Walking with Sightseeing at Derwentwater

Lake District

Code: DBWOD

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • History
  • Newly Refurbished

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £289.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Walking with Sightseeing at Derwent Bank offers a great way to explore the beautiful surroundings with a mix of guided walks and sightseeing visits.

Join us as we walk to the summit of Latrigg, explore the beauty spots of Buttermere, Aira Force and Borrowdale, take a trip across Derwent Water and more!

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy superb views over Derwent Water on an easy walk to the summit of Latrigg
  • Visit Honister Slate Mine or try your hand at Via Ferrata!
  • Walks discover the highlights of Borrowdale and the Buttermere valley
  • Enjoy a boat trip across Derwent Water
  • Explore Dalemain and magnificent Aira Force waterfall on the shores of Ullswater

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoy carefully selected guided walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable 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 - walk together, eat together and relax together

 

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Accommodation

Enjoy beautiful views over Derwent Water and the surrounding fells from this stunning property on the shores of the lake itself. 

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
• Check in from 2:30pm
• 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
• Check in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Comfortable slippers TV, DVD and safe Hairdryer
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• 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

  • The fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance during an evacuation should identify themselves on arrival
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good in the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying a visually or hearing impaired guest are welcome. Dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all 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 notice
  • Fridge for medication is provided

Itinerary

Walks are up to 6 miles (10km) with up to 1,160ft (360m) of ascent; Walking is generally on good, well-graded paths; but there are some sections over rougher or steeper terrain 

View from Ashness Bridge over Derwent WaterSaturday: Castlerigg Stone Circle, Ashness Bridge and Derwent Water

The atmospheric setting of Castlerigg Stone Circle is our first visit today, a prehistoric monument set beautifully between some of Lakeland’s highest mountains. From here we begin our walk across farmland and fells to Falcon Crag and then the much photographed Surprise View and Ashness Bridge. We continue to the shores of Derwent Water to catch the Keswick launch sailing back across the lake to Derwent Bank. 5 miles (8.5km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent and 1,300ft (400m) of descent. The route is rough underfoot in places but the views are superb!

View of Derwentwater from Walla CragSunday: The Bowder Stone, Borrowdale and Catbells Terrace

We 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. We stop for a visit to the 2000 ton Bowder Stone before continuing by coach to Rosthwaite to begin our walk along the Cumbria Way. We visit Dalton's Cave (once home to the Lakeland legend Millican Dalton) and continue to the pretty hamlet of Grange for a coffee stop before our walk takes us onto Catbells Terrace. Fabulous views follow us all the way back to Derwent Bank. 6 miles (10km) with 1050ft (320m) of ascent. * anyone wanting a shorter walk, with less ascent, can leave the group at Manesty and take the launch back to Nichol End, from Brandelhow.

Monday: free day

MirehouseTuesday: Latrigg, Dodd Wood and Mirehouse

We begin our walk from Derwent Bank and follow a relatively easy ascent route to the summit of Latrigg for far-reaching views over Keswick, Derwent Water and the Borrowdale valley. Our transport then takes us 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, they are often seen from the viewpoint here (April-October). 5 ½ miles (9km) with 1,160ft (360m) of ascent.

 

Buttermere lakeWednesday: Honister and beautiful Buttermere valley

Our transport takes us to Honister slate mine 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 always the option of Via Ferrata too! You would need to book Via Ferrata in advance (we will arrive at Honister 1015hrs). We then take the short journey to Buttermere village where our walk follows the lake shore for stunning views of the valley. 4 miles (7km) with 450ft (140m) of ascent.

 

View over Ullswater from the slopes of HelvellynThursday: Ullswater, Aira Force and Dalemain

We 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 takes us along the lake to Pooley Bridge for a second short walk to Dalemain, with its wealth of Tudor and Medieval rooms & outbuildings, a museum café, and delightful gardens. The two walks together total 4.5 miles (7km) with little ascent.

 


Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust card; optional theatre trip (see below)

  • The seven night holiday has a free day on the Monday for you to explore independently
  • Optional theatre trip: Every Tuesday (May to September) we organise a trip to Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake (payable locally). Guests need to book tickets in advance through the Theatre by the lake website. 

Local area

Discover the Lake District

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:

Derwent Water ferryDerwentwater 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

 

  

Outside of the theater by the lakeTheatre 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

Dove Cottage, home to William WordsworthGrasmere
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

Steamer ferry on Ullswater lakeUllswater
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

 

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

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

Travel to Derwentwater

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

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is at Penrith on the main line between London and Glasgow. 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).

Pendolino train at speed 

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Penrith station and Derwent Bank. 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 costs just £10 return, 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. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £30 per journey (or around £50 if not pre-booked). 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.

 

Bus

By bus:

The X5 bus runs approxiately every hour from Penrith station. The nearest bus stop is on the A66, about ¾ mile walk from Derwent Bank. Alight at the Portinscale bus stop and take the road on the left (signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley). Follow this road through Portinscale village - Derwent Bank is on the left-hand side after the Derwentwater Marina. For bus times see www.traveline.info

Bus in Keswick

Driving to us

 By car:

From Penrith - leave the M6 motorway at junction 40 and take the A66 towards Keswick. After 17 miles you'll reach a roundabout in Keswick - continue ahead following signs to Cockermouth and Workington. One mile beyond the roundabout, and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off off the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank is approx ¾ mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. There is a large car park available at Derwent Bank.

 

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As a single person HF holidays are good for me as I can be assured of good and friendly company.
23 Oct 2016, 7:20 a.m.

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Think that holidays not such good value for money at present. Relatively poor room. Lack of staff made for poor meal service. Had to go without cooked breakfast one day because of delay, even though had arrived at breakfast within 10 mins of start

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Guests need to be aware of harder walking at Derwent. Sorrry about some changes because some guests struggling. last day changed because of earlier comments. Really amounted to a walk with no extras. Using public transport back was messy on that day. people who wanted a taxi could not get one. Need also to check opening times of Stately homes.
19 Oct 2016, 7:58 a.m.

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Very good generally but certain aspects of my last holiday could be significantly better

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I was on a Discovery walking Holiday: the walks were too difficult and too long at times for some people, including myself. walks described as 'easy' were sometimes over very rocky, uneven paths and we were made late because people were finding it difficult to manage.
16 May 2016, 7:26 p.m.

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Booking and subsequent paperwork were all efficiently organised.Friendly staff at hotel.

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Recent refurbishment has made Derwentbank into a most comfortable hotel. All the meals were of a high standard. An excellent leader led the discovery walks to interesting places. We were lucky to have such good weather.
14 Oct 2015, 3:28 p.m.

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Everything was great. Would go back

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everything was great.
23 Jul 2015, 4:05 p.m.

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The booking was efficiently handled and we have no complaints.

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Disappointed that we had to take a service bus on our last day to return to Derwent Bank instead of being picked up by the minibus at Grange in Borrowdale.
18 Jul 2015, 11:26 a.m.

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High standards as usual. good food, wine and company.
Hovever, mould in the bottom shower door groove, behind the shower doors also at the bottom and a little on the shower tiles spoiled the ambiance somewhat.
Also the splendid bow window unfortuneately had curtains which where difficult to draw.

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First time we joined the organised walks, albeit 'Discovery Walks' and we kept up reasonably well. Phew!
We came close up to a secluded cluster of wild orchids - brilliant!However, nothing organised on Saturday Night apart from sampling cheese! And there were loads of board games avialable which we should have been asked to sign up for and if there was enough interest - 4 could have played Scrabble, another 4 a game of cards another 6 Trivial Pursuits, etc, etc
18 Jun 2015, 8:53 a.m.

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Regular HF customer. Well structured programme of walks and other activities. Logistics using mix of mini bus and public transport worked well. Good accommodation and food!

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Excellent group leader - very knowledgable about flora and fauna as well as the geography of the lake district. Will definitely book Discovery Walks again.
11 Jun 2015, 9:47 a.m.

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Very enjoyable holiday with interesting walks in beautiful scenery. Excellent leader, friendly guests, delicious food, comfortable house.

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Lovely house in beautiful position on Derwentwater. Excellent food. Wonderful holiday.
10 Jul 2014, 9:26 a.m.

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Exactly what I want from a holiday

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I went onthe Discovery Walk, not the Guided Walking

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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

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