3-Night Southern Lake District Guided Walking Holiday

Gateway onto Little Langdale and The Pikes
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £339pp £294pp

Relax and admire magnificent mountain views from our Country House on the shores of Conistonwater. 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

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the South Lakes on foot
  • Choose a valley bottom stroll or reach for the summits on fell walks and horseshoe hikes
  • Let our experienced leaders bring classic routes and hidden gems to life
  • Visit charming Lakeland villages
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Tarn Hows

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In SummaryWalk 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. 

HighlightYew Tree Farm was donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter and used for the film Miss Potter. 

 

 

Option 2 - Black Crag & Holme Fell

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m) 

In SummaryWalk from Monk Coniston past Tarn Hows to the summits of two local hills, Black Crag and Holme Fell. 

Highlight: Holme Fell may be modest in height, but it commands extensive views over southern Lakeland. 

 

Option 3 - Wetherlam

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 2,650 feet (820m) 

In SummaryAscend via Tilberthwaite Gill to the summit of Wetherlam, before descending via the disused workings of the Coppermines Valley 

HighlightThe 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. 

 


Option 1 - Loughrigg Circuit

Distance: 6½ miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m) 

In SummaryA delightful contouring circuit of Loughrigg Fell with extensive views of four lakes and the surrounding mountains. This walk finishes in the popular Lake District town of Ambleside. 

HighlightThe immense Rydal caves, with their wonderful views over Rydal Water and Nab Scar beyond.

 

Option 2 - Red Screes

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 2,600 feet (780m) 

In SummaryWalk from Ambleside to the picturesque High Sweden Bridge, continuing via Scandale Pass to the lofty summit of Red Screes. 

HighlightThe sense of achievement as you climb the final steps onto the summit of Red Screes and get to gaze out along Windermere to the South and Brothers Water to the North. 

 

Option 3 - Red Screes & Dove Crag

Distance: 11½ miles (18km) 

Total ascent: 3,600 feet (1,100m) 

In SummaryA challenging circuit taking in Red Screes and Dove Crag, returning to Ambleside over High Pike and Low Pike. The ascent of Red Screes entails a steep scramble. 

HighlightWith four 'Wainwright' summits to bag, this is a great high level route for a keen walker. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Tarn Hows

Distance: 4½ miles (7km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In SummaryExplore the charming countryside surrounding Monk Coniston and visit the picturesque Tarn Hows, a famous beauty spot.  

HighlightThe picturesque views abound at Tarn Hows straight out of the pages of a Victorian tourist guide.

Option 2 - Tom Heights

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In SummaryWalk across fields to Yew Tree Farm and the Yewdale Valley. After ascending Tom Heights we return via Tarn Hows. 

HighlightTom Heights is dwarfed by the surrounding peaks, but it enjoys great views over the local countryside. 

 

Option 3 - Old Man of Coniston

 Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)

In SummaryFollow the ‘tourist path’ past Low Water to the iconic summit of the Old Man of Coniston, the area’s highest peak and an impressive viewpoint. Return by Goats Water with views across to the crags of Dow Crag.  

HighlightOn a clear day the view from the top of the 'Old Man' is particularly impressive - keep your eyes peeled for the Blackpool Tower. 

 


Option 1 - Grasmere & Rydal Water

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In SummaryDiscover 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 ending the walk in the popular town of Ambleside. 

HighlightDon't forget to seek out the poet's grave in the village churchyard, or sample the famous (and very tasty) Grasmere Gingerbread.  

Option 2 - Great Rigg & Heron Pike

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 2,400 feet (740m)

In SummaryMake the steep ascent to Great Rigg and the summit of Heron Pike on the western ridge of the Fairfield Horseshoe. We then follow the ridge to Rydal and continue to the end of the walk at Ambleside. 

HighlightThe view South over Windermere and its surrounding hills and forests as you descend one arm of the Fairfield Horseshoe.  

Option 3 - Fairfield Horseshoe

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 3,350 feet (1,020m) 

In SummaryWalk 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. 

HighlightA celebratory pint will be richly deserved after this challenging but rewarding walk. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Tarn Hows

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In SummaryWalk 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. 

HighlightYew Tree Farm was donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter and used for the film Miss Potter. 

 

 

Option 2 - Black Crag & Holme Fell

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m) 

In SummaryWalk from Monk Coniston past Tarn Hows to the summits of two local hills, Black Crag and Holme Fell. 

Highlight: Holme Fell may be modest in height, but it commands extensive views over southern Lakeland. 

 

Option 3 - Wetherlam

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 2,650 feet (820m) 

In SummaryAscend via Tilberthwaite Gill to the summit of Wetherlam, before descending via the disused workings of the Coppermines Valley 

HighlightThe 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. 

 


Option 1 - The Langdale Valleys

Distance: 7 miles (12km) 

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

In SummaryWalk along the peaceful valley of Little Langdale with its waterfalls and iconic Slaters Bridge. We pass Blea Tarn, then descend into the larger neighbouring valley of Great Langdale. 

HighlightBeautiful Blea Tarn, with its impressive views of some of the Lake District's most famous peaks. 

 

Option 2 - Above Langdale

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 2,200 feet (680m)

In SummaryAscend 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 3 - Bow Fell

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m) 

In SummaryClimb 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.  

HighlightThere's a great sense of achievement in scaling the two highest summits of the Langdale valley, on this challenging but rewarding walk. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Tarn Hows

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m) 

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: Yew Tree Farm was donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter and used for the film Miss Potter.

 

Option 2 - Tom Heights

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Walk across fields to Yew Tree Farm and the Yewdale Valley. After ascending Tom Heights we return via Tarn Hows.

Highlight: Tom Heights is dwarfed by the surrounding peaks, but it enjoys great views over the local countryside.

 

Option 3 - Tarn Hows & Grizedale Forest

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

In Summary: A stride out from the house including the iconic Tarn Hows and the occasionally spectacular views framed by the boughs of this vast expanse of mixed forest.

Highlight: The occasional art installations positioned amongst the oaks and pines of Grizedale Forest, including a treefold, and a huge circular frame.

 


Option 1 - Grasmere & Easedale

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 1000 feet (300m)

In Summary: Starting from the village of Grasmere we’ll walk to Easedale Tarn, an impressive glacial lake. 

Highlight: 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 2 - Helm Crag

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: A short but spectacular walk with amazing views.

 

Option 3 - Helm Crag & Calf Crag

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,950 feet (580m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: It's a steep climb to the top of Helm Crag, but you'll be rewarded with great views over Grasmere.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Troutbeck to Ambleside

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In SummaryEnjoy fabulous views of Windermere from the lower slopes of Wansfell on a walk from 17th century Jesus Church at Troutbeck to Ambleside. 

HighlightThere's plenty of time to explore the popular town of Ambleside or relax by the lake shore. 

 

Option 2 - Sallows & Sour Howes

Distance: 8½ miles (14km) 

Ascent: 2000 feet (620m) 

In SummaryStarting in Troutbeck we ascend the quiet neighbouring fells of Sallows and Sour Howes. The walk returns into Troutbeck village passing an old coaching inn, before continuing to Ambleside along gentle paths via Skelghyll Woods. 

HighlightEnjoy wide ranging views along Windermere, and over Morecambe Bay beyond. 

Option 3 - Far Eastern Fells

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)

In SummaryA fantastic high-level walk from the Kirkstone Pass, taking in the summits of Stony Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Beacon before following the superb high level ridge South over the summits of Froswicklll Bell and Yoke. 

HighlightThe spectacular ridgeline traverse of Troutbeck's three high fells, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke is a walk to savour. 

 


Option 1 - Little Langdale

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In SummaryWalk through the beautiful valley of Little Langdale, taking in Slaters Bridge and Cathedral Cavern, returning through the Tilberthwaite Valley to Coniston. 

HighlightThe incredible Cathedral Cavern, one of the Lake District's hidden gems, is monastic in state and awe-inspiring in scale. 

Option 2 - Langdale to Coniston

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In SummaryWalk from the Langdale Valley to Coniston, crossing the lower slopes of Wetherlam and descending via the Coppermines Valley. 

HighlightThe narrow gorge of Tilberthwaite Gill, carved into the lower slopes of Wetherlam.

Option 3 - Swirl How & Wetherlam

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 3,450 feet (1,060m) 

In SummaryFrom the Langdale Valley enjoy a mountain walk over the Coniston Fells via the summits of Great Carrs, Swirl How & Wetherlam. 

HighlightThe ridge walk from the Wrynose Pass to the top of Great Carrs is a great way to ascend into the Coniston Fells. 

 


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 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

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • 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

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2019
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

3 nights from £339pp £294pp

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