7-Night Northern Lake District Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

Aira Force near Ullswater
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 2
from £929pp £859pp

Walking with Sightseeing at Derwent Bank offers a great way to explore the beautiful surroundings with a mix of guided walks and sightseeing visits. We'll visit a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow up to £35 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust card.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the beauty spots of Buttermere, Aira Force and Borrowdale
  • Take a walk to the summit of Latrigg
  • Visit the atmospheric Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Hear about Tennyson, Wordsworth and local legend Millican Dalton
  • View the magnificent lake district mountains from boat trips on Derwent Water and Ullswater 

 

Trip Notes

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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.


Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary:  Drive through the Jaws of Borrowdale, where crags close in on both sides and the Iron Age fort of Castle Crag guards the entrance to the dale with a stop for a visit to the 2000 ton Bowder Stone. The coach continues to Rosthwaite to begin a walk along the Cumbria Way. There's a visit Dalton's Cave (once home to the Lakeland legend Millican Dalton) before continuing to the pretty hamlet of Grange for a coffee stop before a walk along Catbells Terrace. Fabulous views all the way back to Derwent Bank.  Anyone wanting a shorter walk, with less ascent, can leave the group at Manesty and take the launch back to Nichol End, from Brandelhow.


Distance: 5 miles (8½km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

Descent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: The atmospheric setting of Castlerigg Stone Circle is the first visit today, a prehistoric monument set beautifully between some of Lakeland’s highest mountains. From here, walk across farmland and fells to Falcon Crag and then the much photographed Surprise View and Ashness Bridge. Continue to the shores of Derwent Water to catch the Keswick launch sailing back across the lake to Derwent Bank.  The route is rough underfoot in places but the views are superb!



Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In Summary: Transport to Honister slate mine high in the mountains, where there's the option to explore its underground caverns and discover the history of local slate mining. For those looking for a challenge there's the option of Via Ferrata too! You need to book Via Ferrata in advance (we will arrive at Honister 1015hrs). A short journey to Buttermere village for a walk following the lake shore for stunning views of the valley.

 


Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 1,160 feet (360m)

In Summary: Walk from Derwent Bank following a relatively easy ascent route to the summit of Latrigg for far-reaching views over Keswick, Derwent Water and the Borrowdale valley. Transport to Dodd Wood and Mirehouse, a 17th century English manor with links to Tennyson and Wordsworth. At Dodd Wood there may be the chance to spot Ospreys, often seen from the viewpoint here (April-October).

 


Distance: 4½ miles (7km)*

Ascent: 250 feet (80m)*

In Summary: Follow a good path under Gowbarrow Fell from Ulcat Row, descending steadily to Aira Force, Lakeland’s most magnificent waterfall. A trip on the Ullswater Steamer to Pooley Bridge for a second short walk to Dalemain, with its wealth of Tudor and Medieval rooms and outbuildings, a museum café, and delightful gardens.

* split between two walks


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Derwent Bank

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.

 

Rooms

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.

Facilities

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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

Derwent Bank hotel and Derwent Water area. Stills from drone.

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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

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.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
22 May - 29 May
7 Sightseeing Walk £929 £859 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
28 Aug - 04 Sep
7 Sightseeing Walk £929 £859 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £929pp £859pp

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