5-Night Southern Lake District Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Lake District / Cumbria - Wast Water
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Solos Holidays
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £352pp £312pp

A Guided Walking holiday based in the National Trust’s historic Monk Coniston Hall, overlooking Coniston Water, is the ideal way to explore the beautiful lakes and mountains in the Lake District National Park.

Holiday Highlights

  • Ascend the mountain summits of the Old Man of Coniston, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes
  • Walk by lakes and tarns and visit the Lakeland stone villages of Grasmere and Hawkshead
  • Discover the area’s literary connections with William Wordsworth, Arthur Ransome, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter
  • Walk past abandoned copper mines and slate quarries, now blending into the landscape, evidence of Lakeland’s rich industrial past

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities. There's no extra charge for single rooms.
  • Choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
  • Relax in the Gothic-style Country House with its lakeside location and glorious views
  • We pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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. 


Option 1 - Langdale Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

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 - 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.

Accessibility

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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

Guest Reviews

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

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
18 Sep - 23 Sep 2019 Itinerary £629 £599 Unavailable
2020
06 Mar - 09 Mar 2019 Itinerary £352 £312 Unavailable
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Solos Holidays
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

5 nights from £352pp £312pp

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