Away from the honeypots and understandably popular big fells, the Lake District is still a very rural place with working farms and communities. Towards the south west corner of the national park there are lots of 'hidden' places in the intricate folds of the landscape and between the ancient stone walls, which are a complete delight. Hamlets, tarns and woodland are all in harmony with the big mountain backdrops; join us for a series of our favourite, moderate Lakeland walks.
- Combination of moderate grade walks in quiet valleys without the very steep gradients often associated with Lakeland walking
- Small groups allowing easier access to start and finish points (usually a great pub)
- Let an experienced leader bring these quiet routes to life
- Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
- Great walking in the company of an experienced HF Holidays walk leader
- Our country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying rooming for your boots and kit.
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
A circular walk from Broughton village square, exploring the beautiful low fells and paths on either side of the Lickle Valley. We’re planning to stop for an afternoon drink at our favourite Lakeland pub.
10 miles (16km) with 1,750 feet (520m) of ascent
Just to the east of Windermere ancient paths lead us via mini tarns and farms to the hidden Winster Valley. Our finish is on Strawberry Bank and a drink outside overlooking a rural idyll from the terrace of the Masons Arms.
6 ½ miles (10.5 km) with 1,000 feet (320m) of ascent
Into big fell country today but we’re still on the fringes (Wainwright classified these as the Far Eastern Fells). We’ll prove you don’t have to go high however to get amazing views as we “summit” the Garburn Pass from Kentmere before making our way down to Troutbeck.
7 miles (11.5km) with 1,250 feet (400m) of ascent
The Rusland Valley is the next hidden gem we will introduce you to. From Oxen Park, south east of Coniston Water, we walk to the tarn of High Dam, nestled among the fells overlooking Windermere. We finish down at Windermere where we catch a boat ride up England’s longest lake, to Bowness.
6 ½ miles (10.5km) with 1,000 feet (320m) of ascent
The Duddon Valley leads to the heart of the Lakes’ most remote country and we get more than a sense of that as we walk towards the big mountains, from the hamlet of Ulpha. We go as far as the forest and lower slopes of Harter Fell before looping back to finish at the Newfield Inn. A stunning route to finish this collection of fabulous walks.
7 miles (11km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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.
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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
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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What to Bring
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.
- Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
- A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
- Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
- A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
- Sun hat and sunscreen
Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
- Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
- A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
- Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)
You might also want
- Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
- Insect repellent
- Flask for hot drinks
- Rigid lunch box
- Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
- Waterproof rucksack liner
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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