Family Walking Adventure at Conistonwater

Lake District

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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.

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From £399.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Under 11s GO FREE on all our 2018 UK Family Adventures

We had an amazing time and
would do it again in a heartbeat

Kara Guppy: Are we nearly there yet? family blogger

The Lake District is a great destination for families with older children, where they can enjoy the challenge of exploring this beautiful landscape. Highlights include the walk through the woods to Tarn Hows, visiting Grasmere and its famous gingerbread shop, and reaching the top of the Old Man of Coniston, an iconic local peak.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Monk Coniston in Lake District

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

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities 
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge 
Premium Rooms 
• 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
Family Rooms
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

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Lounge 
• Dining room with lake views 
• Bar 
• Library
• 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

Dining

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.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Conistonwater evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

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.

More details on Coniston accessibility

Additional information

  • 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

Itinerary

Two teenage boys about to go walkingFamily-friendly walks

Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short lakeside strolls that are ideal for little legs, to challenging mountain ascents that will appeal to active teenagers.

Family adventures lineSunday: Tarn Hows and Wetherlam

Option 1: Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows lake

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

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: This short walk allows plenty of time for stops and games. Play hide and seek in the woods, enjoy games on the grassy shores of Tarn Hows, then back early to Monk Coniston to relax.

Option 2: Yew Tree Farm

Yew Tree Farm

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter through the woods from Monk Coniston to the stunningly beautiful lake of Tarn Hows, returning via Yew Tree Farm; a great walk right on the doorstep.

Don’t miss: Yew Tree Farm was donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter and used for the film Miss Potter.

Option 3: Tom Heights

Tarn Hows Coniston

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

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 4: Wetherlam

Wetherlam

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2400 feet (720m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend via Tilberthwaite Gill to the summit of Wetherlam, before descending via the disused workings of the Coppermines Valley

Don’t miss: The ascent to the top of Wetherlam is rugged in places; but with luck you'll get to enjoy a view of many of the other peaks visited later in your holiday.

 


Monday: Grasmere

Option 1: Grasmere & Rydal Water

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage at Grasmere

Distance: 4 miles (6½km) 

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

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 finishing in the village of Grasmere.

Don’t miss: Don't forget to seek out the Wordworth's grave in the Grasmere churchyard, or sample the famous (and very tasty) Grasmere Gingerbread.

Option 2: Helm Crag

Overlooking Grasmere from Helm Crag

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend Helm Crag one of the most distinctive Lakeland Fells with the ‘Lion and the Lamb’ rock formations on the summit. A grassy descent takes us to the valley giving the option of continuing to Easedale Tarn with its spectacular waterfall.

Don’t miss: A short but spectacular walk with amazing views.

Option 3: Helm Crag & Calf Crag

The rocky summit of Helm Crag

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: An opportunity to climb Helm Crag, one of the most distinctive Lakeland Fells with the ‘Lion and the Lamb’ rock formations on the summit. We’ll follow the ridge to Gibson Knott and Calf Crag before descending via Far Easedale.

Don’t miss: It's a steep climb to the top of Helm Crag, but you'll be rewarded with great views over Grasmere.

Option 3: High Raise

High Raise Lake District

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,800 feet (840m)

The walk in a nutshell: A longer circuit which ascends via Easedale Tarn to High Raise, returning along the Calf Crag ridge back to Grasmere.

Don’t miss: The return walk along the ridge to Helm Crag is a fine conclusion to this walk.

 


Tuesday: Langdale

Option 1: Langdale Valley

Herdwick sheep

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover the Langdale Valley on this low-level walk along the Cumbria Way. 

Don’t miss: Look out for cascading waterfalls, slate quarries and Stone Age sites amidst a backdrop of spectacular mountains.

Option 2: Langdale Waterfalls

Colwith Force waterfall

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

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 3: Crinkle Crags

The five summits of Crinkle Crags

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (780m)

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 4: Bow Fell & Esk Pike

Glacial Langdale Valley

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m)

The walk in a nutshell: Climb two of the Lake District’s highest peaks. We first ascend to the top of Bow Fell via The Band, before continuing to the equally impressive Esk Pike. 

Don’t miss: There's a great sense of achievement in scaling two of the best summits in the Lake District, on this challenging but rewarding walk.

 


Thursday: Windermere & Fairfield

Option 1: Ambleside to Brockhole

Steamer sailing along Windermere

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Ambleside to Troutbeck offering views of Lake Windermere with the Langdale Pikes in the distance. The route passes a fine Victorian viewing point before finishing at the Brockhole visitor centre.

Don’t miss: There are plenty of free activities at the Brockhole visitor centre include a great adventure play area.

Option 2: Above Windermere

Ambleside and Lake Windermere

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover Stockghyll Force waterfall, then contour around the slopes of Wansfell, enjoying views over Windermere, to Troutbeck and Brockhole.

Don’t miss: Discover the wooded valley of Stockghyll with its impressive waterfalls, then enjoy plenty of time to play at Brockhole at the end of the walk.

Option 3: Wansfell

View from Wansfell Pike over Windermere

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow an elevated route from Ambleside to Brockhole. We'll ascend past the Stockghyll waterfalls to the summit of Wansfell followed by a steady descent to Troutbeck and the lakeshore.

Don’t miss: Wansfell is modest in height but enjoys a fine view along the length of Windermere.

Option 4: Fairfield Horseshoe

Mountains of the Fairfield Horseshoe

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,350 feet (1,020m)

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 ice cream will be richly deserved after this challenging but rewarding walk.

 


Friday: Coniston Fells

Option 1: Brantwood & Gondola

Steam yacht gondola on Conistonwater

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk via the Coppermines Valley to Coniston village then cross the lake aboard the restored steam yacht Gondola to Brantwood House. Finally a short walk through the fields takes us back to Monk Coniston

Don’t miss: The cruise across Coniston Water aboard the National Trust's restored steam yacht gondola; a fantastic way to appreciate this magnificent setting.

Option 2: Little Langdale

Slaters Bridge in Little Langdale

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

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 3: Langdale to Coniston

Tilberthwaite Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the Langdale Valley to Coniston via Blea Tarn, the pretty green valley of Little Langdale and gigantic Cathedral Cavern.

Don’t miss: 

Option 4: Old Man of Coniston

Walkers on the top of the Old Man of Coniston

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 3,500 feet (1,050m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Langdale via Red Tarn and the Three Shires Stone. We then follow a challenging high level return to Monk Coniston, taking in four ‘Wainwright’ peaks before the final summit of the week, the Old Man of Coniston. 

Don’t miss: A spectacular mountain walk to end the week.

 

Family adventures lineHoliday Information

2018 holidays KIDS GO FREE if booked by 29 December 2017. After this date children under 11 go FREE and children up to 17 get a 50% discount

Family-friendly walks: we've selected the best walks for families with shorter distances and plenty of interest along the routes. The shorter walks usually allow plenty of time for activities, or enjoying the grounds of Monk Coniston

  • Adventure: each day there are opportunities to climb some of the Lake District's best peaks; ideal for active teenagers and adults
  • Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
  • Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions

Terrain and transport: Our Family and Easier Walks are generally on well-graded valley, fell and lakeside paths, but can be occasionally rough. Medium Walks are on good, but sometimes rocky paths, to lower summits and moorland fells; you might occasionally feel the need to use your hands. Harder Walks use steep and rough paths to mountain summits and some walks need a head for heights.

On some days the walks start or finish at Monk Coniston; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.

Family playing JengaActivities at Monk Coniston: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.

 

Local area

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 on Coniston WaterSteam 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

 

Steam locomotive on the Ravenglass & Eskdale railwayRavenglass & 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

 

Brantwood House

Just a couple of miles from Monk Coniston, John Ruskin's former home commands superb views over the lake. www.brantwood.org.uk

Tarn Hows
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.

Grizedale Forest
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

Levens Hall with impressive topiary in the gardenLevens Hall
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays. www.levenshall.co.uk

 

 

 

Dove Cottage, home to William WordsworthGrasmere
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

 

 

Steamer on WindermereWindermere

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

Travel to Conistonwater

Our address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Bus

By bus:

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

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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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