Festive Self-guided Walking at Derwentwater

Code: DBPXA

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Newly Refurbished
  • Twixmas & New Year

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  • Easier
  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Hard
  • Harder
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Difficulty indicator

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 £325.00 - 3 nights

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Holiday overview

Enjoy a festive break in the Lake District with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect Self-guided walking holiday.

Our 4-star Country House, Derwent Bank, idyllically situated on the shores of Derwent Water, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, our legendary picnic lunches, and our excellent boot and drying room. To help you explore we'll give you a free Ordnance Survey map, plus detailed route notes for our recommended walking and cycle routes. On many holidays our experienced leaders are on hand to offer help and advice.

Great value. What’s included:

  • Full Board accommodation - breakfast, evening meal and an extensive walkers' picnic lunch
  • A free Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer map of the local area with every booking
  • Detailed route notes, ranging from short strolls to mountain walks
  • Country House Escapes guide – full of information about local attractions, activities and suggested itineraries to help plan your break
  • All the Country House facilities, including our well equipped boot and drying room
  • On many holidays our experienced walking leaders are available to offer help and advice

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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

Self-guided walks

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Derwent Bank - the starting point for your outdoor adventure. You'll find:

  • Our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow
  • Comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks
  • Ideas and contacts for more active options such as kayaking and pony trekking
  • A daily weather forecast 

When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not cycle around the lake or in nearby Whinlatter Forest, or take in a performance at Keswick’s superb Theatre by the Lake. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.

Detailed walking notes: all our walking notes contain detailed directions, route maps, and information about the places of interest on the route.

Sample route - Around Buttermere    Sample route - Latrigg via Keswick

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Laid back walks

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the magnificent mountain landscapes. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

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  HF Holidays walks level 1 easier   Latrigg short walk - 1½ miles  

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 HF Holidays walks level 1 easier Mirehouse & St Bega's church - 1½ miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 1 easier Friar's Crag - 2 miles

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HF Holidays walks level 1 easier Brandlehow Woods - 2½ miles

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HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Through the Jaws of Borrowdale - 4 miles

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HF Holidays walks level 1 easier Around Buttermere - 4 miles

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HF Holidays walks level 1 easier Around Swinside - 5 miles
HF Holidays car icon HF Holidays' boat icon  HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Ashness Bridge - 5 miles

Leg stretcher walks

Some longer walks on valley and lakeside paths, plus a few of the easier lower fells. Experience a true flavour of Lakeland as you follow these varied routes.

 HF Holidays' boat icon     HF Holidays car icon             HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Walla Crag & Ashness Bridge - 6 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Borrowdale & Derwent Water - 6 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Cat Bells Terrace - 7 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Cat Bells - 7 miles
HF Holidays bus icon  HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Watendlath & Derwent Water - 8 miles
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Newlands Valley - 9 miles
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Latrigg via Keswick - 9 miles 
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Around Derwent Water - 9 miles

Full on walks

For those who love the high mountains. Expect some rough paths as you head to some of these famous summits, but there are plenty of rewards when you reach the top.

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HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard Haystacks - 5 miles

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HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard Blencathra - 7 miles

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HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder High Stile - 9 miles

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HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder Scafell Pike - 9 miles

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HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder Cat Bells, Maiden Moor & High Spy - 12 miles 
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder Newlands Round - 13 miles

What our HF Holiday route testers say:

High Stile Ridge:"A superb, high level, walk with fantastic views in all directions. One of my favourite Lakeland walks that is worthy of enjoying on a long, fine summer day" Cath Pearce, HF Holidays' Leader 

Newlands Round: "A varied and demanding walk that shows the different faces of Newlands, from the pastoral lowlands to the rough, high tops." Martin Jones, HF Holidays' Leader

Brandlehow Woods: ..."You can also extend your day by using the launch to circumnavigate the lake after your walk." John Wrigley, HF Holidays' Leader 

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.

 

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
27 Dec 2016 DBPXA - Festive Self-guided - Derwentwater 3 £325.00 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

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