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7-Night Southern Lake District Guided Walking Holiday

The Howitzer on Helm Crag
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £875pp

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

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 and 1 free day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

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.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

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 - Hole Rake and Holme Fell

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

In Summary: Walk up the valley to Miners Bridge before ascending along Hole Rake, a track hugging the lower eastern slopes of Wetherlam. On to Tilberthwaite Gill and Holme Fell.

Highlight: Tilberthwaite Gill is the most impressive water filled ravine in the Lake District.

Option 3 - Wetherlam

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 2,650 feet (820m) 

In SummaryAscend via Tilberthwaite Gill and a mild but exiting scramble 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. 

Discover more about Monk Coniston and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.

Option 1 - Grasmere & Easedale

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1000 feet (300m) 

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

HighlightThere'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 & Calf Crag

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,850 feet (580m)

In SummaryAn 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. 

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

Option 3 - Sergeant Man, Codale Head, Calf Crag and Helm Crag

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 2600ft (790m)

In Summary: We leave the beautiful village of Grasmere and start the climb towards Easedale Tarn and then Sergeant Man. From Sergeant Man we follow paths across to Calf Crag, before a fantastic ridge takes us to Gibson Knott and Helm Crag. A steep descent then takes us to a well earned rest in Grasmere.

Highlight: Enjoy the superb views into Langdale from Sergeant Man, as well as exploring several Wainwrights along this great walk.

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 - Bowfell & Esk Pike

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m) 

In SummaryClimb two of the Lake District’s highest peaks. We first ascend to the top of Bowfell 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.

Option 1 - Hawkshead

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (360m)

In Summary: A figure of 8 walk visiting the iconic beauty spot Tarn Hows, then across fields and open fell to the pretty village of Hawkshead.

Highlight: Hawkshead with its myriad of narrow alleyways. The countryside that inspired Beatrix Potter.

Option 2 - Old Man of Coniston

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)

In SummaryAn opportunity to climb to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston – the highest peak in the local area. We’ll pass two mountain lakes – Goats Water on the ascent and Levers Water on our return to Coniston. 

HighlightThe sense of achievement when you reach the top of the 'Old Man' - as one of the more accessible big fells it is a magnet for many walkers. 

Option 3 - Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag

Distance: 11 miles (17.6km)

Ascent: 2900ft (977m)

In Summary: A high level route taking in two iconic mountains.

Highlight: From the top of Coniston Old Man, the views across Goats Water take in the magnificent eastern crags of Dow Crag, thought by many to be the second most impressive rock structure in the Lake District.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

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. 

Discover more about Monk Coniston and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.

Option 1 - Langdale Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 770 feet (270m) 

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

HighlightThe two spectacular waterfalls of Colwith Force and Skelwith Force; two of the best cascades in the Lake District. 

Option 2 - Crinkle Crags

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)

In SummaryEnjoy this high-level traverse along the aptly named Crinkle Crags with its undulating five mini-summits. 

Highlight: Negotiating the ‘Bad Step’ – a short scramble over an impressive chock stone wedged between the crags. 

Option 3 - Langdale Pikes

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 3,050 feet (940m) 

In SummaryExplore the popular Langdale Pikes with visits to the summits of Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Pike O’Stickle and Rossett Pike.  

HighlightThis walk along the Langdale skyline contains some of Lakeland's most iconic peaks. 

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 - Coppermines Valley

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Walk in the historic Coppermines valley and the lower slopes of Coniston Old Man.

Highlight: The history of mining in the area and feeling of being in among the fells.

Option 2 - Little Langdale and High Tilberthwaite

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: A walk past Yew Tree Tarn to the picturesque valley of Little Langdale. Pass the impressive Cathedral Cave hewn out of the hillside and an ancient quarryman's bridge known as Slater Bridge. Return to the house via High Tilberthwaite. An abundance of riches!

Highlight: The juxtaposition of soft, Lake District valley with the relics of an industrial past.

Option 3 - Swirl How and Wetherlam from Coniston

Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 3700ft (1113m)

In Summary: A mountain top ridge walk with one mild scramble.

Highlight: The top of Swirl How, with the ridges and views heading off in all directions.

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.



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.


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.


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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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.


  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.


  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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