4-Night Southern Lake District Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 2
from £675pp

Enjoy a short break in the Southern Lake District with a perfect mix of short, guided walks (4-5 miles) combined with time spent sightseeing. A day spent around the mighty Windermere rewards with stunning views, lovely walks and a visit to Wray Castle. You’ll see an ancient pedestrian bridge over the River Brathay and the industrial relics of the beautiful Coppermines Valley. There’s a cruise on Coniston water in a steam yacht to enjoy the views from a different perspective and the option to visit Brantwood – once the home of John Ruskin.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in the Coppermines Valley, rich in the Lake District's industrial heritage
  • Visit the impressive mock Gothic Wray Castle
  • Take the restored National Trust steam yacht Gondola across the lake to Brantwood
  • Soak up the atmospheric rugged mountain scenery and expansive lakes

What’s included

  • From 01 January 2022, all admission fees to places of interest (including National Trust and English Heritage sites) are included in the price
  • All transport to and from walks and places of interest
  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays Leader

 

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.


Distance: 4 miles (8km)

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In Summary: A visit to the recently restored Victorian viewing station at Claife Heights affords some fantastically picturesque viewing windows out over Lake Windermere and its surrounds, from its lofty position. The walk continues north through leafy woods and the quieter shoreline of this ever popular lake to eventually find Wray Castle. This mock Gothic revival castle set back from the lakeshore is owned by the National Trust and has many rooms open for the public to explore. The day finishes on Windermere's Head of the Lake cruise eventually finishing at Waterhead with some time for a cafe/pub stop or perhaps a quick jaunt to the remains of Galava Roman fort.  


Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Ascent: 450 feet (150m) 

In Summary: Starting at the Three Shires Inn in Little Langdale, the walk crosses the River Brathay at Slaters Bridge, one of Lakeland's ancient pedestrian bridges which has been in use for hundreds of years. The walk continues to  ‘Cathedral Cave’, an impressive network of quarries, before following the Cumbria Way to Skelwith Bridge.


Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Ascent: 550 feet (150m)

In Summary: A walk on good tracks via Low Yewdale to the Coppermines Valley, strewn with relics of the area’s industrial past. There's time to explore Coniston village before continuing to the lake shore, to cruise Coniston Water on the restored steam yacht Gondola, with an option to visit Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin, before a short and pleasant walk to reach the gardens of Monk Coniston.


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.

 

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 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.

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. 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.

Accessibility

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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Getting to Monk Coniston

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Essential Information

“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.

Essentials

  • 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)
  • Rucksack
  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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
2022
25 Jul - 29 Jul 2022
4 Sightseeing Walk £675 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
2

4 nights from £675pp

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