4-Night Southern Lake District Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Solos Walking Holidays

A Guided Walking holiday based in the National Trust’s historic Monk Coniston Hall, overlooking Coniston Water, is the ideal way to explore the beautiful lakes and mountains in the Lake District National Park.

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Torver, Lake Shore and Coniston Village

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Join the Cumbria Way to Coniston village, then walk the old Coniston to Broughton railway line. Descend through woods and fields to Coniston Water and walk back to the house along the lake shore.

Highlight: The Cumbria Way stretch through meadow and fields with ‘the White Lady’ (a waterfall so called by locals), tumbling down the Yewdale Fells to your right. Beauty as nature intended.

Option 2 - Torver and Coniston Water

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Head for Coppermines Valley and walk the lower slopes of Coniston Old Man to reach the old trading route known as Walna Scar. Head on towards Torver then drop down to Coniston Water and walk the shoreline back to the house.

Highlight: Hear the water lapping on the shore as you gaze over the water to the mountains beyond.

Option 3 - Swirl How

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 2700 feet (820m)

In Summary: Head off into the fells to Levers Water nestling immediately below the steep slopes of Swirl How. Ascend to the summit via the impressive Prison Band. Walk the summit ridge before descending steeply to the valley below.

Highlight: The top of Swirl How, the central point of the Coniston Fells offering 360 degree views.


Option 1 - Wharton Tarn, Grizedale and Brantwood

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (430m)

In summary: A wooded walk to Wharton Tarn. Walk around the tarn before entering Grizedale Forest. The forest gives way to open fell affording excellent views of Coniston Water. Continue to Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin.

Highlight: The easy descent to Brantwood over open fell with spectacular lake and mountain views.

Option 2 - Tarn Hows, Carron Crag and Brantwood

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

In Summary: Walk directly from the house through woods to Tarn Hows. Head to Grizedale Forest and its highest point standing above the trees, Carron Crag at 1025 above sea level. Continue through forest and open fell to Brantwood.

Highlight: The view from the summit of Carron Crag suddenly reveals itself and the views are all the more magical.

Option 3 - Yewdale Fell and Black Crag

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 2400 feet (730m)

Summary: A walk on the Yewdale Fells taking in Goat Crag and Tilberthwaite Gill, continuing to Black Crag for excellent views of the Coniston, Langdale and Troutbeck fells.

Highlight: Tilberthwaite Gill is the most impressive water filled ravine in the Lake District.


Option 1 - Little Langdale and High Tilberthwaite

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: A walk past Yew Tree Tarn to the picturesque valley of Little Langdale. Visit the impressive Cathedral Cave hewn out of the hillside and an ancient quarryman's bridge known as Slater Bridge. Return to the house via High Tilberthwaite. An abundance of riches!

Highlight: Cathedral Cave, an underground quarry of immense proportions.

Option 2 - Tom Heights and Tarn Hows

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1150 feet (350m)

In Summary: Walk all the way around Tarn Hows before heading over Tom Heights. An oft overlooked summit, the views straight down Coniston water and the surrounding fells are amazing.

Highlight: The views from the top of Tom Heights (Note; although the distance and height gained is less than todays option 1, the terrain over Tom Heights merits the Option 2 category).

Option 3 - Low Tilberthwaite and Wetherlam

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 2650 feet (810m)

In Summary: A grand day out in the mountains, reaching the top of Wetherlam after a mild but exciting scramble up Wetherlam Edge.

Highlight: The sense of achievement on reaching the top having scrambled up ‘The Edge’.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Tarn Hows

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In SummaryWalk in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter through the woods from Monk Coniston to the stunningly beautiful lake of Tarn Hows, returning via Yew Tree Farm; a great walk right on the doorstep. 

HighlightYew Tree Farm was donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter and used for the film Miss Potter. 

 

 

Option 2 - Black Crag & Holme Fell

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m) 

In SummaryWalk from Monk Coniston past Tarn Hows to the summits of two local hills, Black Crag and Holme Fell. 

Highlight: Holme Fell may be modest in height, but it commands extensive views over southern Lakeland. 

 

Option 3 - Wetherlam

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 2,650 feet (820m) 

In SummaryAscend via Tilberthwaite Gill to the summit of Wetherlam, before descending via the disused workings of the Coppermines Valley 

HighlightThe ascent to the top of Wetherlam is rugged in places; but with luck you'll get to enjoy a view of many of the other peaks visited later in your holiday. 

 


Option 1 - Loughrigg Circuit

Distance: 6½ miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m) 

In SummaryA delightful contouring circuit of Loughrigg Fell with extensive views of four lakes and the surrounding mountains. This walk finishes in the popular Lake District town of Ambleside. 

HighlightThe immense Rydal caves, with their wonderful views over Rydal Water and Nab Scar beyond.

 

Option 2 - Red Screes

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 2,600 feet (780m) 

In SummaryWalk from Ambleside to the picturesque High Sweden Bridge, continuing via Scandale Pass to the lofty summit of Red Screes. 

HighlightThe sense of achievement as you climb the final steps onto the summit of Red Screes and get to gaze out along Windermere to the South and Brothers Water to the North. 

 

Option 3 - Red Screes & Dove Crag

Distance: 11½ miles (18km) 

Total ascent: 3,600 feet (1,100m) 

In SummaryA challenging circuit taking in Red Screes and Dove Crag, returning to Ambleside over High Pike and Low Pike. The ascent of Red Screes entails a steep scramble. 

HighlightWith four 'Wainwright' summits to bag, this is a great high level route for a keen walker. 

 


Option 1 - The Langdale Valleys

Distance: 7 miles (12km) 

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

In SummaryWalk along the peaceful valley of Little Langdale with its waterfalls and iconic Slaters Bridge. We pass Blea Tarn, then descend into the larger neighbouring valley of Great Langdale. 

HighlightBeautiful Blea Tarn, with its impressive views of some of the Lake District's most famous peaks. 

 

Option 2 - Above Langdale

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 2,200 feet (680m)

In SummaryAscend 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. 

Highlight'Threading the needle' (squeezing through a narrow fissure) to reach the summit of Lingmoor, and its classic view of the Langdale Pikes.  

Option 3 - Bow Fell

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m) 

In SummaryClimb two of the Lake District’s highest peaks. We first ascend to the top of Bow Fell via The Band , before continuing to the equally impressive Esk Pike.  

HighlightThere's a great sense of achievement in scaling the two highest summits of the Langdale valley, on this challenging but rewarding walk. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Monk Coniston

Wrapped in manicured gardens with stunning views over Coniston Water, Monk Coniston combines country house grandeur and romantic, gothic-style charm with contemporary touches to great effect among the rugged landscapes of the Lake District. Rocky mountains and grassy fells loom all around this handsome home, once owned by Beatrix Potter, and more latterly turned hikers’ hotel and owned by the National Trust. Fell-flecked scenery unfurls from the windows of the bedrooms in the main house, adjoining cottage and counting house. While the setting remains traditional and the grand entrance recalls a traditional era, the interiors have been swept into the present with bold patterns and comfy fabrics. Beyond the house, trails from the doorstep set off to explore the Lake District. Climb famous summits including Bow Fell, the Langdale Pikes and the Old Man of Coniston. Bag a series of Wainwright summits. Alternatively, slip into the beautiful valleys and stroll picturesque lakeside paths in search of secret corners such as Cathedral Cove in Little Langdale.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 32 rooms, Monk Coniston has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Rooms with a view are well worth the extra spend as you’ll be overlooking the gardens or the lake.  Our favourite is Room 9 on the first floor, which contains some of the original features from when it was first built in 1885, a striking sailboat-patterned wallpaper and opens on to beautiful views of the gardens and fields that slope down to the shore of Coniston Water.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, Lakeland barn for activities, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Lake District, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds with their putting green and croquet lawn and uncover the hidden walled garden on the hill behind the house. Take a turn around the National Trust nature trail and look out for the fabulous, rare mature trees. Stumble on the small secret folly stood quietly among the bluebells when they’re out and the lush green grass when they’re not. Catch up with fellow guests in the bright and spacious lounge or grab a drink from the airy bar and wander down the garden to the bench overlooking Coniston Water for the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner – you might even spot the restored steam yacht Gondola cruising the five-mile length of the lake. After hours, duck into the converted Lakeland barn with its exposed beams and rustic chandelier for evening activities and skittles.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Monk Coniston is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its giant fireplace and oversized mirror hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. From a cup of Monk Coniston walled garden vegetable soup to a Wabberthwaies Cumberland sausage – the only Cumberland sausage to have a royal warrant and to be served on Concorde – to twelve-hour slow cooked Cumbrian lamb and Ravenglass crab and Morecambe Bay shrimp cakes, the kitchen puts out the best of the Cumbrian countryside. Look out too for the Kendal Mint cheesecake among the assiette of deserts.

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