Northern Lake District Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in the Lake District

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Activity types:

  • Christmas & New Year
  • High Mountains

Level

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £399.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • 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

Price Includes

        • 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

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Accommodation

Derwentback Accommodation

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.

 

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At your house

  • Welcoming bar with local beer
  • Conservatory with superb views
  • Extensive gardens
  • Lake jetty
  • Formal Garden
  • Putting green
  • Croquet lawn
  • Boot Room
  • Drying room
  • Free WiFi in some public rooms
  • Large, comfortable lounge
  • Attractive dining room
  • Board games and books
  • Mini-golf

Dining

An example of Derwentwater evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. 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

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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 optional 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

Itinerary

Festive Walking at Derwentwater

Climb the mighty summit of Blencathra; explore the intricate Grisedale 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.

Our House Manager and leaders are busy putting together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. 

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. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 6 miles (9½km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 9 miles (14½km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 11 miles (17½km).

Borrowdale & Glaramara - Monday 24 December

Two pheasants in the snowAfter 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.

Catbells - Tuesday 25 December

View across the lake to Cat BellsWe’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!

Newlands Valley & Fells - Wednesday 26 December

View from Dale Head 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.

Above Ullswater - Friday 28 December

View of Ullswater from GowbarrowIn 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.

Derwentwater & Grisedale Pike - Saturday 29 December

Grisedale Pike

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 2,500ft its striking appearance is almost instantly recognisable from the vicinity of Keswick.

Threlkeld & Blencathra - Monday 31 December

Summit path on BlencathraToday’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.

Catbells - Tuesday 1 January

Cat BellsWe 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!

Buttermere & Haystacks - Wednesday 2 January

Looking down over Buttermere lakeTo 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.

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).

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 £16 return, however a place must be reserved at least 7 days 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 approximately 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.

Alternatively catch the bus to Keswick and then take a short taxi journey to Derwent Bank in Portinscale.

For bus times see www.traveline.info

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.

Travel by plane

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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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
27 Dec 2018 DBXFW - Festive Walking - Derwentwater 3 £399.00 £399.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2018 DBXFW - Festive Walking - Derwentwater 4 £665.00 £665.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2019 DBXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Derwentwater 4 £735.00 £735.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2019 DBXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Derwentwater 7 £995.00 £965.00 Save £30 per person Book Now
27 Dec 2019 DBXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Derwentwater 7 £945.00 £920.00 Save £25 per person Book Now
30 Dec 2019 DBXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Derwentwater 4 £685.00 £685.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

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