England’s largest national park protects wonderful Cumbrian mountain upland areas and large expanses of water. From the top of Cat Bells, see how tiny Derwent Water looks or take on the challenge of reaching the summit of Scafell Pike – England’s highest peak. The summit of Helvellyn gives sweeping views towards Ullswater while Skiddaw favours Bassenthwaite Lake – the only body of water in the park to actually be called a lake! Less challenging options include walking through the beautiful Borrowdale Valley and along the wild western shore of Crummock Water. There is also a walk where guests are dropped off at a hilltop to go downhill all the way to Keswick. No matter how much – or how little – walking you wish to do, you’ll get to enjoy the best of the local scenery.
FAMILY FUN AT DERWENT BANK: UNDER 18s GO FREE
- Bedtime stories
- Campfire – fire lighting practice
- Make and float a boat competition
- Fun games such as Bag Beetle
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...
- Boat ride on Derwent Water
- Go underground at Honister Slate Mine or overground with their via ferrata
- Visit Grasmere – home of Wordsworth and Grasmere gingerbread!
- Full Board en-suite accommodation.
- Max guests in house: 68
- Family rooms: 11
- A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
- All transport to and from the walks
- Free Wi-Fi
On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.
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.
Option 1 - Castlerigg Stone Circle
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)
In Summary: Just a few miles east of our Country House, we walk from near Threlkeld to Tewet Tarn and Goosewell Farm where there is a café, before visiting fabulous Castlerigg Stone Circle. Paths lead us to Castlerigg Farm and a walk down into Keswick where we take the launch back.
Highlight: Counting the ancient standing stones of Castlerigg.
Option 2 - Cat Bells
Distance: 5½ miles (9km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
In Summary: Today we walk from our front door to the top of one the Lake District’s most popular fells – Cat Bells. You’ll need your hands to get up a short rocky scramble just before the top. Then back down to the lake shore for a short walk to meet our coach at Lodore.
Highlight: Being ruler of all you survey at the top of Cat Bells!
Option 3 - Cat Bells & Derwent Water
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In Summary: Climb to the top of Cat Bells, then descend steeply to the lakeside path for a beautiful walk back to Derwent Bank along a part of The Cumbria Way.
Highlight: The shapely summit of Cat Bells is one of the most popular fells in the Lake District. There are a few rocky sections, but your efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the lake and the surrounding fells.
Option 4 - Cat Bells & High Spy
Distance:12 miles (19km)
Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)
In Summary: A fantastic high-level walk over the summits of Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy. We descend to the Borrowdale Valley, then return along the shores of Derwentwater. Be ready for some steep rocky sections.
Highlight: This enjoyable high-level walk commands great views over Borrowdale and the Newlands Valley
Option 1 - Around Buttermere
Distance: 4 miles (7km)
Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary: The coach will drop us in Buttermere village, our starting point for a circular walk around the beautiful lake, with a very short section in a tunnel.
Highlight: A refreshing ice cream at the end!
Option 2 - Crummock Water
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (200m)
In Summary: Walk along the wild western shore of Crummock Water to Buttermere village where you can enjoy a juice or a pint (adults only!) in the Fish Inn, or an ice cream from the nearby café.
Highlight: The twin lakes of Crummock Water and Buttermere are surrounded by an array of stunning hills and mountains.
Option 3 - Haystacks
The walk in a nutshell: Walk around Buttermere and up onto the summit of Haystacks. We return via Innominate Tarn and the lakeside path through the short tunnel.
Don’t miss: Haystacks achieved fame as the favourite mountain of legendary hillwalker and author Alfred Wainwright - we think its pretty special too!
Distance: 7½ miles (12km) Total ascent: 2,000 feet (620m)
Option 4 - Buttermere Skyline
In Summary: A great high-level traverse along the Buttermere skyline. There's a steep ascent to the top of Red Pike before we head along the stunning ridge.
Highlight: A memorable day is assured as we enjoy the mountain panoramas and gaze down on the lake below.
Distance: 9½ miles (15½km) Total ascent: 3,350 feet (1,020m)
Option 1 - Glenridding & Lanty's Tarn
Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)
Total Ascent: : 650 feet (200m)
In Summary: From Glenridding we head through the wood to delightful Lanty’s Tarn. On to Grisedale, and down the valley before we walk round the head of Ullswater to Side Farm and its café. We retrace our steps back to main road, and return to Glenridding, which has cafés and shops.
Highlight: Ice cream at Side Farm and spotting the boats on Ullswater.
Option 2 - Brothers Water to Ullswater
Distance: 4½ miles (7½km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)
In Summary: From near the hamlet of Hartsop with its traditional Lakeland houses, we head towards Patterdale and pause for a drink and maybe an ice cream at Side Farm. Walking up into Grizedale, we’ll take a short steep path up to the pretty Lanty’s Tarn, then back down into Glenridding.
Highlight: Lanty's Tarn is a beautiful spot in the heart of Lakeland.
Option 3 - Place Fell
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 2,250 feet (700m)
In Summary: Make the moderately steep ascent to the top of Place Fell that commands an excellent view at the head of Ullswater. We descend to follow the attractive lakeside path to Glenridding.
Highlight: Ullswater is one of the area's most attractive lakes. You'll enjoy great views towards Helvellyn and the North Pennines.
Option 4 - Helvellyn & the Edges
Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)
Total ascent: 3,050 feet (920m)
In Summary: A famous ascent of Helvellyn, England's third highest peak. We'll follow the narrow Striding Edge ridge to the summit, returning via the equally impressive Swirral Edge.
Highlight: Striding Edge isn't for the faint hearted; however it is one of the Lake District's classic walks with a great sense of achievement as you climb the final rocky steps onto the summit.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the stylish outhouse where there are eight garden rooms with exceptional views for stylish, laid-back Lake District accommodation. In the main house, we’d pick room 12 for the extra space and stunning views over the gardens and Derwentwater. Alternatively, ask for rooms 46, 47, 48 and 49 in the outhouse, all first-floor garden bedrooms with their own glass balcony looking over the ornate formal garden and with views of the lake. There’s easy access to the boot room and orangery too, making these rooms a must to stay in. If you’re after somewhere a little more unusual to stay overnight, there’s a ‘pod’ in the garden that offers extra privacy, sleeps up to four and gives you a great story to take away!
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, extensive garden, putting green, orangery, lounge and board games to borrow
After a day exploring the Lake District, settle in at our country house. Walk the pretty gardens, pause on the pier that juts out in to Derwentwater and look for the boats and ferry that sail on the lake. Try your hand on the putting green or at croquet. Grab a drink and sit on the terrace above the sloping lawns. Indoors, the spectacular orangery with its superb views, is the ideal setting for a bit of peace and quiet, or sink into the sofas in the large, comfortable lounge. Head to the bar for a great local ale and a cracking conversation with fellow guests.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea and cakes 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 Derwent Bank is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to traditional Cumbrian fare from local river trout with samphire to a duo of local lamb. Look out for Eden Valley brie and red onion tart or Whinlatter Forest wild mushroom risotto. And to cap it all, Cumbrian sticky toffee pudding with English Lakes thunder and lightning ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
Suggested Kit List
- a rucksack,
- a waterproof jacket
- waterproof over trousers,
- a spare jumper or fleece,
- sun protection cream,
- a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
- some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
- a small torch
- first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
(in spring, autumn and winter)
- a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
- You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
- thermos flask for a hot drink
- sun hat
- towel for paddling on hot days
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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17 Feb - 21 Feb
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06 Apr - 10 Apr
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03 Aug - 07 Aug
|4||Family Walk||£586||Under 18s Go Free||Trip Notes||Enquire|
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