4-Night Southern Lake District Festive Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Summit of Coniston Old Man in Winter
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Spend the festive season in the Southern Lake District. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and activities. Our historic Country House, overlooking Coniston Water, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed walk notes, and an inspirational location from which to explore this stunning area. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the comfort of our country house
  • Plenty of opportunity to walk off the festive excesses
  • An excellent variety of walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Visit cosy country pubs with roaring log fires to round off your walks 
  • Relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • Make use of detailed walks notes from our Discovery Point or do your own thing
  • HF Holidays' leader on hand to offer advice and guidance
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites

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.

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Monk Coniston - the starting point for your outdoor adventure.

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

Laid Back Walks

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the magnificent mountain landscapes. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

Around Tarn Hows - 2 miles
Coniston village - 3 miles
Windermere & Wray Castle - 3 miles
Brantwood to Monk Coniston - 3 miles
Tarn Hows - 4 miles
Hawkshead & Latterbarrow - 4 miles
Rydal Water & Loughrigg Terrace - 4 miles

Leg Stretcher Walks

Some longer walks on valley and lakeside paths, plus a few of the easier, lower fells. Experience the true flavour of Lakeland as you follow these varied routes.

Coniston & the Miner's Bridge - 5 miles
Tarn Hows & Yew Tree Farm - 6 miles
Grasmere & Rydal Water - 6 miles
Wansfell - 6 miles
Hawkshead - 7 miles
Latterbarrow, Windermere & Wray Castle - 8 miles

Full on Walks

For those who love the high mountains. Expect some rough paths as you head to some of these famous summits, but there are plenty of rewards when you reach the top.

Langdale Pikes - 4 miles
Helm Crag - 8 miles
Bow Fell - 8 miles
Old Man of Coniston (out & back) - 8 miles
Old Man of Coniston - 10 miles
Wetherlam - 10 miles
Fairfield Horseshoe - 11 miles
Coniston Round - 11 miles

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

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1, 2, 3 & 4

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