Southern Lake District Langdale 10 Challenge Weekend

Coniston Water in the English Lake District
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Adventure Walks
Walking Grade: 6
from £365pp £315pp

We’ve one day’s warm up and then we’re straight into our challenge. An absolute classic – this route takes on 10 Wainwrights in one day, tackling 4,850 feet (1,520m) of ascent and clocking up 14 miles (22km) over some pretty tough terrain – and that doesn’t include the miles already under your belt from the Saturday warm up! For those tough enough, this challenge treats you to routes summiting some of the Lake Districts finest Lakeland peaks, and gives you plenty to boast about when you’re back home at the end of your holiday.

Holiday Highlights

  • Summit some of the Southern Lake District's finest peaks
  • Take on the challenge of 10 Wainrights in a day!
  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the South Lakes on foot
  • Let our experienced leaders bring classic routes and hidden gems to life
  • Visit charming Lakeland villages
  • Relax at the end of an epic day, in the comfort of our Country House accommodation

What’s included

  • Full board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
  • Adventurous walking
  • Stay at the beautiful National Trust property, Monk Coniston, overlooking Coniston Water

Trip Notes

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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 when you can meet your leader and get ready for the challenge ahead.


Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Total Ascent: 2,650 feet (820m)

Chance to test out your calves with a yomp up Tilberthwaite Gill to the summit of Wetherlam, before descending via the disused workings of the Coppermines Valley. 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.


Distance: 14 miles (22km)

Total Ascent: 4,850 feet (1,520m)

Today is far from a Sunday stroll; this is a classic Lake District challenge! We’ll be starting our day from the climbers' haunt – the Old Dungeon Ghyll (it will be closed so that’s plenty of motivation to get going!), and working our way from the Langdale valley floor via the Band, and then onto Bow Fell, the first of today’s Wainwrights. We then keep up the pace, ticking off another nine Wainwrights: Esk Pike, Rossett Crag, Pike O’Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark, Thurnacar Knott, High Raise, and finally – our last summit of the day – Sergeant Man. We then follow Stickle Ghyll back down to the Langdale Valley and the pub to celebrate one heck of an achievement.

 


Enjoy a final 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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Getting to Monk Coniston

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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
04 Oct - 07 Oct Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £365 £315 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
2020
01 May - 04 May Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £409 Available Book Now
13 Jun - 16 Jun Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £409 Available Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks
Walking Grade:
6

3 nights from £365pp £315pp

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