Christmas & New Year Walking at Derwentwater
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Twixmas & New Year
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.
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.
- Stay in the comfort of our Country House on the shores of Derwent Water
- 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
• Full board en-suite accommodation
• 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 present on Christmas Day
• A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve
Set right on the shores of Derwent Water our Country House treats you to scenic walking straight from its door. Admire stunning panoramas across the mirror-smooth lake set against the backdrop of razor-edged ridges and humpbacked fells.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Large double or two single beds
• Sole occupancy available for an extra £15 per night
• 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
• 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
|• 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
|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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
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.
- 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
Festive Guided Walking
Climb the mighty summit of Blencathra; explore the intricate Grizedale and Glencoyne valleys carved into the fell-side around Ullswater; visit charming Lakeland Villages; soak up the scenery on lakeside paths around Derwentwater, and Buttermere.
The walks programme
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:
Easier: up to a maximum of 6 miles (9.5km)
Medium: up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 11 miles (17.5km)
Friday 23 December 2016
Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea at 4 pm.
Saturday 24 December – Christmas Eve
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 Dock Tarn, while the harder has the fabulous summit of Glaramara in its sights.
Sunday 25 December 2016 - Christmas Day
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!
When you return to Derwent Bank there will be presents for all our guests under the tree. Relax and enjoy some mulled wine in the lounge.
Our Christmas meal will be the highlight of the evening – meet in the bar for pre-dinner cocktails, then enjoy our meal of traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer. This is an opportunity to dress up – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.
Monday 26 December 2016 - Boxing Day
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 top then Barrow, just to the west of Derwent Water, offers great views of the Skiddaw and Blencathra ranges.
Twixmas - Festive Guided Walking
Tuesday 27th December 2016
Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea at 4 pm.
Wednesday 28th December 2016
In the National Park’s northeastern corner lies the incomparable lake of Ullswater, surrounded by famous fells, and intricate valleys carved into the fellside. We explore Gowbarrow on an easier walk, Glencoyne on a medium, and plan to stand on top of Place Fell on the harder walk (which lies to the east of the lake) for views out to the Pennines and Yorkshire.
Thursday 29th December 2016
Follow the western shore of Derwent Water from the pretty hamlet of Grange 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 Grizedale Pike, it’s pointy top at nearly 2,500 ft recognisable from many points in the area.
New Year - Festive Walking
Friday 30th December 2016
Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea at 4 pm.
Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve
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 Fell, whilst the easier and medium walks stay lower down in the valley.
Sunday 1 January 2017 - New Year’s Day
We see in the New Year in fine style 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!
Monday 2 January 2017
To finish your holiday, you can choose the stunning shoreline of Crummock Water into Buttermere for an easier walk, the super but less well-known fell Mellbreak on one of our more challenging medium walks, or Wainwright’s (and many others’ favourite!) Haystacks, for the harder option.
Discover the Lake District
The Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.
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:
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 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
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, 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 to Derwentwater
Our address is: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Penrith - this is straightforward journey - allow 2 hours to Penrith. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Penrith station you can complete the journey to Derwent Bank using our transfer, by bus, or by taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Penrith. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Penith takes 3 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
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|23 Dec 2017||DBXFW - Festive Walking - Derwentwater||4||£695.00||Book Now|
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- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person