Lake District - Derwentwater Discovery Tour

Lakes & Fells of the Northern Lake District

Code: DBHCR

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  • High Mountains
  • History
  • Newly Refurbished
From £355.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Our Discovery Tours really get into the heart of the countryside. These are sightseeing tours by minibus, visiting places not normally reached by a full-sized coach. Small groups and friendly leaders make this a great way to enjoy Britain at its best.

The rugged mountains of the northern Lake District form a dramatic backdrop to this holiday. Impressive mountain passes, wild and unspoilt areas will create a lasting impression.

Holiday highlights:

  • Visit ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Beautiful Borrowdale with its dramatic mountain scenery
  • Carlisle cathedral
  • Historic Cumbrian locations
  • And of course the lakes – of which we shall see many, including Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite plus a traditional steamer cruise on Ullswater

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full-day mini-coach tours, with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 1½ miles
  • Knowledgeable leader: learn more about the history and landscapes of Lake District from your knowlegeable leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy a lakeside location just two miles from Keswick, with fantastic views of the surrounding fells
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - explore together, eat together and relax together

Accommodation

With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, Derwent Bank offers a truly exceptional location. 

Choose your room

Classic bedrooms at Derwent BankPremium Rooms at Derwent BankFamily Room at Derwent Bank4-star Visit Britain Guest AccommodationGreen Tourism logo
Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with either bath or shower
• Large double or two single beds • Sole occupancy available for an extra £15 per night
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Comfortable slippers TV, DVD and safe Hairdryer
• Available from an extra £5 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 3 or 4 beds
• These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
 

Facilities

• Welcoming bar with local beer
• Conservatory with superb views
• Extensive gardens
• Lake jetty
• Formal Garden
• Putting green
• Croquet lawn
• Boot Room
• Drying room
• Laundry facilities
• Free WiFi in some public rooms
• Large, comfortable lounge
• Attractive dining room
• Board games and books
And our favourite
Dandelion cafe with
comfortable chairs,
delicious local produce and
a great cup of tea of coffee

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Dinner at Derwent Bank

Your evenings

Two guests enjoying a drink

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our option evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and age of Derwent Bank, bedrooms within the main house are not accessible for wheelchair users, with all accommodation being reached by stairs. We do have some chalets in the grounds which are on the ground floor which can be used for wheelchair users, however mobility will be restricted in the room. Once you have gained access to the house all public rooms are accessible for wheelchairs.

More details on Derwent Bank accessibilty

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance in an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards issed
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good in te main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying a visually or hearing impaired guest are welcome. Dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at al times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notive
  • Fridge for medicationis provided

Itinerary

During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. The following is a suggested programme, but your HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times or the wishes of the group.

Friday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Saturday: Northern Lake District

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.

Sunday: Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite and Mirehouse

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.

Monday: Free Day

A free day for you to explore the local area or relax in the Country House. There’s lots of choice depending on your interests – you can visit Wordsworth’s last home at Rydal Mount, discover the local pencil museum in Keswick or explore contemporary art at the Upfront Gallery, Skelton.

Tuesday: West Coast & Western Lakes

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.

Wednesday: The Great Border City and the Solway Firth

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 Hadrian’s Wall, history and wildlife sit side by side amongst the sand dunes, salt marsh and mosses.

Thursday: The far Eastern Fells & Ullswater

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.

Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow a maximum of £80 for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price).

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.

Local area

The Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.

Keswick
The nearest town is Keswick, about two miles away. As a popular tourist destination it has a range of facilities including supermarkets, banks, a post office, pubs and cafés. It is also well known for its huge number of outdoor shops where you can buy an array of clothing and equipment for the outdoors.

During your visit to Derwent Bank you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Derwentwater Launch
Take a leisurely journey around Derwentwater on the ferry - a great way to see the surrounding mountains from a different perspective. The nearest stop at Nichol End is just a few minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.keswick-launch.co.uk

Theatre by the Lake
Situated by the lakeshore in Keswick, the theatre offers an excellent repertoire of plays in the main house and smaller studio theatre. The theatre’s popularity means that advance booking is recommended, especially in the high season. www.theatrebythelake.com

Honister Slate Mine
Go underground on the mine tour at this famous Lake District mine which is situated at the top of Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Here you can travel underground and learn about the history of Lake District slate production. Honister is around 30 minutes' drive from Derwent Bank, and can also be reached directly using the Honister Rambler bus. www.honister.com

Whinlatter Forest & Go Ape!
Relax at the visitors centre and cafe, or follow the excellent new mountain bike trail; one of the best in Britain. The high-ropes Go Ape course is great option for active teenagers. www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter or www.goape.co.uk

Derwent Water Marina
Hire a canoe or sailing boat and enjoy one of England’s most beautiful lakes. Just five minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.derwentwatermarina.co.uk

Grasmere
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank and is famous with its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. Wordsworth’s birthplace can also be visited in Cockermouth; a pleasant market town to the north-west of Derwent Bank. Both Grasmere and Cockermouth can be reached by local bus from Keswick. www.wordsworth.org.uk

Lake District Wildlife Park
Well worth a visit for the whole family. You can watch the antics of the otters, apes and monkeys and marvel at the flying displays of eagles and vultures. www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk

Ullswater
About 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank is Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Enjoy its glorious scenery either on foot or by steamer. If you are visiting the Ullswater area you could also visit the superb waterfall of Aira Force or the country house and gardens at Dalemain. www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or www.dalemain.com

Carlisle
Carlisle, about 45 minutes from Derwent Bank is the historic county town of Cumbria. Here you’ll find a good selection of shops, the cathedral, and castle. Of particular interest is the Tullie House Museum which is recognised for its exciting, varied events and exhibitions programme and is full of exciting interactive displays. www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Travel

Our address: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Penrith. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer:

We offer a reduced price taxi transfer between Penrith railway station and Derwent Bank every Friday and Monday. The pickup is at 4.50pm from Penrith railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Penrith station by 9.50am. This transfer only costs £10 per person, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 20 mile journey from Penrith to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi. Taxis cost approx £30 per journey (if pre- booked; taxis at Penrith station can be considerably more expensive). Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

From Penrith - take the A66 past Keswick towards Cockermouth. One mile beyond the roundabout to Keswick and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off of the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank (not Derwentwater Hotel) is approx half a mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. Look out for our sign.

From Kendal - take the A591 to Keswick. To avoid the town centre turn right following signs to the A66 and Cockermouth, then follow the directions as above.

Leaders

Marilyn Bryce

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.

Steve Bullen

Steve has been leading Natural World and Walking holidays for HF Holidays for over 26 years. His main interests include wildlife, astronomy and geology, and he manages a small nature reserve in Lancaster. Steve is also a keen natural history photographer and his photos have been published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine, The Guardian, and local publications.

Steve has led numerous tours from our Worldwide Journeys range including holidays in the Caribbean, New Zealand, Canada, South America, South Africa and Asia, as well as many of our European destinations.

 

Tom McCafferty

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.

 

Reviews

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12 Aug 2016, 4:12 p.m.

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Nice house in a beautiful quiet surrounding

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Very good Programm of discovery tours with a friendly leader and a nice group.
1 Aug 2016, 2:13 p.m.

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Would have preferred the evening meals to have been earlier,.

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We found the travel on a Friday quite a challenge. The trains were extra busy and we were told this is normal for Fridays plus the cheaper weekend tickets were not available. Those travelling by car experienced the regular jams on the M6 particularly on Friday afternoons. It was much easier when the holidays ran from Saturday to Saturday.
2 Sep 2015, 8:37 a.m.

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Well organised, good value for money, very sociable.
2 Sep 2015, 6:59 a.m.

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Well planned itinerary. Excellent leader. Comfortable accommodation.
2 Oct 2014, 7:45 p.m.

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This holiday was greatly helped by the beautiful scenery and situation of the Derwent Bank centre but there were shortcomings I had not experienced in two previous HF holidays.
1 Oct 2014, 3:59 p.m.

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Friendly and well-organised

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1 Oct 2014, 1:13 p.m.

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Our first HF Holiday and we have already booked a second.

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Superb leader who was a mine of local knowledge and altogether delightful.
31 May 2014, 7:58 p.m.

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well run

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fine vacation
28 May 2014, 9:03 p.m.

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I have always enjoyed HF

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This is my favourite destination.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
28 Apr 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 3 £355.00 £355.00 Book Now
28 Apr 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 7 £805.00 £755.00 Special Early Booking offer - £50.00 off pp Book Now
1 May 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 4 £465.00 £465.00 Book Now
9 Jun 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 3 £365.00 £365.00 Book Now
9 Jun 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 7 £855.00 £805.00 Special Early Booking offer - £50.00 off pp Book Now
12 Jun 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 4 £505.00 £505.00 Book Now
25 Aug 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 3 £365.00 £365.00 Book Now
25 Aug 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 7 £855.00 £805.00 Special Early Booking offer - £50.00 off pp Book Now
28 Aug 2017 DBHCR - Discovery Tour - Derwentwater 4 £505.00 £505.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person