New for 2020

Southern Lake District Pub Walks Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Walks with a theme
from £395pp £365pp

Short breaks rewarded with a pub lunch en route and the chance to sample local ale at the end of the day. Choose from a high summer weekend when we can hopefully sit out and bask, or one in the autumn when the nights are starting to draw in and cosy pubs’ interiors beckon. Two cracking walks on each break, but just as importantly, character pubs too.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic walks taking in some of the best South and Central Lake District Scenery
  • Enjoy a pub lunch on each of the two walks and sample a pint or two of the local brew at the end. We search out the best independent pubs on the best routes
  • Let an experienced leader bring classic routes to life
  • Relax in the comfort & charm of historic Monk Coniston.

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
  • A two-course pub lunch each walking day (drinks not included)
  • Great walking in the company of an experienced HF Holidays walk leader
  • Our country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying room for your boots and kit.

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.


Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Visit remote Torver tarn with superb views of the Coniston fells, before reaching Torver village where we'll stop for some lunch. After that we'll stroll across fields to reach the shores of Coniston Water and follow the Cumbria Way back to Coniston. The red telephone box outside the village store in Torver has been converted into a seven foot tall fish tank! The family owned Wilsons Arms sits snug in the shadow of the Old Man of Consiton and Dow Crag. With a log fire, and open beams it gives a combination of modern and traditional, creating a captivatingly cosy feel.


Distance/Ascent to be confirmed

With a steepish start from Ambleside, blow the cobwebs out and take in the superb views from Wansfell Pike before dropping down to The Mortal Man at Troutbeck for lunch. The Mortal Man Inn is a good old-fashioned English pub, which just happens to be set in the most gorgeous location. The traditional bar comprises three separate sections, each cosy with its own log fire. We continue south down the valley after lunch to Troutbeck Bridge.


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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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

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Holiday Prices

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2020
04 Jul - 07 Jul Version 1 (runs 2020) £409 £379 Save £30 Per Person Book Now
23 Oct - 26 Oct Version 1 (runs 2020) £395 £365 Save £30 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
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New for 2020

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