7-Night Southern Lake District Discovery Tour

Hawkshead Lake District National Park England uk
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £1,189pp

While the Lake District is well known for its walking options, it has much to offer those who prefer a less strenuous way of exploring. A ride on the narrow-gauge Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and a cruise on Windermere are very relaxing ways to enjoy the beautiful Lake District scenery. You’ll visit the Lakeland towns of Ambleside and Grange-over-Sands, the quaint villages of Hawkshead and Coniston, historic Holker Hall, haunted Muncaster Castle and Cartmel. In Grasmere you’ll visit Dove Cottage – home of Wordsworth.

Holiday Highlights

  • Cruising on Windermere and catch a steam train from Haverthwaite
  • Exploring the Lakeland town of Ambleside and historic Grange-over-Sands
  • Visiting Holker Hall House & Gardens and Muncaster Castle
  • Experiencing the delightful villages of Hawkshead and Coniston and the Medieval village of Cartmel

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage. 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Our holiday begins with a visit to the coastal town of Grange-over-Sands where we start with a wander along the Edwardian promenade. In the afternoon, stop at Cartmel, Cumbria's centre of fine food and drink, including the famous sticky toffee pudding! Our final visit of the day will be to Holker Hall, home of the Cavendish family.

This morning, we visit stunning Tarn Hows, Lakeland’s famed beauty spot, and enjoy its tranquil magnificence with picturesque views towards the Helvellyn Range and the Langdale Pikes. Later, we take a step back in time and experience Beatrix Potter’s life at Hill Top, her much-loved Lake District farmhouse and inspiration for many of her famous tales. We'll explore charming Hawkshead Village nestling in the vale of Esthwaite before strolling along the tranquil western shore of Lake Windermere beneath the imposing turrets and towers of the Gothic revival Wray Castle, former holiday home to the Potter Family.

Discover more about Monk Coniston and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.

This morning, we'll head west for a ride on Lakeland’s most scenic miniature railway from Eskdale to the west coast village of Ravenglass before visiting the haunted and historic Muncaster Castle with 70 acres of stunning gardens and the owl centre.

On our final day together, we'll start with a stroll along the gentle slopes of Loughrigg Fell with unforgettable views looking down into the vales of Grasmere and Rydal. Upon our arrival at Grasmere, we'll first pay a visit to Dove Cottage, home of the famed Lakeland poet William Wordsworth. Be sure to stop in at the world-famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop for a tasty treat! Later we will travel to the Great Langdale Valley and wander along the shores of Elterwater, finishing at the acclaimed tearoom, Chesters by the River.

It's time for another train ride as we make our way from Haverthwaite to Lakeside, sat at the southern tip of Windermere. We'll board a lake cruiser here and disembark again at Bowness-on-Windermere, a busy Lakeland town on the shores of the lake. In the afternoon, we stop at Blackwell, a magnificent Arts & Crafts house, as well as Holehird Gardens. Our final visit of the day will be to Ambleside, another bustling town with the iconic and quirky 17th century Bridge House.

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.



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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ 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.


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. Food at Monk Coniston is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Monk Coniston

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Essential Information

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera and drinks (at least 1 litre) during the day.

Please note: For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
01 Jul - 08 Jul 2022
7 Discovery Tour £1,189 Trip Notes Book Now
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