7-Night Northern Lake District Discovery Tour
The beautiful Lake District scenery provides a wonderful backdrop to days out visiting the area’s many attractions. History lovers will savour the chance to see Hadrian’s Wall and the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle while literary fans are sure to enjoy a trip to William Wordsworth’s Grasmere home. There’s a relaxing steamer cruise on Ullswater and time spent at beautiful Buttermere. Admire the workmanship that went into Carlisle Cathedral and explore Dalemain Mansion and its five acres of historic gardens.
- Visit the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle
- Explore beautiful Buttermere with its dramatic mountain scenery
- Discover historic Carlisle cathedral
- Relax in the beautiful scenery of the Lake District
- Cruise on a traditional Ullswater 'Steamer'
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
- The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
- Admission cost for the Ullswater steamer boat cruise
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.
We travel through northern Lakeland hamlets and villages to Caldbeck, where we can walk through the village to an old ruined bobbin mill. Travelling on ‘Back o’ Skidda’ we arrive in the town of Cockermouth where you will have the chance to visit the birthplace of William Wordsworth and local shops and art galleries.
We take in some of the famous local landmarks and gain stunning views across both Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. In the afternoon we visit Mirehouse, a family-owned historic house, with grounds stretching to the shores of Bassenthwaite.
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.
Travel through the remote western fells to the seaside village of St Bees. Here we visit the Priory and find out about ‘St Bees’ Man’. Lunch is taken on the seafront watching the waves and listening to seabirds. On our return journey we visit beautiful Crummock Water and Buttermere and travel over the iconic Honister Pass.
A walk through streets and alleys of the great Border city of Carlisle reveals a quieter side to this historic city, as we pass the guildhall, cathedral, Tullie House Museum, and the castle. Returning along the Solway coast to the end of the route of Hadrian’s Wall, history and wildlife sit side by side amongst the sand dunes, salt marsh and mosses.
This tour to the far eastern fells ends with one of the Lake District’s largest lakes. After exploring a fascinating church we visit Dalemain House where there will be plenty of time to explore the house, the beautiful gardens and interesting museum. We continue to Ullswater, where we take a wonderful cruise down the lake to Glenridding. Finally we visit an atmospheric waterfall hidden amongst an arboretum.
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.
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What to Bring
To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.
All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.
Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.
Marilyn lives in Cumbria where she runs a B & B with about 100 acres of land, from where she has stunning views across the Solway Firth and also to the Lake District fells. She has created several big ponds to encourage wildlife and has planted over 50,000 trees which are all native broad leaf. Marilyn trained as a Blue Badge Guide and enjoys sharing her interest in the beauty and history of the local area. Her other work involves running murder mystery weekends and murder mystery dinners.
Excellent knowledge and interesting facts to enjoy. Chose very pleasant tea rooms in pretty hamlets and very enjoyable, scenic walks.
Tom is a Blue Badge Guide for Cumbria and Hadrian’s Wall and has been guiding professionally since 2000. He is a true Cumbrian, born in Maryport on the West Coast and is a retired police officer with a wonderful sense of humour, dry wit. He possesses a natural ability to make you smile. He has a sincere passion about his home County and simply loves to share his knowledge and love of The Lake District, with its breathtaking spectacular scenery and legendary poets, authors and artists. Tom loves meeting people and relating tales of folk lore, history, characters and industrial heritage in this the most wondrous part of England.
Tom gelled the diverse cohort of guests together within the first hour of the first day. His relaxed demeanour, lovely sense of humour and very wide knowledge of the areas and places we visited was truly remarkable.
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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