7-Night Northern Lake District Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Winter Sunrise on Skiddaw
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Festive Breaks
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £945pp £920pp

The landscaped gardens sloping down to the stunning lake coupled with the variety of walks on offer make Derwentwater an ideal location for your festive holiday. Warm, welcoming inns round off both lakeside and high mountain walks, where you can enjoy a camaraderie special for this time of year. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the comfort of our cosy Country House on the shores of Derwent Water
  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses 
  • Enjoy an excellent variety of walks boasting stunning views of Lakeland fells, lakes and tumbling waterfalls
  • Take in a magical theatre performance at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake if staying with us on Boxing Day
  • Let your experienced leader bring classic winter routes to life
  • Relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals - full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal and plenty of festive treats. 
  • A full programme of guided walks or activities 
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Activities in the evenings
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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.


After a short journey by coach we explore the superb Borrowdale Valley; the easier walk heading into Langstrath, the medium enjoying the popular paths around Rosthwaite and Grange Fell, while the harder has the fabulous summit of Glaramara in its sights.


We’ll build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with a choice of walks to the top of, or along the side of, the shapeliest fell on Derwent Water, Cat Bells. Expect to see a few other walkers out on one of the Lake District’s most popular mountains!


 Today’s walks head either south into the gorgeous Newlands Valley (easier and medium), with fell views to rival any in the Lakes, or if you want to bag a summit then Barrow, just to the west of Derwent Water offers great views of the Skiddaw and Blencathra ranges.



In the National Park’s north eastern corner lies the incomparable lake of Ullswater, surrounded by famous fells and intricate valleys carved into the fellside. We explore Gowbarrow on the easier walk, Glencoyne on the medium, and plan to stand on the topmost rocks of Place Fell on the harder walk (which lies to the east of the lake) for views out as far as the Pennines.


Follow the western shore of Derwent Water from the pretty hamlet of Rosthwaite on the easier walk, enjoy great views from the east side of the lake from Walla Crag on the medium, or tackle something harder to the west on Grisedale Pike, at nearly 2,500 feet its striking appearance is almost instantly recognisable from the vicinity of Keswick.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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.


In the National Park’s north eastern corner lies the incomparable lake of Ullswater, surrounded by famous fells and intricate valleys carved into the fellside. We explore Gowbarrow on the easier walk, Glencoyne on the medium, and plan to stand on the topmost rocks of Place Fell on the harder walk (which lies to the east of the lake) for views out as far as the Pennines.


Follow the western shore of Derwent Water from the pretty hamlet of Rosthwaite on the easier walk, enjoy great views from the east side of the lake from Walla Crag on the medium, or tackle something harder to the west on Grisedale Pike, at nearly 2,500 feet its striking appearance is almost instantly recognisable from the vicinity of Keswick.



Today’s walks all begin in the village of Threlkeld and walk back to Derwent Bank via Keswick. Blencathra is a familiar sight to the visitor to Keswick as it sits alongside the A66, sending down its five magnificent spurs towards the road. The harder walk aims to get to the top via Scales Tarn, whilst the easier and medium walks stay lower down in the valley.


We see in the New Year with a choice of walks to the top of, or along the side of, the shapeliest fell on Derwent Water, Cat Bells. Expect to see plenty of other walkers out on one of the Lake District’s most popular mountains!


To finish your holiday you can choose a walk on the shores and terrace of tranquil Loweswater for an easier walk; Mellbreak a glorious summit for the medium option or Low Fell & Darling Fell, a gem of walk with stunning views, finishing with a drink in front of a cosy fire at The Kirkstile Inn.


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

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

Getting to Derwent Bank

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)

Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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
2019
23 Dec - 30 Dec
7 Christmas £995 £965 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
27 Dec - 03 Jan
7 New Year £945 £920 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2020
23 Dec - 30 Dec
7 Christmas £1,029 Available Trip Notes Book Now
27 Dec - 03 Jan
7 New Year £979 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Festive Breaks
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

7 nights from £945pp £920pp

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