Classic Break 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.
Join us at Coniston for our Classic Break, rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making it best suited to our long standing guests who have been holidaying with us for years.
During the day, enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. Stretch your legs and appreciate some of Britain's best landscapes.
In the evening relax with like-minded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.
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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Monarch 1500 spring bed
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
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
• Dining room with lake views
|• 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.
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.
- 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
Sunday: Exploring Coniston and its fells
Option 1: Tarn Hows
Distance: 4½ miles
Total ascent: 1,000 feet
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 2: Tom Heights
Distance: 7 miles
Total ascent: 1,100 feet
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.
Option 3: Old Man of Coniston
Distance: 10 miles
Total ascent: 2,800 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the ‘tourist path’ past Low Water to the iconic summit of the Old Man of Coniston, the area’s highest peak and an impressive viewpoint. Return by Goats Water with views across to the crags of Dow Crag.
Don’t miss: On a clear day the view from the top of the 'Old Man' is particularly impressive - keep your eyes peeled for the Blackpool Tower.
Monday: Grasmere & Fairfield
Option 1: Grasmere & Rydal Water
Distance: 7 miles
Total ascent: 1,000 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Discover the delightful scenery surrounding Grasmere and Rydal on one of the Lake District's best lower-level walks. We pass Wordsworth’s former home at Rydal Mount, before ending the walk in the popular town of Ambleside.
Don’t miss: Don't forget to seek out the poet's grave in the village churchyard, or sample the famous (and very tasty) Grasmere Gingerbread.
Option 2: Great Rigg & Heron Pike
Distance: 7 miles
Total ascent: 2,400 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Make the steep ascent to Heron Pike and the summit of Great Rigg on the western ridge of the Fairfield Horseshoe. We then follow the ridge to Rydal and continue to the end of the walk at Ambleside.
Don’t miss: The view over Windermere as you descend one arm of the Fairfield Horseshoe.
Option 3: Fairfield Horseshoe
Distance: 10½ miles
Total ascent: 3,350 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Walk the famous Fairfield Horseshoe, one of the finest mountain walks in the Lake District. Tick off eight separate Wainwright Fells on this day of fantastic high-level walking.
Don’t miss: A celebratory pint will be richly deserved after this challenging but rewarding walk.
Tuesday: The Langdale Fells
Option 1: Langdale Valley
Distance: 7 miles
Total ascent: 700 feet
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: The two spectacular waterfalls of Colwith Force and Skelwith Force; two of the best cascades in the Lake District.
Option 2: Crinkle Crags
Distance: 7½ miles
Total ascent: 2,600 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy this high-level traverse along the aptly named Crinkle Crags with its undulating five mini-summits.
Don’t miss: Negotiating the ‘Bad Step’ – a short scramble over an impressive chock stone wedged between the crags.
Option 3: Langdale Pikes
Distance: 9½ miles
Total ascent: 3,050 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the popular Langdale Pikes with visits to the summits of Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Pike O’Stickle and Rossett Pike.
Don’t miss: This walk along the Langdale skyline contains some of Lakeland's most iconic peaks.
Thursday: Troutbeck and the Far Eastern Fells
Option 1: Troutbeck to Ambleside
Distance: 6 miles
Total ascent: 900 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy fabulous views of Windermere from the lower slopes of Wansfell on a walk from 17th century Jesus Church at Troutbeck to Ambleside.
Don’t miss: There's plenty of time to explore the popular town of Ambleside or relax by the lakeshore.
Option 2: Sallows & Sour Howes
Distance: 8½ miles
Total ascent: 2,350 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Starting from Ambleside, pass through Skelghyll Woods to Troutbeck, climb to the head of the Garburn Pass and ascend the grassy slopes of Sallows and Sour Howes.
Don’t miss: Enjoy wide ranging views along Windermere, and over Morecambe Bay beyond.
Option 3: Far Eastern Fells
Distance: 12½ miles
Total ascent: 2,650 feet
The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic high-level walk from the Kirkstone Pass, taking in the summits of Stony Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Beacon before following the superb high level ridge over the summits of Froswick, lll Bell and Yoke.
Don’t miss: The spectacular ridgeline traverse of Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke, is one to savour.
Friday: Little Langdale & the Coniston Fells
Option 1: Little Langdale
Distance: 6 miles
Total ascent: 1,050 feet
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 2: Langdale to Coniston
Distance: 9½ miles
Total ascent: 2,100 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the Langdale Valley to Coniston, crossing the lower slopes of Wetherlam and descending via the Copermines Valley.
Don’t miss: The narrow chasm of Tilberthwaite Gill, carved from the slopes of Wetherlam.
Option 3: Swirl How & Wetherlam
Distance: 10 miles
Total ascent: 3,450 feet
The walk in a nutshell: From the Langdale Valley enjoy a mountain walk over the Coniston Fells via the summits of Great Carrs, Swirl How & Wetherlam.
Don’t miss: The ridge walk from the Wrynose Pass to the top of Great Carrs is a great way to ascend into the Coniston Fells.
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
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
Ravenglass & 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
Just a couple of miles from Monk Coniston, John Ruskin's former home commands superb views over the lake. www.brantwood.org.uk
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.
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
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays. www.levenshall.co.uk
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
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 to Conistonwater
Our address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Dates & Prices
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