Guided Walking at Conistonwater
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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.
Relax and admire magnificent mountain views from our Country House on the shores of Coniston Water. 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 guided walks in the high fells. Whatever your passions nature's own poetry is ever-present as you explore this much-loved area of the 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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 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
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Dining room with lake views
|• 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
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Discover the best of the Lake District on our guided walks. Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
F: Exploring Coniston and its Fells
Available on: 21 May 2017, 4 Jun 2017, 18 Jun 2017, 2 Jul 2017, 16 Jul 2017, 20 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 21 Oct 2017
There are great walks right from the doorstep of Monk Coniston; just a short stroll will take you to the charming Tarn Hows lake. For those feeling a bit more adventurous, the ever-popular summit of the Old Man of Coniston offers a magnificent panorama over the lake and surrounding fells.
Easier Walk: Explore the countryside surrounding Monk Coniston and visit the picturesque Tarn Hows, a famous beauty spot. 4.5 miles (7km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Walk across fields to Yew Tree Farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter, and the Yewdale Valley. Ascend Tom Heights with views over the surrounding fells and descend via Tarn Hows. 7 miles (11.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Follow 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. 10 miles (16km) with 2,800 feet (860m) of ascent.
G: Grasmere and Fairfield
Available on: 22 May 2017, 5 Jun 2017, 19 Jun 2017, 3 Jul 2017, 17 Jul 2017, 21 Aug 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 18 Sep 2017, 22 Oct 2017
Today's walks centre around the picturesque village of Grasmere; famous as the former home of the poet William Wordsworth. These walks are real classics - the easier walk around Grasmere and Rydal Water is one the Lake District's best lower-level walks, whilst the Fairfield Horseshoe is a spectacular higher-level circuit.
Easier Walk: Discover the delightful scenery surrounding Grasmere and Rydal Water. We enjoy panoramic views from White Moss Common, and pass Wordsworth’s former home at Rydal Mount, before ending the walk in the popular town of Ambleside. 7 miles (11km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Make the steep ascent to Heron Pike and the summit of Great Rigg 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. 7 miles (11.5km) with 2,400 feet (740m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Walk the famous Fairfield Horseshoe, one of the finest in Lakeland, which includes eight separate Wainwright Fells, concluding the day in Ambleside. 10.5 miles (16.5km) with 3,350 feet (1,020m) of ascent.
H: The Langdale Fells
Available on: 23 May 2017, 6 Jun 2017, 20 Jun 2017, 4 Jul 2017, 18 Jul 2017, 22 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017
The skyline of the Langdale contains some of Lakeland's most iconic peaks. You may enjoy walks to Crinkle Crags, or the shapely summits of the Langdale Pikes. Alternatively the easier walk has plenty of interest, including two spectacular waterfalls.
Easier Walk: Follow the Langdale Valley past Colwith Force and Skelwith Force waterfalls to Elterwater village, continuing to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel through increasingly grand scenery. The walk beyond Elterwater is along a stony mountain path. 7 miles (11km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Enjoy this high-level traverse along the aptly named Crinkle Crags with its undulating five mini-summits. This includes the ‘Bad Step’ – a short scramble over an impressive chock stone wedged between the crags. 7.5 miles (12.5km) with 2,600 feet (800m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Explore the popular Langdale Pikes with visits to the summits of Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Pike O’Stickle and Rossett Pike. Typically rough Lakeland paths, especially the descent of Rossett Gill. 9.5 miles (15km) with 3,050 feet (940m) of ascent.
I: Troutbeck and the Far Eastern Fells
Available on: 25 May 2017, 8 Jun 2017, 22 Jun 2017, 6 Jul 2017, 20 Jul 2017, 24 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017
Explore the area to the east of Windermere, centred around the attractive town of Ambleside. Enjoy stunning views over the lake, either from the lower slopes of Wansfell, or the higher fells above. Our harder walk is a fantastic traverse of the Far Eastern Fells from the Kirkstone Pass.
Easier Walk: Enjoy fabulous views of Windermere on a walk from Troutbeck to Ambleside. Start at the 17th century Jesus Church at Troutbeck and traverse the lower slopes of Wansfell. 6 miles (9.5km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting from Ambleside, pass through Skelghyll Woods to Troutbeck, climb to the head of the Garburn Pass and ascend the grassy slopes of Sallows and Sour Howes to discover fine, far reaching views. 8.5 miles (13.5km) with 2,350 feet (720m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting at the famous Old Coaching House the Kirkstone Inn the walk ascends to the summit of Stony Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Beacon before following the superb high level ridge over the summits of Froswick, lll Bell and Yoke descending into Troutbeck before finishing at a second coaching house. 9 miles (14.5 km) with 2,650 ft (820m) of ascent.
J: Little Langdale & the Coniston Fells
Available on: 26 May 2017, 9 Jun 2017, 23 Jun 2017, 7 Jul 2017, 21 Jul 2017, 25 Aug 2017, 8 Sep 2017, 22 Sep 2017
The valley of Little Langdale is a hidden Lakeland gem - stunning scenery and plenty to discover. For those who choose our harder walk have a grand traverse of the Coniston Fells, taking in three impressive summits.
Easier Walk: We start at the Wainwright Inn just past Elterwater. Crossing the Great Langdale Beck the route goes though a slate quarry on its way to Little Langdale and the Three Shires Inn. From here, following the old miners route, we take in Slaters Bridge before visiting Cathedral Cave. The return to Monk Coniston is via Tilberthwaite Valley. 6.5 miles (10.5km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting from the Langdale Valley cross the hills to Tilberthwaite and the lower slopes of Wetherlam. We descend via the old workings of the Coppermines Valley and Miners’ Bridge. 9.5 miles (15.5km) with 2,100 feet (640m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the Langdale Valley enjoy dramatic exploration of the Coniston Fells via Oxendale Beck and Red Tarn, visiting the Three Shires Stone and summits of Great Carrs, Swirl How & Wetherlam via the Prison Band. 10 miles (16 km) with 3,450 feet (1,060m) of ascent.
A: Tarn Hows & Wetherlam
Available on: 28 May 2017, 11 Jun 2017, 25 Jun 2017, 9 Jul 2017, 30 Jul 2017, 27 Aug 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 24 Sep 2017, 7 Oct 2017, 28 Oct 2017
Enjoy a fantastic selection of walks right from the doorstep of Monk Coniston. Choose from walks that follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter to the stunningly picturesque Tarn Hows, or head to the summit of one of the local fells.
Easier Walk: Enjoy a pleasant stroll through the woods to Tarn Hows, returning via Yew Tree Farm, which was donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter and used for the film Miss Potter. 6 miles (10km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Visit the summits of two local hills, Black Crag and Holme Fell, the latter with its extensive views over southern Lakeland. 8.5 miles (13.5km) with 1,800 feet (560m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Ascend via Tilberthwaite Gill to the summit of Wetherlam, before descending via the disused workings of the Coppermines Valley. The ascent of Wetherlam requires the occasional
use of hands. 8.5 miles (13.5km) with 2,650 feet (820m) of ascent.
B: Loughrigg and the Scandale Fells
Available on: 29 May 2017, 12 Jun 2017, 26 Jun 2017, 10 Jul 2017, 31 Jul 2017, 28 Aug 2017, 11 Sep 2017, 25 Sep 2017, 8 Oct 2017, 29 Oct 2017
These walks focus around the popular small town of Ambleside. The walk around Loughrigg and Rydal Water is one of the best lower-level walks in the area; or alternatively gaze down on this spectacular landscape from the summit of Red Screes on the Scandale Fells.
Easier Walk: A delightful contouring circuit of Loughrigg Fell, visiting an enormous manmade cave, and with extensive views of four lakes and the surrounding mountains. This walk finishes in the popular Lake District town of Ambleside. 6.5 miles (10km) with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We walk from Ambleside to the picturesque High Sweden Bridge, continuing via Scandale Pass to the lofty summit of Red Screes. 9 miles (15km) with 2,600 feet (780m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A 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. 11.5 miles (18km) with 3,600 feet (1,100m) of ascent.
C: The Langdale Valley
Available on: 30 May 2017, 13 Jun 2017, 27 Jun 2017, 11 Jul 2017, 1 Aug 2017, 29 Aug 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 26 Sep 2017, 10 Oct 2017, 31 Oct 2017
The immense 'U'-shaped glacial valley of Langdale offers walks for all levels. Whether you're exploring the beautiful rolling countryside on the valley floor, or ascending one of the iconic peaks, a memorable day is assured.
Easier Walk: Starting from Skelwith Bridge we take in Skelwith and Colwith Forces before arriving in Little Langdale via the Cumbria Way. 7.5 miles (12km) with 1,350 feet (420m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Ascend Side Pike for superb views of iconic Great Langdale Valley, before ‘threading the needle’ (squeezing through a narrow fissure) to reach the summit of Lingmoor. Descent to Elterwater Village to join the Cumbria Way. 8.5 miles (14km) with 2,050 feet (620m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Climb two of the Lake District’s highest peaks. We first ascend via The Band to the top of Bow Fell, before continuing to the equally impressive Esk Pike. 9.5 miles (15.5km) with 3,300 feet (1,000m) of ascent.
D: Grasmere and Easedale
Available on: 1 Jun 2017, 15 Jun 2017, 29 Jun 2017, 13 Jul 2017, 3 Aug 2017, 31 Aug 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 28 Sep 2017, 11 Oct 2017, 1 Nov 2017
Today's walks start and finish from the village of 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.
Easier Walk: Starting from the village of Grasmere we’ll walk to Easedale Tarn, an impressive glacial lake. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: 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. 8 miles (13km) with 1,950 feet (580m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A longer circuit which ascends via Easedale Tarn to High Raise, returning along the Calf Crag ridge back to Grasmere. 10.5 miles (17.5km) with 2,850 feet (880m) of ascent.
E: The Coniston Fells
Available on: 2 Jun 2017, 16 Jun 2017, 30 Jun 2017, 14 Jul 2017, 4 Aug 2017, 1 Sep 2017, 15 Sep 2017, 29 Sep 2017, 12 Oct 2017, 2 Nov 2017
The summit of the 'Old Man' towers over Coniston - as one of the more accessible big fells it is a magnet for many walkers. Alternatively for a more relaxed day, the easier walk with its lake cruise is a real delight.
Easier Walk: Walk from Water Yeat to Monk Coniston via Brantwood – home of Victorian poet and artist John Ruskin – along the fell bordering the eastern side of Coniston Water, with excellent views of the lake below. Enjoy a cruise on the gondola from Brantwood to Monk Coniston. 5.5 miles (9km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: An 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,800 feet (860m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A challenging high-level circuit of four ‘Wainwright’ summits on the Coniston Fells, including the Old Man of Coniston. 11.5 miles (19km) with 3,550 feet (1,080m) of ascent.
Which break for me
Our best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.
We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:
Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes
Our Outdoor Escapes are ideally suited to working age guests. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with guests who also need to escape the working day.
During the day you can enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or relax in the lounge with new-found friends. For those that wish they'll also be informal evening activities on offer; perhaps a team quiz, or talk from a National Park ranger.
Outdoor Escapes at Conistonwater start on Sat 3 and Wed 7 June 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
Guided Walking - Classic Breaks
Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our long-standing guests
During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.
Classic Breaks at Conistonwater start on Sat 13 and Wed 17 May 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
See our full list of Classic Breaks
Other Guided Walking holidays at Conistonwater
Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits
Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks
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
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
Ravenglass & 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
Just a couple of miles from Monk Coniston, John Ruskin's former home commands superb views over the lake. www.brantwood.org.uk
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.
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
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays. www.levenshall.co.uk
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
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 to Conistonwater
Our address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ
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).
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.
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
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.
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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|3 Jun 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Conistonwater||4||£499.00||£449.00||Book Now|
|3 Jun 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Conistonwater||7||£819.00||£759.00||Book Now|
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|5 Jul 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
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|2 Aug 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater||3||£359.00||£339.00||Book Now|
|23 Aug 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater||3||£359.00||£339.00||Book Now|
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|30 Aug 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater||3||£359.00||£319.00||Book Now|
|6 Sep 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater||3||£359.00||£319.00||Book Now|
|9 Sep 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
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|13 Sep 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
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|23 Sep 2017||CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater||7||£819.00||£779.00||Book Now|
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