Southern Lake District Walking with Sightseeing Tour 2024

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : June 21 and September 6
Start: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria, England
End: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria, England
Southern Lake District Walking with Sightseeing Tour: 7 nights based at Monk Coniston, Conistonwater, Cambria, Southern Lake District

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

These holidays offer a perfect mix of short, guided walks (4-5 miles), combined with time spent sightseeing. Visit a selection of standout highlights in the Southern Lake District with hassle-free coach travel and the help of an experienced leader.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Exploring the Coppermines Valley, rich in the Lake District’s industrial heritage
  • Taking a trip on the restored National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola 
  • Discovering the impressive Cathedral Caves 
  • Visiting charming Lakeland villages
  • Discovering places that inspired Wordsworth, Ruskin, and Beatrix Potter
  • Views of the rugged mountain landscapes and scenic lakes

Pick Up Location & TIme

Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Monk Coniston
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast daily (B)
  • Daily packed lunches (L)
  • Dinner each night: Three-course plus tea & coffee (D)
  • Guided walks and sightseeing visits with an experienced Leader
  • All transport to and from walks and sites of interest

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 1 tea

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway stations is Windermere)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £15 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. 

Walking tours with sightseeing include:

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from cream tea on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
  • Entrance fees are not included – choose locally 

The Walking tour with Sightseeing program is a combination of Guided Walking Tours and Discovery Tours to give you the best of both touring styles. 

Enjoy easier walks (6 – 8 km) that let sightseeing take center stage. We offer carefully-curated itineraries that balance sights, hikes, and activities. Let our experienced Leader introduce you to the heart of a region, highlighting the history, heritage, landmarks, wildlife, and more. 

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival. (D, T)

Accommodation: Monk Coniston

Day 2Grasmere and Rydal

Option 1 – Rydal and Grasmere

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In summary: From White Moss, we cross between the two lakes of Grasmere and Rydal, to enjoy a lovely path along the south shore of Rydal Water. This then brings us to Rydal Village with its Hall and beautiful grounds. After exploring we then take the ‘Coffin Route’ on to the pretty village of Grasmere. Here we have plenty of time to take in the surrounds and learn more about William Wordsworth, with options including a visit to the National Trust’s Allen Bank property or Dove Cottage. For some, a trip to the famous Gingerbread Shop might be more appealing!

Highlight: The stunning waterfall in the grounds of Rydal Hall. The artists’ grotto at the bottom of the falls has a window which frames the falls perfectly. 

Option 2 – Ambleside to Grasmere

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In summary: We begin in Ambleside, leaving Rothay Park, and skirt beneath Loughrigg Fell, to pass Rydal Water into the village of Rydal. After visiting Rydal Hall and grounds we continue via the ‘Coffin Route’ past Dove Cottage to Grasmere. There will be time to explore this lovely village with its connections to William Wordsworth and of course sample the famous gingerbread. 

Highlight: Grasmere with its connections to William Wordsworth, don’t forget to seek out his grave in the village churchyard.   

Option 3 – Grasmere and Rydal Round

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In summary: This walk is a charming loop from Grasmere village of both Grasmere and Rydal Water. We leave the village via the Red Bank road to join the lake path. We follow this route to Rydal village passing the atmospheric Rydal Cave before continuing to Rydal village via Rydal Hall and its grounds. The ‘Coffin Route’ takes us back to Grasmere. 

Highlight: Impressive Rydal Cave, a man made relic of the slate mining history in the area. 

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Monk Coniston

Day 3 Coniston and the Coppermines

Option 1 – Coniston

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 420 feet (120m)

In summary: A walk on good tracks via the Cumbria Way and Shepherd Bridge into the bustling village of Coniston. We then head down to the lakeshore followed by a short walk back to the house. Explore the village of Coniston and its fascinating history with a visit to the Ruskin Museum, telling the story of Coniston since 1901 or choose to take a cruise on the National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola on beautiful Coniston Water.

Highlight: Conistonwater, a stunning lake with an interesting history. With the late Donald Campbell and his world speed records on water in the 1950s and 1960s as well as the Venetian style Gondola which cruises daily, just as it would have done in Victorian times.   

Option 2 – Coppermines and Coniston

Distance: 6 miles (9km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In summary: We walk from the house and skirt the village of Coniston to ascend into the impressive Coppermines Valley with its fascinating mining history. We then head down over the Miners Bridge, to Coniston village and on to the lakeshore, before walking the final short stretch back to the house. There will be time to explore Coniston village or you may prefer to enjoy a relaxing cruise on the National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola.

Highlight: The fascinating history of copper mining in the area is all around us on this walk. 

Option 3 – Coppermines Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m) 

In summary: As with option 2 we walk from the house and skirt the village of Coniston to head into the Coppermines Valley. On this walk we take our exploration of the old mining areas further. Wander around the waterwheels and old mining equipment at the Coppermines Heritage Centre and learn about the rich industrial heritage.  

Highlight: Walk in the footsteps of an 18th century miner as well as that feeling of being amongst the fells. 

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Monk Coniston

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Monk Coniston

Day 5Haverthwaite, Windermere & Blackwell

Option 1 – Little Langdale and Elterwater

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

In summary: We begin our walk following a lane past High Park to Stang End and into the picturesque Little Langdale valley. We visit the impressive Cathedral Cave and the historic Slater Bridge. We then continue through Little Langdale village and on to end in the village of Elterwater with its characterful pub.

Highlight: Cathedral Cave one of the hidden gems of the Lake District. 

Option 2 – Skelwith Bridge to Elterwater

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

In summary: From Skelwith Bridge our walk takes us by two beautiful waterfalls Skelwith Force and Colwith Force into the Little Langdale Valley. We then visit Cathedral Cave and the iconic Slater Bridge before heading into Little Langdale village and then on to Elterwater.

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

Option 3 – Skelwith Bridge to Coniston

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In summary: From Skelwith Bridge we follow the route of option 2 past Skelwith Force and Colwith Force into Little Langdale. After a visit to the impressive Cathedral Cave and picturesque Slater Bridge we head via High and Low Tilberthwaite, on into Low Yewdale and back to the house.

Highlight: Take in all the highlights of beautiful Little Langdale from waterfalls to caverns.  

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Monk Coniston

Day 6 Troutbeck and Ambleside

Option 1 – Troutbeck to Ambleside

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In summary: We begin our walk from Jesus Church, Troutbeck. From here we ascend to the Mortal Man Inn and then walk through the hamlet of Troutbeck. We then follow Robin Lane past the viewpoint at Jenkin Point through the woods and down to Ambleside. This busy and popular town of Ambleside is brimming with opportunities. Choose to visit Ambleside roman fort, cruise on Lake Windermere or indulge in some retail therapy in one of the many specialist outdoor shops or independent retailers in the town.

Highlight: Spectacular views over Windermere and beyond. 

Option 2 – Troutbeck and Stockghyll Force

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 900 feet (260m)

In summary: Our walk begins as option 1 at Jesus Church, Troutbeck, and continues through the hamlet of Troutbeck to Robin Lane. We pass High Skelghyll then head through Strawberry Wood to visit Stockghyll Force on our way down into Ambleside. Enjoy some time exploring the town before our return to Coniston.   

Highlight: The attractive multi-tiered waterfall, Stockghyll Force. 

Option 3 – Wansfell Pike

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 1,480 feet (480m) 

In summary: This is a more challenging walk but with rewards of far reaching views and a real sense of achievement for anyone who feels up to this. We begin from Ambleside and head to Stockghyll Force waterfall before making our way up the steep path to the summit of Wansfell Pike. After enjoying the panorama, we continue down to Robin Lane and follow this back into Ambleside where we can celebrate in one of the many pubs.

Highlight: Spectacular views from the summit of Wansfell Pike. 

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Monk Coniston

Day 7Tarn Hows and Hawkshead

Option 1 – Hawkshead

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In summary: Our walk today takes us to another picturesque Lakeland village. The walk begins ascending to the unspoilt beauty spot of Tarn Hows. From here we’ll follow fields and open fell to Hawkshead. There is plenty to explore around the village including the Old Grammar School.

Highlight: Hawkshead with its myriad of narrow alleyways. The countryside that inspired Beatrix Potter. 

Option 2 – Around Tarn Hows and Hawkshead

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In summary: On this walk ascend to Tarn Hows and take our time walking around this popular beauty spot, admiring impressive views. We continue through fields and open fell to the picturesque village of Hawkshead. There will be time to explore the village or kick back and relax in one of the many tea shops. 

Highlight: Hawkshead with its connections to both Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Option 3 – Hawkshead Circuit

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: As with option 1 and 2 our walk begins taking in beautiful Tarn Hows. We continue through fields and open fell to the lovely village of Hawkshead. Here we have a short amount of time to explore, before starting out on our return walk back to Monk Coniston via Hawkshead Hill.

Highlight: Picturesque views abound at Tarn Hows straight out of the pages of a Victorian tourist guide. 

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Monk Coniston

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2024: June 21 $2,560 $2,840
2024: September 6 $2,560 $2,840

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates include room upgrade (premium) and membership fees. 

Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Walking with Sightseeing Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £15 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ

By Rail:
The nearest train station is at Windermere.

By Taxi:
The 13-mile journey from Windermere railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Ace Taxi. As a guide price, it cost £25 per 4-seat taxi in 2019. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Ace Taxi*
Tel: +44 (0) 1539 445445
Email: acetaxiwindermere@gmail.com
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Monk Coniston Manager.
*Ace Taxi is not owned or managed by us.

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.

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.

Hotel Descriptions
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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.

Address: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ

Room Amenities: 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 ‘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.

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

Hotel Amenities: 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.

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