3-Night Southern Lake District Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Langdale Fell: Landscape of Langdale Fell in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England with a native Herdwick sheep …
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
from £295pp £255pp

Enjoy a break in the Lake District with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided holiday. Our historic 4-star country house, beautifully situated with views along Coniston Water is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed walk notes, and an inspirational location from which to explore the national park.

Holiday Highlights

  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions for exploring the local area
  • Head out on any of our walks to discover the varied beauty of the South Lakes on foot
  • Choose a valley bottom stroll or reach for the summits on fell walks and horseshoe hikes
  • Visit charming Lakeland villages
  • Choose your own pace of discovery and get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Cycle in nearby Grizedale Forest
  • Take a boat ride on the lake
  • Visit a National Trust property
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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


Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the magnificent mountain landscapes. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Around Tarn Hows - 2 miles
  • Coniston village - 3 miles
  • Windermere & Wray Castle - 3 miles
  • Brantwood to Monk Coniston - 3 miles
  • Tarn Hows - 4 miles
  • Hawkshead & Latterbarrow - 4 miles
  • Rydal Water & Loughrigg Terrace - 4 miles

Some longer walks on valley and lakeside paths, plus a few of the easier, lower fells. Experience the true flavour of Lakeland as you follow these varied routes.

  • Coniston & the Miner's Bridge - 5 miles
  • Tarn Hows & Yew Tree Farm - 6 miles
  • Grasmere & Rydal Water - 6 miles
  • Wansfell - 6 miles
  • Hawkshead - 7 miles
  • Latterbarrow, Windermere & Wray Castle - 8 miles

For those who love the high mountains. Expect some rough paths as you head to some of these famous summits, but there are plenty of rewards when you reach the top.

  • Langdale Pikes - 4 miles
  • Helm Crag - 8 miles
  • Bow Fell - 8 miles
  • Old Man of Coniston (out & back) - 8 miles
  • Old Man of Coniston - 10 miles
  • Wetherlam - 10 miles
  • Fairfield Horseshoe - 11 miles
  • Coniston Round - 11 miles

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

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

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 have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. 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.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

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 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 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

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
02 Oct - 05 Oct
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09 Oct - 12 Oct
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16 Oct - 19 Oct
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30 Oct - 02 Nov
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06 Nov - 09 Nov
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13 Nov - 16 Nov
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20 Nov - 23 Nov
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2021
26 Feb - 01 Mar
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05 Mar - 08 Mar
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26 Mar - 29 Mar
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02 Apr - 05 Apr
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09 Apr - 12 Apr
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30 Apr - 03 May
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07 May - 10 May
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29 May - 01 Jun
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26 Jun - 29 Jun
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01 Oct - 04 Oct
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15 Oct - 18 Oct
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05 Nov - 08 Nov
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19 Nov - 22 Nov
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26 Nov - 29 Nov
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1, 2, 3 & 4

3 nights from £295pp £255pp

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