England’s largest national park protects wonderful Cumbrian mountain upland areas and large expanses of water. From the top of Cat Bells, see how tiny Derwent Water looks or take on the challenge of reaching the summit of Scafell Pike – England’s highest peak. The summit of Helvellyn gives sweeping views towards Ullswater while Skiddaw favours Bassenthwaite Lake – the only body of water in the park to actually be called a lake! Less challenging options include walking through the beautiful Borrowdale Valley and along the wild western shore of Crummock Water. There is also a walk where guests are dropped off at a hilltop to go downhill all the way to Keswick. No matter how much – or how little – walking you wish to do, you’ll get to enjoy the best of the local scenery.
FAMILY FUN AT DERWENT BANK
- Bedtime stories
- Campfire – fire lighting practice
- Make and float a boat competition
- Fun games such as Bag Beetle
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...
- Boat ride on Derwent Water
- Go underground at Honister
- Slate Mine or overground with their via ferrata
- Visit Grasmere – home of Wordsworth and Grasmere gingerbread!
- Full Board en-suite accommodation.
- Max guests in house: 68
- Family rooms: 11
- A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
- All transport to and from the walks
- Free Wi-Fi
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.
Option 1 - Latrigg
Distance: 3½ miles (6km)
Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary: Latrigg is one of the best summit views in the Lakes. We’re dropped off at nearly 1,000 feet (300m) to take in the cracking panorama. Downhill all the way after this into Keswick itself, through Fitz Park (with a great playground) then to the lake for the launch back to Derwent Bank.
Highlight: The magnificent view from Latrigg.
Option 2 - Ashness Bridge
Distance: 5½ miles (9km)
Total ascent:850 feet (260m)
In Summary: Follow the eastern shore of Derwent Water, with views of the lake and the Borrowdale Fells, to the picture-postcard Ashness Bridge. From the head of the lake we take the coach back to Derwent Bank.
Highlight: Soak up one of the Lake District's classic views from Ashness Bridge.
Option 3 - Glenderaterra Valley
Distance:10½ miles (17km)
Total ascent: 1,950 feet (580m)
In Summary: Walk from the village of Threlkeld into the lonely valley of Glenderaterra Beck. We follow a terraced path high above the valley and take in the stunning viewpoint of Latrigg on our return via Keswick.
Highlight: Look out for the graves of Robert Southey and Canon Rawnsley as you pass Crossthwaite Church.
Option 1 - The Bowder Stone
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)
In Summary: After a short hop by coach we walk to the famous Bowder Stone, with time to clamber the (easy) ladder up this gigantic balanced boulder. We then circle above Cummacatta Wood before following the path around the head of the lake to Manesty.
Highlight: Climb the steps and balance on top of the Bowder Stone - they'll love it!
Option 2 - Around Grange Fell
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In Summary: Deep in the Borrowdale Valley, we begin by walking from the pretty village of Rosthwaite over the hill to Watendlath Tarn, before returning via the head of Derwentwater as far as the village of Grange with its unusual double bridge.
Highlight: Paddling in the River Derwent surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.
Option 3 - Borrowdale to Keswick
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 2,000 feet (620m)
In Summary: Cross the hill from Rosthwaite to Watendlath Tarn, then explore the elevated paths of the eastern side of Derwentwater as we head to Ashness Bridge and Walla Crag.
Highlight: Walla Crag is an inspirational viewpoint that enjoys a breathtaking panorama over the lake and the surrounding fells.
Option 4 - Scafell Pike
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Total ascent: 3,550 feet (1080m)
In Summary: Head to England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike. We'll ascend via Grains Gill and Esk Hause over large boulders and scree, then descend via the Corridor Route.
Highlight: Expect rough and steep paths; however there's plenty to celebrate when you cross the final boulders to reach the summit.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
Suggested Kit List
- a rucksack,
- a waterproof jacket
- waterproof over trousers,
- a spare jumper or fleece,
- sun protection cream,
- a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
- some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
- a small torch
- first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
(in spring, autumn and winter)
- a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
- You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
- thermos flask for a hot drink
- sun hat
- towel for paddling on hot days
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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