Walking with Sightseeing at Conistonwater
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Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of the Lake District with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Explore Beatrix Potter's home at Hill Top, ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway through beautiful scenery, take the steam yacht across the lake, and follow in Wordsworth's footsteps on walks around Grasmere.
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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.
Sunday: Hill Top, Moss Eccles Tarn and Hawkshead
Today is a great introduction to the area, as we visit Beatrix Potter’s house at Hill Top, and Moss Eccles Tarn – on which Potter’s The Tale of Jeremy Fisher is based. There are excellent views over to the Langdale Pikes. We will also explore the historic village of Hawkshead – perhaps visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery or Wordsworth’s old school. 4 miles (6.5km) with up to 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Monday: The Rydal and Grasmere Round
We walk along Loughrigg Terrace to Rydal Cave and descend to cross the River Rothay to Rydal Hall. We visit the 17th century viewing station which frames the waterfall on Rydal Beck; passing Rydal Mount we follow the old ‘Coffin Route’ along Rydal Terrace and down to Grasmere. There is time to visit Dove Cottage or just explore Grasmere. 4 miles (6.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Tuesday: Eskdale and T’ La’al Ratty
We travel to the Eskdale Valley via Hardknott Pass and Fort to explore the area around Boot. Our walk then follows the River Esk, returning via Eskdale Mill (a working cornmill) to Dalegarth station were we will board the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway, England’s oldest narrow gauge steam railway. The train takes us through lovely valleys and woodland at the foot of England’s highest mountains to Ravenglass were we visit a roman bath house before a short stroll along the beach. 4 miles (6.5km) with very little ascent.
Wednesday: free day
Thursday: Little Langdale
The walk starts at the Three Shires Inn in Little Langdale. The walk crosses the River Brathay at Slaters Bridge and visits ‘the cathedral’ before following good paths through Tilberthwaite valley to return to the house. 4 miles (6.5km) with 300 feet(90m) of ascent.
Friday: Coniston, Brantwood and a trip on the Gondola
We walk on good tracks via Low Yewdale to the Coppermines Valley, strewn with relics of the area’s industrial past. We explore Coniston village before making our way 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 through a field into the gardens of Monk Coniston. 4 miles (6.5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
- Walking is generally on good, well-graded paths; some sections are over rougher or steeper terrain. Walks are up to 4 miles (6.5km) with up to 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
- Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust card
- The seven night holiday has a free day for you to explore independently
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.
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