7-Night Southern Lake District Gentle Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £915pp £835pp

Walk in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, as you discover the places that stirred their imaginations. Enjoy the stunning mountain scenes with lakeside strolls, taking a cruise across the lake on the steam yacht Gondola, or enjoy getting nose-to-nose with the high peaks as you explore their heights. Whatever your passion, you’ll be struck with awe as you explore this much-loved area of the Lake District.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, as you discover the places that stirred their imaginations
  • Enjoy the stunning mountain scenes with lakeside strolls, taking a cruise across the lake on the steam yacht Gondola, or enjoy getting nose-to-nose with the high peaks as you explore their heights
  • Let your leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Spend the evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the days adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

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Option 1 - Around Tarn Hows

Distance: 4 miles (7km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from the house which takes in a loop of the picturesque beauty spot, Tarn Hows. 

Don’t miss: The view from the green in front of the tarn with the brooding Coniston and Langdale Fells as a backdrop. An iconic view obtainable just a short walk from the doorstep of our country house. 

 

 

Option 2 - Tarn Hows & Yew Tree Farm

Distance: 4½ miles (7km) 

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

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: The picturesque views around Tarn Hows look like they are straight out of the pages of a Victorian tourist guide. 

 

Option 3 - Tom Heights & Tarn Hows

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

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 1 - Around Rydal to Grasmere

Distance: 4 miles (6km) 

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: This walk circuits two of the Lake District's prettiest lakes, and also passes through Rydal village and finishes in Grasmere. 

Don’t miss: The stunning waterfall in the grounds of Rydal Hall. The artists' grotto at the bottom of the falls has a window which frames the falls perfectly. 

 

Option 2 - Helm Crag & Easedale Tarn

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1000 feet (300m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from the village of Grasmere we’ll walk to Easedale Tarn, an impressive glacial lake.  

Don’t miss: There's time to explore Grasmere, famous as the home of poet William Wordsworth. Don't forget to seek out the poet's grave in the village churchyard, or sample the famous (and very tasty) Grasmere Gingerbread. 

 

Option 3 - Calf Crag & Helm Crag

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,950 feet (580m) 

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 1 - Skelwith Bridge to Langdale

Distance: 4½ miles (7km) 

Total ascent: 480 feet (140m)

In Summary: Follow the Langdale Valley past Elterwater village, to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel through increasingly grand scenery. 

Highlight: Great Langdale is a perfect example of a typical 'U' shaped glaciated valley, and the path we take through the centre of it offers some of the best opportunities to appreciate this geological formation 

 

Option 2 - Langdale Valley

 

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: Starting on Hollin Bank we descend to Colwith Force at the end of Little Langdale, before heading over to Skelwith Force. From here we walk up into Langdale Valley eventually reaching the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.  

Highlight: The two spectacular waterfalls of Colwith Force and Skelwith Force; two of the best cascades in the Lake District 

 

Option 3 - Above Langdale

Distance: 9 miles (14½km) 

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (680m) 

In Summary: Ascend to the great viewpoints of Side Pike and Lingmoor on the Langdale skyline. We descend to Elterwater Village to join the Cumbria Way along the base of this immense glacial valley. 

Highlight: 'Threading the needle' (squeezing through a narrow fissure) to reach the summit of Lingmoor, and its classic view of the Langdale Pikes. 

 


Option 1 - Troutbeck to Ambleside

Distance: 4 miles (6km)  

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting in the village of Troutbeck, we ascend Robin Lane with picturesque views south over Windermere, eventually descending to Waterhead and Ambleside. 

Don't miss: Galava Roman Fort at Waterhead was a key location in Hadrian's attempt to control Northern Britain, linking via roman roads the top of Lake Windermere with Ravenglass to the West, and Hadrian's Wall in the North. 

 

Option 2 - Loughrigg Round

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 1,350 feet (400m) 

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Ambleside, we first ascend the fell side to Lily tarn, then descend to Loughrigg tarn and round to the pretty terrace overlooking Grasmere. We return via Rydal to Ambleside. 

Don’t miss: The spectacular Loughrigg terrace is the perfect sheltered bank for wildflowers. Throughout the seasons this bank changes colour from the white and yellow of the spring daffodils and snowdrops, through blue bluebells, and purple foxgloves, to the bold russets and golds of the wilting brackens and birch in autumn. A feast for the senses.

 

Option 3 - Wansfell Pike

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m) 

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Ambleside, this walk starts with a steep ascent up the side of Wansfell Pike. From here it is generally downhill to Troutbeck and then back around the corner of the fell to Ambleside via Skelghyll woods and Jenkins Crag. 

Don’t miss: The views on a clear day from the top of Wasfell Pike are stunning. Almost all of the ten miles of lake Windermere are visible to the south, and the ridges of Red Screes and Fairfield extend to the north, a real feeling of being amongst some of the big giants of the Lake District fells. 

 


Option 1 - Brantwood & Gondola

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

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

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m) 

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 - Blawith & Coniston Water

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m) 

The walk in a nutshell: We start the day threading our way through the quiet Blawith Fells before emerging at the shores of Lake Coniston. We then take the lakeshore path up the lake finishing with a stroll through Coniston village and back to the house. 

Don’t miss: The stunning view from the top of the small but perfectly placed Beacon Fell includes the Coniston fells to the north and the sands of Morecambe Bay to the south. 

 



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 Good, Better and Best 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Monk Coniston is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its giant fireplace and oversized mirror hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. From a cup of Monk Coniston walled garden vegetable soup to a Wabberthwaies Cumberland sausage – the only Cumberland sausage to have a royal warrant and to be served on Concorde – to twelve-hour slow cooked Cumbrian lamb and Ravenglass crab and Morecambe Bay shrimp cakes, the kitchen puts out the best of the Cumbrian countryside. Look out too for the Kendal Mint cheesecake among the assiette of deserts.

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What to Bring

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

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
01 Aug - 08 Aug Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £915 £835 Save £80 Per Person Book Now
12 Sep - 19 Sep Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £915 £835 Save £80 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

7 nights from £915pp £835pp

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