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

Freswater Bay refurbished for 2016

 

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

 Green Tourism logo4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

Bedrooms

Derwent Bank has 32 bedrooms in the main building, plus 5 double bedded chalets in the gardens. Some of the rooms have views over the lake, whilst others face towards the mountains of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike. In addition, in the grounds there is the refurbished Coach House, a luxurious two bedroom apartment.

Classic bedrooms at Derwent Bank

Classic bedrooms – included in your holiday price

Comfortable accommodation with an en-suite bathroom, with either a bath or shower. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night. 

Premium Rooms at Derwent Bank

Premium bedrooms – from an extra £5 per person per night

Enjoy extra space or exceptional views, plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade.

Family Room at Derwent Bank

Family bedrooms 

We have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded rooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms and laundry facilities.

At Derwent Bank there is a large, comfortable lounge, an attractive dining room and a welcoming bar stocking local beer. The conservatory is particularly attractive and has superb views of the lake and the surrounding fells. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.

The house sits in extensive gardens with a sloping lawn down to the lake jetty. Outside there is a formal garden, a putting green and croquet lawn.

Also Derwent Bank has a Dandelion café with comfortable chairs, delectable local produce and a great cup of tea or coffee, making a fantastic place to relax, enjoy and unwind overlooking Derwent Water.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Breakfast at Derwent Bank

Breakfast:

The most important meal of the day. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. You could choose fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or anything in between.

Picnic lunch at Derwent Bank

Lunch:

Our famous self-select picnic lunches keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish. Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (typically soup, sandwiches etc).

Dinner at Derwent Bank

Dinner:

The relaxed, sociable dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring classic British cooking and local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

The bar at Derwent Bank

Bar:

All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

After your day’s walk or activity, your evenings are free for you to enjoy however you want. If you would like to continue interacting with our guides and fellow guests we often have extra activities available. Plus you always have the option to just relax in the bar.

Social activities:

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on wildlife or the island’s rich history from a local speaker or a team quiz.

Leisure Activities:

Many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays:

Our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking:

There may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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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 from stairs. We do have 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.

Arrival & car parking facilities

Designated disabled parking bays are available directly in front of the house. The surface of the main car park is graveled with a slight slope. If you need assistance with your luggage, please just ask a member of the team. To gain access to the main building, there are three steps. Once you are, all public rooms are on the same level.

Wheelchair accessibility

Once you have gain access to the house, all public rooms are accessible for wheelchairs. Our bedrooms in the main house aren’t accessible as they are on the first and second floors. If you require a wheelchair friendly room, we recommend our chalets which are situated in the grounds. 

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Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests 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 can be supplied

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 

 

Friday: arrival day

Saturday: 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!

Sunday: 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 Derwentbank. 6 miles (10km) with 1.050ft (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

Tuesday: Latrigg, Dodd Wood and Mirehouse

We begin our walk from Derwentbank 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). 5.5 miles (9km) with 1,160ft (360m) of ascent.

Wednesday: 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). When 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.

Thursday: 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 and outbuildings, a museum and 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

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.

Reviews

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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
9 Jul 2014, 2:24 p.m.

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Always very thorough, reliable service covering all aspects of their holidays

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First experience of the Discovery Walk combination, found it excellent for someone like me slowing down more than somewhat after many years of walking with HF. John was a superb leader, in tune with everyone's needs and capabilities, great local knowledge of good cafes etc and a mine of information on all the places of interest visited. This category could be developed further - am already lining up possible future places if only the dates would fit with other commitments!
15 Jun 2014, 12:50 p.m.

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The service of the staff were excellent on multitasking.

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We both enjoyed our 3 day holiday., the staff at the hotel were courteous and very professional. Your leader/guides were very informative and good communicators.The only complaint we have is that on the final night at dinner one guest at the table was very unpleasant towards us for some reason and it carried on afterwards during the entertainment which put a damper on our holiday. Hope we do not meet this person on future holidays.
12 Jun 2014, 4:16 p.m.

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Over the years have enjoyed many HF holidays. They are well organised and the house staff and leaders always very helpful.

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I enjoyed the week at Derwentwater. The house was good and the staff pleasant and helpful. It is the first time I have done the Discovery Walks and found them very interesting. Our leader was good , informative and patient.

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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