Southern Lake District Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the Lake District on foot

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £320.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Lake District. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Walk in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, as you discover the places that stirred their imaginations. Enjoy the stunning mountain scenes with lakeside strolls, taking a cruise across the lake on the steam yacht Gondola, or enjoy getting nose-to-nose with the high peaks as you explore their heights. Whatever your passion, you’ll be struck with awe as you explore this much-loved area of the Lake District.

Accommodation

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. 

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • 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

Dining

An example of Conistonwater evening mealAll 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

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.

Accessibility

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

Itinerary

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Lake District. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Half-Day walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Gentle walks at Church Stretton

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Tarn Hows

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

 Grasmere

 Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Tarn Hows

Available on: 23 Apr 2019

Option 1: Around Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows lake

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from the house which takes in a loop of the picturesque beauty spot, Tarn Hows.

Don’t miss: The view from the green in front of the tarn with the brooding Coniston and Langdale Fells as a backdrop. An iconic view obtainable just a short walk from the doorstep of our country house. 

Option 2: Tarn Hows & Yew Tree Farm

Yew Tree Farm

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the charming countryside surrounding Monk Coniston and visit the picturesque Tarn Hows, a famous beauty spot. 

Don’t miss: The picturesque views abound at Tarn Hows straight out of the pages of a Victorian tourist guide.

Option 3: Tom Heights & Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows lake

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk across fields to Yew Tree Farm and the Yewdale Valley. After ascending Tom Heights we return via Tarn Hows.

Don’t miss: Tom Heights is dwarfed by the surrounding peaks, but it enjoys great views over the local countryside.


Grasmere & Easedale

Available on: 24 Apr 2019

Option 1: Around Rydal to Grasmere

Enjoy an autumnal walk around Rydal Water

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: This walk circuits two of the Lake District's prettiest lakes, and also passes through Rydal village and finishes in Grasmere.

Don’t miss: The stunning waterfall in the grounds of Rydal Hall. The artists' grotto at the bottom of the falls has a window which frames the falls perfectly.

Option 2: Helm Crag & Easedale Tarn

View over Grasmere

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from the village of Grasmere we’ll walk to Easedale Tarn, an impressive glacial lake. 

Don’t miss: There's time to explore Grasmere, famous as the home of poet William Wordsworth. Don't forget to seek out the poet's grave in the village churchyard, or sample the famous (and very tasty) Grasmere Gingerbread.

 

Option 3: Calf Crag & Helm Crag

The rocky summit of Helm Crag

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,950 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: An opportunity to climb Helm Crag, one of the most distinctive Lakeland Fells with the ‘Lion and the Lamb’ rock formations on the summit. We’ll follow the ridge to Gibson Knott and Calf Crag before descending via Far Easedale.

Don’t miss: It's a steep climb to the top of Helm Crag, but you'll be rewarded with great views over Grasmere.


The Langdale Fells

Available on: 25 Apr 2019

Option 1: Skelwith Bridge to Langdale

Herdwick sheep

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 480 feet (140m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Langdale Valley past Elterwater village, to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel through increasingly grand scenery.

Don’t miss: Great Langdale is a perfect example of a typical 'U' shaped glaciated valley, and the path we take through the centre of it offers some of the best opportunities to appreciate this geological formation.

Option 2: Langdale Valley

Colwith Force waterfall

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting on Hollin Bank we descend to Colwith Force at the end of Little Langdale, before heading over to Skelwith Force. From here we walk up into Langdale Valley eventually reaching the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. 

Don’t miss: The two spectacular waterfalls of Colwith Force and Skelwith Force; two of the best cascades in the Lake District.

Option 3: Above Langdale

Glacial Langdale Valley

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (680m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the great viewpoints of Side Pike and Lingmoor on the Langdale skyline. We descend to Elterwater Village to join the Cumbria Way along the base of this immense glacial valley.

Don’t miss: 'Threading the needle' (squeezing through a narrow fissure) to reach the summit of Lingmoor, and its classic view of the Langdale Pikes.


Troutbeck & Ambleside

Available on: 27 Apr 2019

Option 1: Troutbeck to Ambleside

Ambleside and Lake Windermere

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting in the village of Troutbeck, we ascend Robin Lane with picturesque views south over Windermere, eventually descending through woods to Stockghyll Force and Ambleside.

Don’t miss: Stockghyll Force is an impressive waterfall looking particularly spectacular especially after heavy rain.

Option 2: Loughrigg Round

 

stunning views over Rydal WaterDistance: 7.5 miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Ambleside, we first ascend the fell side to Lily tarn, then descend to Loughrigg tarn and round to the pretty terrace overlooking Grasmere. We return via Rydal to Ambleside.

Don’t miss: The spectacular Loughrigg terrace is the perfect sheltered bank for wildflowers. Throughout the seasons this bank changes colour from the white and yellow of the spring daffodils and snowdrops, through blue bluebells, and purple foxgloves, to the bold russets and golds of the wilting brackens and birch in autumn. A feast for the senses.

Option 3: Wansfell Pike

View over Windermere from the summit of Wansfell

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Ambleside, this walk starts with a steep ascent up the side of Wansfell Pike. From here it is generally downhill to Troutbeck and then back around the corner of the fell to Ambleside via Skelghyll woods and Jenkins Crag.

Don’t miss: The views on a clear day from the top of Wasfell Pike are stunning. Almost all of the ten miles of lake Windermere are visible to the south, and the ridges of Red Screes and Fairfield extend to the north, a real feeling of being amongst some of the big giants of the Lake District fells. 


Little Langdale & the Coniston Fells

Available on: 28 Apr 2019

Option 1: Brantwood & Gondola

Steam yacht gondola on Conistonwater

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk via the Coppermines Valley to Coniston village then cross the lake aboard the restored steam yacht Gondola to Brantwood House. Finally a short walk through the fields takes us back to Monk Coniston

Don’t miss: The cruise across Coniston Water aboard the National Trust's restored steam yacht gondola; a fantastic way to appreciate this magnificent setting.

Option 2: Little Langdale

Slaters Bridge in Little Langdale

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through the beautiful valley of Little Langdale, taking in Slaters Bridge and Cathedral Cavern, returning through the Tilberthwaite Valley to Coniston.

Don’t miss: The incredible Cathedral Cavern, one of the Lake District's hidden gems, is monastic in state and awe-inspiring in scale.

Option 3: Blawith & Coniston Water

beacon-fell

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start the day threading our way through the quiet Blawith Fells before emerging at the shores of Lake Coniston. We then take the lakeshore path up the lake finishing with a stroll through Coniston village and back to the house.

Don’t miss: The stunning view from the top of the small but perfectly placed Beacon Fell includes the Coniston fells to the north and the sands of Morecambe Bay to the south.

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. www.ruskinmuseum.com

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola

 

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. www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk

 

Brantwood House

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

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. www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale

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

 

 

 

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. www.wordsworth.org.uk

 

 

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. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk, www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

 

 

 

Gondola image ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Travel

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk 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.

Bus

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 www.traveline.info

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

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22 Apr 2019 CNBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £495.00 £425.00 Save £70 Per Person Book Now
22 Apr 2019 CNBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £799.00 £699.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking TOP Spring OFFER Book Now
26 Apr 2019 CNBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £365.00 £320.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £45 Per Person Book Now

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