Southern Lake District Guided Walking Holiday

Explore the Lake District on foot

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £289.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Monk Coniston in 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. 

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Lounge
  • Dining room with lake views
  • Bar
  • Library
  • 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

Dining

An example of Conistonwater evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the age and the layout of Monk Coniston, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility. There are ground floor en-suite bedrooms in the Counting House, but this building is access via steps.

More details on Coniston accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Discover the Lake District on Foot

Explore the very best of the Lake District on our guided walks. We offer the opportunity to climb famous summits including Bow Fell, the Langdale Pikes and the Old Man of Coniston. Alternatively explore the beautiful valleys and lakeside paths; seeking out secret corners such as Cathedral Cave in Little Langdale. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Monk Coniston

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier walks 

Tarn Hows

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium 

Medium walks

Grasmere

HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder

Harder walks

Old Man of Coniston

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 1 Mar 2019, 4 Mar 2019, 8 Mar 2019, 11 Mar 2019, 22 Mar 2019, 1 Nov 2019, 4 Nov 2019, 8 Nov 2019, 11 Nov 2019, 15 Nov 2019, 18 Nov 2019

Two pheasants in the snowGuided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Lake District - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.

Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.

See our Spring & Winter Walks for further details.


Tarn Hows & Wetherlam

Available on: 30 Mar 2019, 7 May 2019, 22 May 2019, 9 Jun 2019, 23 Jun 2019, 14 Jul 2019, 4 Aug 2019, 25 Aug 2019, 8 Sep 2019, 28 Sep 2019, 15 Oct 2019, 26 Oct 2019

Option 1: Tarn Hows

Walkers in the woods near Monk Coniston

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Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Yew Tree Farm was donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter and used for the film Miss Potter.

Option 2: Black Crag & Holme Fell

Tarn Hows lake

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Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Monk Coniston past Tarn Hows to the summits of two local hills, Black Crag and Holme Fell.

Don’t miss: Holme Fell may be modest in height, but it commands extensive views over southern Lakeland.

Option 3: Wetherlam

Walkers on the top of the Old Man of Coniston

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Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 2,650 feet (820m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend via Tilberthwaite Gill to the summit of Wetherlam, before descending via the disused workings of the Coppermines Valley

Don’t miss: The 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.


The Langdale Valley

Available on: 31 Mar 2019, 9 May 2019, 24 May 2019, 12 Jun 2019, 26 Jun 2019, 17 Jul 2019, 7 Aug 2019, 28 Aug 2019, 11 Sep 2019, 1 Oct 2019, 17 Oct 2019, 29 Oct 2019

Option 1: The Langdale Valleys

Herdwick sheep

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Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: Beautiful Blea Tarn, with its impressive views of some of the Lake District's most famous peaks.

Option 2: Above Langdale

Glacial Langdale Valley

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Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (680m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: '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
 

View down Langdale

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Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m)

The walk in a nutshell: Climb 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. 

Don’t miss: There's a great sense of achievement in scaling two of the best summits in the Lake District, on this challenging but rewarding walk.


Exploring Coniston and its Fells

Available on: 9 Apr 2019, 12 May 2019, 26 May 2019, 16 Jun 2019, 30 Jun 2019, 21 Jul 2019, 18 Aug 2019, 1 Sep 2019, 8 Oct 2019, 19 Oct 2019

Option 1: Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows lake

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

Option 2: Tom Heights

Yew Tree Farm

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Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total 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 3: Old Man of Coniston

Summit of the Old Man of Coniston

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Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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. 

Don’t miss: On a clear day the view from the top of the 'Old Man' is particularly impressive - keep your eyes peeled for the Blackpool Tower.


Grasmere and Fairfield

Available on: 10 Apr 2019, 13 May 2019, 27 May 2019, 17 Jun 2019, 1 Jul 2019, 22 Jul 2019, 19 Aug 2019, 2 Sep 2019, 9 Oct 2019, 20 Oct 2019

Option 1: Grasmere & Rydal Water

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage at Grasmere

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Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover 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.

Don’t miss: 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: Great Rigg & Heron Pike

Overlooking Grasmere from Helm Crag

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Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 2,400 feet (740m)

The walk in a nutshell: Make 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.

Don’t miss: The view over Windermere as you descend one arm of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Option 3: Fairfield Horseshoe

Mountains of the Fairfield Horseshoe

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Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 3,350 feet (1,020m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: A celebratory pint will be richly deserved after this challenging but rewarding walk.


The Langdale Fells

Available on: 11 Apr 2019, 15 May 2019, 29 May 2019, 19 Jun 2019, 3 Jul 2019, 24 Jul 2019, 21 Aug 2019, 4 Sep 2019, 10 Oct 2019, 22 Oct 2019

Option 1: Langdale Valley

Colwith Force waterfall

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Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Langdale Valley past Elterwater village, to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel through increasingly grand scenery. 

Don’t miss: The two spectacular waterfalls of Colwith Force and Skelwith Force; two of the best cascades in the Lake District.

Option 2: Crinkle Crags

The five summits of Crinkle Crags

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Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)

The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy this high-level traverse along the aptly named Crinkle Crags with its undulating five mini-summits.

Don’t miss: Negotiating the ‘Bad Step’ – a short scramble over an impressive chock stone wedged between the crags.

Option 3: Langdale Pikes

Summits of the Langdale Pikes

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Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 3,050 feet (940m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the popular Langdale Pikes with visits to the summits of Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Pike O’Stickle and Rossett Pike. 

Don’t miss: This walk along the Langdale skyline contains some of Lakeland's most iconic peaks. 


Troutbeck and the Far Eastern Fells

Available on: 13 Apr 2019, 16 May 2019, 30 May 2019, 20 Jun 2019, 4 Jul 2019, 25 Jul 2019, 22 Aug 2019, 5 Sep 2019, 23 Oct 2019

Option 1: Troutbeck to Ambleside

Ambleside and Lake Windermere

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Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy fabulous views of Windermere from the lower slopes of Wansfell on a walk from 17th century Jesus Church at Troutbeck to Ambleside.

Don’t miss: There's plenty of time to explore the popular town of Ambleside or relax by the lakeshore.

Option 2: Sallows & Sour Howes

View over Windermere from the summit of Wansfell

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Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2000 feet (620m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting in Troutbeck we ascend the quiet fell of Sallows. The walk returns into Troutbeck village passing an old coaching inn, before continuing to Ambleside along gentle paths via Skelghyll Woods.

Don’t miss: Enjoy wide ranging views along Windermere, and over Morecambe Bay beyond.

Option 3: Far Eastern Fells

Two walkers heading to the summit of Froswick

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Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)

The walk in a nutshell: A 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 over the summits of Froswick, lll Bell and Yoke.

Don’t miss: The spectacular ridgeline traverse of Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke, is one to savour.


Little Langdale & the Coniston Fells

Available on: 14 Apr 2019, 17 May 2019, 31 May 2019, 21 Jun 2019, 5 Jul 2019, 26 Jul 2019, 23 Aug 2019, 6 Sep 2019, 24 Oct 2019

Option 1: Little Langdale

Slaters Bridge in Little Langdale

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Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total 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 2: Langdale to Coniston

Tilberthwaite Valley

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Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the Langdale Valley to Coniston, crossing the lower slopes of Wetherlam and descending via the Copermines Valley.

Don’t miss: The narrow chasm of Tilberthwaite Gill, carved from the slopes of Wetherlam.

Option 3: Swirl How & Wetherlam

Wetherlam

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Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,450 feet (1,060m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the Langdale Valley enjoy a mountain walk over the Coniston Fells via the summits of Great Carrs, Swirl How & Wetherlam.

Don’t miss: The ridge walk from the Wrynose Pass to the top of Great Carrs is a great way to ascend into the Coniston Fells.


Loughrigg and the Scandale Fells

Available on: 8 May 2019, 23 May 2019, 10 Jun 2019, 24 Jun 2019, 15 Jul 2019, 5 Aug 2019, 26 Aug 2019, 9 Sep 2019, 29 Sep 2019, 16 Oct 2019, 27 Oct 2019

Option 1: Loughrigg circuit

View over Grasmere from Lougrigg Terrace

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Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: A 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.

Don’t miss: The immense Rydal Caves, with their wonderful views over Rydal Water.

Option 2: Red Screes

View over Rydal Water and Windermere

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Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (780m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Ambleside to the picturesque High Sweden Bridge, continuing via Scandale Pass to the lofty summit of Red Screes.

Don’t miss: The sense of achievement as you climb the final steps onto the summit of Red Screes and get to gaze out along Windermere.

Option 3: Red Screes & Dove Crag

Walkers on Red Screes

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Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Total ascent: 3,600 feet (1,100m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: With four 'Wainwright' summits to bag, this is a great walk for a keen walker.


The Coniston Fells

Available on: 10 May 2019, 14 Jun 2019, 28 Jun 2019, 19 Jul 2019, 9 Aug 2019, 30 Aug 2019, 13 Sep 2019, 3 Oct 2019, 31 Oct 2019

Option 1: Brantwood & Gondola

Steam yacht gondola on Conistonwater

 

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Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the fells along the eastern side of Coniston Water, enjoying excellent views of the lake below. We'll stop at Brantwood, home of Victorian poet and artist John Ruskin, before continuing to Monk Coniston aboard the gondola.

Don’t miss: The cruise up Coniston Water aboard the National Trust's restored steam yacht gondola; a fantastic way to appreciate this magnificent setting.

Option 2: Old Man of Coniston

Coniston Coppermines

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Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: The 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 Horseshoe

Path descending the Old Man of Coniston

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Distance: 11½ miles (19km)

Total ascent: 3,550 feet (1,080m)

The walk in a nutshell: A challenging high-level circuit of four ‘Wainwright’ summits on the Coniston Fells: Dow Crag, the Old Man, Brim Fell, and Swirl How.

Don’t miss: Fantastic high-level walking, including the rugged descent of Prison Band.

 


Grasmere and Easedale

Available on: 13 Jun 2019, 27 Jun 2019, 18 Jul 2019, 8 Aug 2019, 29 Aug 2019, 12 Sep 2019, 2 Oct 2019, 30 Oct 2019

Option 1: Grasmere & Easedale

View over Grasmere

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Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total 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 2: Helm Crag & Calf Crag

The rocky summit of Helm Crag

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Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total 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 3: High Raise

High Raise Lake District

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Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

The walk in a nutshell: A longer circuit which ascends Sergeant Man via Easedale Tarn to High Raise, returning along the Calf Crag ridge back to Grasmere.

Don’t miss: The return walk along the ridge to Helm Crag is a fine conclusion to this walk.

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Three walkers walking up a mountainOur 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.

Holidays operate throughout the year - see the dates & prices tab.

Outdoor Escapes

Guests in the bar on an Outdoor Escapes holidayOutdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and short breaks; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.

Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including action packed mountain walks for those who want to aim high. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights. 

Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star Country House with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.

Outdoor Escapes at Conistonwater start on Sat 18 May, Sat 6 July, Tues 9 July, Sat 27 July and Fri 4 October 2019

Gentle Walking

NEW from HF HolidaysWalkers in the woods near Monk ConistonThis easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Lake District; ideal if you want to take things a little slower. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Gentle Guided Walking at Conistonwater start on Mon 22 April and Fri 26 April 2019

Spring & Winter Walking

Two pheasants in the snowJoin us on our specially tailored itinerary – complete with a choice of walks specially selected for the season.

  • Enjoy a choice of specially selected walks each day
  • Finish at a cosy pub or tea room
  • Experience breathtaking Lake District scenery without the crowds!

We operate these walks between November and Easter - see Spring & Winter Walking at Conistonwater for further details

Other Guided Walking holidays at Conistonwater

Guided Walking for Solos - all our famous guided walks, with like-minded solo company

Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visit that allow you to see the best of the local area

Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks

Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike

Local area

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 on Coniston WaterSteam 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

 

Steam locomotive on the Ravenglass & Eskdale railwayRavenglass & 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

 

Brantwood House

Just a couple of miles from Monk Coniston, John Ruskin's former home commands superb views over the lake. www.brantwood.org.uk

Tarn Hows
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.

Grizedale Forest
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

Levens Hall with impressive topiary in the gardenLevens Hall
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays. www.levenshall.co.uk

 

 

 

Dove Cottage, home to William WordsworthGrasmere
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

 

 

Steamer on WindermereWindermere

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

Travel to Conistonwater

Our address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Bus

By bus:

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

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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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Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
1 Mar 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Offer Book Now
1 Mar 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 3 £339.00 £294.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £45 Per Person Book Now
4 Mar 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 4 £435.00 £365.00 Save £70 Per Person Book Now
8 Mar 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 3 £339.00 £294.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £45 Per Person Book Now
8 Mar 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Offer Book Now
11 Mar 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 4 £435.00 £365.00 Save £70 Per Person Book Now
22 Mar 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 3 £339.00 £294.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £45 Per Person Book Now
29 Mar 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £365.00 £320.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £45 Per Person Book Now
8 Apr 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £799.00 £724.00 Save £75 off pp Book Now
8 Apr 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £495.00 £455.00 Save £40 Per Person Book Now
12 Apr 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £365.00 £320.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £45 Per Person Book Now
6 May 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 5 £629.00 £569.00 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
11 May 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
11 May 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Early Booking OFFER Book Now
14 May 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
21 May 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
25 May 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Early Booking OFFER Book Now
25 May 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
28 May 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
8 Jun 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Early Booking OFFER Book Now
8 Jun 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
15 Jun 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Early Booking OFFER Book Now
15 Jun 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
18 Jun 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
22 Jun 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
29 Jun 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp Book Now
29 Jun 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
2 Jul 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
13 Jul 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
13 Jul 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp Book Now
16 Jul 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
20 Jul 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
20 Jul 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £819.00 Save £60 off pp Book Now
3 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp Book Now
3 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
6 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
17 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp Book Now
17 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
24 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
24 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp Book Now
27 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
31 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
31 Aug 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp Book Now
3 Sep 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
7 Sep 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 £340.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £35 Per Person Book Now
7 Sep 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £879.00 £829.00 Save £50 off pp - Special Early Booking OFFER Book Now
10 Sep 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
27 Sep 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £799.00 £724.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Early Booking Summer OFFER Book Now
27 Sep 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
30 Sep 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £495.00 £425.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
7 Oct 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £495.00 £425.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
14 Oct 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £495.00 £425.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
18 Oct 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £799.00 £699.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking October OFFER Book Now
18 Oct 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
21 Oct 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £495.00 £425.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
25 Oct 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
25 Oct 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking October OFFER Book Now
28 Oct 2019 CNBOB - Guided Walking - Conistonwater 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
4 Nov 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
8 Nov 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 7 £725.00 £600.00 Save £125 off pp - Special Early Booking TOP OFFER Book Now
8 Nov 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
11 Nov 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
18 Nov 2019 CNBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Conistonwater 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now

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Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them. 

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