Outdoor Escapes at Conistonwater

Guided Walking for guests escaping the working day

Code: CNBOE

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Newly Refurbished
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Harder
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Difficulty indicator

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.

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From £309.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

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, a great way to explore the great British countryside - take it easy on our easier walks, or relish the challenge of our longer or mountain 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.

Relax and admire magnificent mountain views from our Country House on the shores of Coniston Water.  Whether you appreciate the stunning mountain scenes with lakeside strolls, or enjoy guided walks to the high fells of the Lake District, these landscapes will set your spirits soaring.

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Accommodation

As a historic National Trust property, Monk Coniston is full of romantic, gothic-style charm. With a most attractive Lake District setting, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday.4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

 

Bedrooms

Monk Coniston has 33 bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the adjoining cottage and counting house. 

Our classic rooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available at no extra charge.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium room. Premium rooms are available at just £10 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family rooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.

 

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms. 

Monk Coniston has a comfortable lounge, an attractive dining room with lake views, and a bar and library. There is also a selection 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 with table tennis and Nintendo Wii.

Monk Coniston is surrounded by a large garden with views down to the lake. Outside there is a putting green and croquet lawn. The National Trust maintains a collection of rare trees in the grounds.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from our cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. The cold buffet offers a selection fruit, cereals, yoghurts, croissants and pastries. Hot dishes include porridge, sausages, bacon, choice of eggs, tomato, baked beans and mushrooms. Tea, coffee, toast and jams are served at the tables.

Choose from our self-select picnic lunches. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk from a member of the local mountain rescue team or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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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.

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • On arrival there is a gate, a cattle grid and a driveway leading towards the house.
  • It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door.
  • The surface of the car park is tarmac and slightly sloping
  • Assistance can be provided with luggage

Main entrance & reception

  • The main entrance has no steps and is 110cm wide
  • The reception area is a spacious 4m x 4.1m
  • All public rooms are available without encountering any further steps, with the exception of the games room
  • The floors on the ground floor are mainly carpeted. The games room has wooden block flooring and the gents’ toilet has a tiled floor

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • The width of the downstairs hallway is 222cm. Leading off the main hallway are lounge, dining room, library, downstairs toilets and bar with access to the main staircase

Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc

  • In the main lounge there are various chairs, tables and settees. Seating for approximately 50 guests

Public WCs

  • There are both ladies and gents toilets on the ground floor, accessed without any steps
  • Ladies toilet is carpeted and the gents’ has a tiled floor
  • Further public bathrooms are available for those bedrooms that are not en-suite

Dining room & bar

  • The dining room is situated on the ground floor with level access
  • 7 round tables, each seating maximum of 8 guests
  • Tables have an under space of 70cm high by 137cm wide
  • All meals served are with waitress service
  • The carpeted bar area has chairs and circular tables

Laundry & boot room

  • Laundry facilities are available in the boot room, which is located in a separate building with level access
  • Washing machine & dryer are available in the boot room free of charge
  • Ample drying space
  • Tiled flooring

Games room

  • Evening entertainment frequently held in games room (4 slate steps to access, each step is 22cm high, 22cm deep and 110cm wide)
  • The games room is 14m wide and 5.5m long

Bedrooms

  • None of the rooms has been specifically designed for wheelchair users
  • In the main house all bedrooms are on the 1st floor. The main staircase has 24 steps, each step is 16cm high, 30cm deep and 112cm wide
  • In the annexe, cottages and Counting House there are bedrooms both on the ground floor and on the 1st floor
  • The rooms best suited for anyone with restricted mobility would be 24 and 25, situated in the Counting House

Room 24 & 25:

  • Access is via 4 slate steps with hand rails
  • Each step is 7cm high, 30cm deep and 130cm wide
  • Twin rooms with en-suite (shower). Standard height beds
  • The floor is carpeted
  • En-suite bathroom with shower

Grounds and gardens

  • Large level garden around the house. Mainly with lawns and flower beds. Shrubbery and wooded areas
  • 3 steps to access the main front lawn

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

Experience the very best of the Lake District on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood. 

Sunday: Grasmere & Fairfield

Option 1: Laid Back

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage at Grasmere

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Discover the delightful scenery surrounding Grasmere and Rydal Water. Enjoy panoramic views from White Moss Common, and pass Wordsworth’s former homes at Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage.

Don’t miss: There's much to see in Grasmere. 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: Leg Stretcher

Overlooking Grasmere from Helm Crag

Distance: 8 miles

The walk in a nutshell: 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 to Grasmere.

Don’t miss: The view over Grasmere from the summit of Helm Crag. There'll also be time to explore the village at the end of the walk.

Option 3: Full On

Mountains of the Fairfield Horseshoe

Distance: 10½ miles

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 at the Golden Rule Inn at Ambleside will be richly deserved after this challenging but rewarding walk.

Monday: Eskdale and Scafell

Option 1: Laid Back

Red steam locomotive on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Distance: 4 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Hardknott Pass to walk in the beautiful valley of Eskdale. After a morning walk, we'll catch the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway to the coast for a further walk along the beach to a Roman bath house.

Don’t miss: The train journey through lovely valleys and woodland affords great views of the lofty Lake District fells.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

Wast Water and its surrounding mountains

Distance: 8 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the skyline above Wast Water, taking in the summits of Whin Rigg and Illgill Head. We finish at Wasdale Head, a magnificent spot, surrounded by some of Lakeland's highest peaks.

Don’t miss: Savour the magnificent setting as you relax at the Wasdale Head Inn at the end of your walk.

Option 3: Full On

The rugged cliffs of Scafell

Distance: 9 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A big day out, with an early start, as we ascend to the summit of Scafell from Eskdale; at 964 metres high it's England's second-tallest peak.

Don’t miss: That 'on top of the world' feeling when you reach the summit and get to gaze down over the other Lake District fells.

Tuesday: Troutbeck and the Far Eastern Fells

Option 1: Laid Back

Ambleside and Lake Windermere

Distance: 6 miles

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: Leg Stretcher

View over Windermere from the summit of Wansfell

Distance: 7 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Discover the impressive Stock Ghyll waterfalls as you ascend to the top of Wansfell on this circular walk from Ambleside.

Don’t miss: Wansfell may be modest on height, but it commands one of the Lake District's best views along the length of Windermere.

Option 3: Full On

Two walkers heading to the summit of Froswick

Distance: 9 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A great high level traverse from the Kirkstone Pass that takes in Stony Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Beacon and the spectacular ridge over the summits of Froswick, lll Bell and Yoke.

Don’t miss: The final ridge, one arm of the Kentmere horseshoe, is one to savour.

Wednesday: A day to explore independently

There's plenty to enjoy locally. You may enjoy one of these options, or see the other suggestions on the 'local area' tab.

Windermere

Steamer sailing along Windermere

Take a cruise along the length of Windermere - England's largest lake. Ferries link Ambleside in the north to Bowness and Lakeside in the south, where you can connect with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

Grizedale Forest

Fern sculpture at Grizedale Forest

Nearby Grizedale Forest has plenty to do, including the popular sculpture trail. Alternatively, you could hire a bike to explore one of the many off-road trails. If you're feeling more adventurous there's also a 'Go Ape' high ropes course.

Self-guided walks

Discovery Point with self-guided route notes

Our Discovery Point at Monk Coniston contains a wealth of recommended walking routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

Thursday: Coniston and its Fells

Option 1: Laid Back

Steam yacht gondola on Conistonwater

Distance: 4 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A morning walk to Coniston village taking in the Coppermines Valley. In the afternoon we'll cruise down the lake to Brantwood House, the former home of John Ruskin, before a short and pleasant walk back to Monk Coniston.

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

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

Slaters Bridge in Little Langdale

Distance: 7 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A charming walk takes us from beautiful Elterwater, through the peaceful green valley of Little Langdale, and back to Monk Coniston.

Don’t miss: The incredible Cathedral Cave, one of the Lake District's hidden gems, is awe-inspiring in its scale.

Option 3: Full On

Path descending the Old Man of Coniston

Distance: 11 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Tackle the Coniston Horseshoe; a challenging high-level circuit of four ‘Wainwright’ summits, including the Old Man of Coniston.

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.

Friday: Hawkshead or Langdale

Option 1: Laid Back

Exterior of Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Distance: 4 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter - we'll visit her house at Hill Top before walking to the historic village of Hawkshead.

Don’t miss: Stop to enjoy Moss Eccles Tarn, on which Potter’s The Tale of Jeremy Fisher is based, and soak up the splendid views of the Langdale Pikes.

Option 2: Leg Stretcher

Dramatic valley of Great Langdale

Distance: 7½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the skyline of the Langdale Valley over Pike O’Blisco, Blea Tarn & Side Pike. Throughout the day there are great views over this immense 'u-shaped' valley and its surrounding peaks.

Don’t miss: Celebrate the completion of your walk at the Sticklebarn; the National Trust's popular pub in Langdale.

Option 3: Full On

Summits of the Langdale Pikes

Distance: 9½ miles

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. Expect typically rough Lakeland paths, especially the descent of Rossett Gill.

Don’t miss: The fantastic view down over Langdale from the summit of Pike O'Stickle.

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).

 Pendolino train at speed

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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

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3 Jun 2017 CNBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Conistonwater 4 £499.00 £449.00 Special Offer - Save £50 pp Book Now
3 Jun 2017 CNBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Conistonwater 7 £819.00 £749.00 Save £70 pp Book Now
7 Jun 2017 CNBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Conistonwater 3 £359.00 £309.00 Special Offer - Save £50 pp Book Now

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