coniston Village, whilst the medium walk will find Hole Rake and the harder walk will reach the imposing summit of Wetherlam.

When you return to Monk Coniston there will be presents under the Christmas tree before our Christmas lunch. Our celebration Christmas dinner is the highlight of the evening - enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer.

26 December 2017 – Boxing Day

Today’s walks all start and finish at the house, and traverse the fells and woodlands surrounding Monk Coniston. The easy walk heads up through the woods to the picturesque Tarn Hows whilst the medium walk finds Hawkshead via the expansive Grizedale Forest.  

The harder route heads for one of the smaller coniston fells, Holme Fell before skirting the corner of Wetherlam on Hole Rake.

28 December 2017

Our coach takes us to Grasmere today where walkers will have the chance to visit the picturesque peaks of either Helm Crag or Great Rigg, whilst the more relaxed walk will skirt Loughrigg and its peaceful tarn of the same name before descending to Grasmere from Red Bank.

New Year - Festive Guided Walking

29 December 2017

Stunning views await us on all walks again today after we’ve travelled by coach to the Langdale Valley. Choose Blea Tarn, sitting in a quiet amphitheatre of hills, Lingmoor Fell from where you can see far to the northern reaches of the Lake District or some of the famous Langdale Pikes. 

31 December 2017 – New Year’s Eve

All our walks today are linear. We travel by coach to Great Langdale Valley and walk back to Monk Coniston by a choice of routes. Either: via the charming village of Elterwater; through the looming Tilberthwaite Valley and it’s impressive quarry caves and spoil heaps; or the handsome ridgeline of Whetside Edge; before all walks return to the house for our New Year’s Eve celebrations.

In the evening, join our fellow guests for a fantastic celebration dinner to welcome the new year – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.

1 January 2018

Today’s walks all start and finish at the house, and traverse the stunning fells surrounding Monk Coniston. The easy walk heads for Torver along the old railway line skirting the edge of Lake Coniston. The easy walk also heads for Torver via a section of the Walna Scar Pass, while the hard route takes in the imposing local high point of Coniston Old Man. 

2 January 2018

Today we head by coach to Grasmere where we explore the surrounding hills. Great aerial views of beautiful tarns await - Grasmere (the lake), Rydal Water and Alcock Tarn. Weather permitting, Sergeant Man will provide the high point of the day at well over 2,000 feet.

Local area

Discover the Lake District

Monk Coniston is an imposing Gothic property leased from the National Trust and set in 8 acres of grounds, including a restored walled garden and the impressive arboretum. Some particularly impressive specimens, including a giant sequoia (the largest tree in the world) and the wollemi pine can be explored on the Monk Coniston Tree Trail.

Views from the property offer breathtaking glimpses of Coniston Water and the surrounding mountains.

Coniston village is about one mile away – there is a direct path from the house to the village. Here you’ll find a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a Barclays Bank (open 3 times a week). A wider range of facilities is available in Ambleside, the nearest town, about 8 miles away. The Ruskin Museum is also well worth a visit - find out more about the lake's connections to Donald Campbell and Arthur Ramsome.

During your visit to Monk Coniston you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Steam yacht gondola on Coniston WaterSteam Yacht Gondola

First cruising Coniston Water 150 years ago, the restored gondola is now operated by the National Trust, stopping at the Monk Coniston jetty at the bottom of the meadow below the house before gliding across the lake, calling at Coniston village and Brantwood House.


Steam locomotive on the Ravenglass & Eskdale railwayRavenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ride ‘L’al Ratty’ a highly scenic narrow gauge railway which runs from the coast at Ravenglass along beautiful Eskdale. You could combine a visit with a walk over Muncaster Fell, or to Stanley Gill waterfall.


Brantwood House

Just a couple of miles from Monk Coniston, John Ruskin's former home commands superb views over the lake.

Tarn Hows
A short walk from the Country House, this man-made water was created by Monk Coniston’s resident owner, James Garth Marshall in 1865, as he continued to develop the estate and expand his pleasure grounds. He built a dam to flood the area, amalgamating several smaller tarns, before planting the shores and islands with new woodlands and specimen trees.

Grizedale Forest
Nearby Grizedale Forest is ideal for mountain biking and also has a popular sculpture trail.  You can also experience the Go Ape! high-ropes course – a great option for active teenagers.

Levens Hall with impressive topiary in the gardenLevens Hall
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays.




Dove Cottage, home to William WordsworthGrasmere
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Monk Coniston and is famous for its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum.



Steamer on WindermereWindermere

Take a cruise along the length of Windermere - England's largest lake. Ferries connect Ambleside in the north to Bowness and Lakeside in the south, where you can connect with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.,




Gondola image ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris


Travel to Conistonwater

Our address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is at Windermere. For train times and general rail enquiries visit or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 13 mile journey from Windermere railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £27. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Monk Coniston Manager.


By bus:

From Windermere station you can catch the 505 bus direct to Monk Coniston - the bus stop is right outside our Country House. Journey time is around 50 minutes. For bus times see

Driving to us

By car:

From Ambleside take the A593 signposted to Coniston. Turn sharp left over a narrow bridge, then after half a mile turn left onto the B5286, signposted to Hawkshead. About 3 miles along this road, and just before Hawkshead, turn right onto the B5285, signposted to Coniston. Follow this road over Hawkshead Hill. The road descends then goes around a 180° bend to the left. The entrance to Monk Coniston is on the left about 100yds after the bend.  There is car parking available within the grounds.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme - this is straightforward journey - allow 1½ hours to Oxenholme. See for train times.

From Oxenholme station you can complete the journey to Monk Coniston by bus or taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4 hours to reach Oxenholme. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Oxenholme takes 2½ hours. See for train times.


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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
27 Dec 2017 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 3 £389.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2018 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 4 £715.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2018 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 7 £989.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 3 £399.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 7 £919.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2018 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 4 £665.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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