5-Night Southern Lake District Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Lake District / Cumbria - Wast Water
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided Walking Holidays for Solos
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £555pp

A Guided Walking holiday based in the National Trust’s historic Monk Coniston Hall, overlooking Coniston Water. It's the ideal way to explore the beautiful lakes and mountains in the Lake District National Park and meet other solo travellers. Enjoy a choice of guided walks day to make the most of the area and to get to know your fellow walkers.

Holiday Highlights

  • Ascend mountain summits in the Southern Lake District
  • Walk by lakes and tarns and visit the Lakeland stone villages
  • 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 in our country house. There's no extra charge for single rooms
  • A full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
  • Relax in our 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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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Tarn Hows

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m) 

In Summary: Walk in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter through the woods from Monk Coniston to the stunningly beautiful lake of Tarn Hows, returning via Yew Tree Farm; a great walk right on the doorstep.

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

 

Option 2 - Tom Heights

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

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

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

 

Option 3 - Tarn Hows, Carron Crag & Brantwood

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

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

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

 


Option 1 - Troutbeck to Ambleside

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m)

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

Highlight: There's plenty of time to explore the popular town of Ambleside or relax by the lakeshore.

 

Option 2 - Elterwater & Loughrigg

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: We start today's walk by following the Cumbria Way to the village of Elterwater. Ascending to Loughrigg fell we are treated to jaw dropping views over the Langdales and across Rydal Water, before beginning our descent to Ambleside.

Highlight: Spectacular views from the tracks around Loughrigg Fell.

 

Option 3 - Wansfell

Distance: 7.9 miles (12.7km)

Ascent: 1840 ft (561m)

In Summary: Enjoy views from Wansfell Pike before descending to Troutbeck and following the route taken by the easier group back to Ambleside. 

Highlight: Beatrix Potter used to live at Troutbeck Park Farm, where she bred herdwick sheep. The property, and the sheep are now the property of the National Trust.

 


Option 1 - Wharton Tarn, Grizedale and Brantwood

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (430m)

In summary: A wooded walk to Wharton Tarn. Walk around the tarn before entering Grizedale Forest. The forest gives way to open fell affording excellent views of Coniston Water. Continue to Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin.

Highlight: The easy descent to Brantwood over open fell with spectacular lake and mountain views.

Option 2 - Coniston to Hawkshead

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In summary: Walk to Hawkshead village via Grizedale Forest and return over fields and open fell to Tarn Hows.

Highlight: Hawkshead with its myriad of narrow alleyways and connections with Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Option 3 - Yewdale Fell and Black Crag

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 2400 feet (730m)

Summary: A walk on the Yewdale Fells taking in Goat Crag and Tilberthwaite Gill, continuing to Black Crag for excellent views of the Coniston, Langdale and Troutbeck fells.

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


Option 1 - Langdale Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

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

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

 

Option 2 - Stickle Tarn

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In Summary: We start today's walk in Skelwith Bridge, passing Loughrigg Tarn before ascending to Swinescar Pike and Stickle Tarn. We end the walk at the New Dungeon Ghyll pub, where we'll have the opportunity to stop for a refreshing drink!

Highlight: Stickle Tarn was enlarged by the building of a stone dam in 1838 and is used to supply water for the inhabitants of Langdale.

 

Option 3 - Above Langdale

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 2,200 feet (680m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: 'Threading the needle' (squeezing through a narrow fissure) to reach the summit of Lingmoor, and its classic view of the Langdale Pikes.

 

 


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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 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.

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

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.

Essentials

  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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

Guest Reviews

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.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
31 Oct - 05 Nov 2021
5 Version 1 £555 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Guided Walking Holidays for Solos
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

5 nights from £555pp

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