3-Night Northern Lake District Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Lake District, Cumbria, UK
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3

Known as the ‘Queen of the Lakes’, Derwentwater’s gentle beauty is easy to explore on our Guided Walking holidays. Surrounded by the picture-postcard valleys of Buttermere and Borrowdale and lofty mountains, the sheer splendour of these landscapes is guaranteed to inspire you.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Lake District on foot
  • Explore this beautiful national park at a very gentle pace with plenty of time to admire your surroundings   
  • Let an experienced walking leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Enjoy magnificent Lake District scenery and visit charming Lakeland villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Lakes’ history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking area

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • Two full days of guided walking
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Latrigg to Keswick

Distance:  miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In SummaryFrom an elevated starting point, a gentle ascent to the summit of Latrigg followed by a gradual descent through Brundholme Woods to Keswick. 

Highlight: Fantastic views over Derwentwater and walker friendly pubs, tearooms and shops in Keswick.

Option 2 - Applethwaite and Latrigg

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In Summary: This walk takes us across flat fields towards the imposing mass of Skiddaw. From the hamlet of Applethwaite we start our gentle climb to the summit of Latrigg. We descend into the market town of Keswick before a level walk across fields and rivers back to the country house.

Highlight: Latrigg packs a real punch for a smaller fell with superb views across Keswick and Derwentwater towards Borrowdale.

Option 3 - Dodd

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In Summary: This walk follows the same route out and back making the most of the views in both directions. After crossing fields to the hamlet of Applethwaite, the path rises quite steeply through Thornthwaite forest to the summit of Dodd. From the top the views over Bassenthwaite Lake are beautiful.

Highlight: Keep your eyes peeled, if you are lucky you may be able to spot Ospreys.


Option 1 - Derwentwater Shore

Distance: 3.5 miles (6km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (160m) 

In summary: Whilst we do retrace our steps on this walk it is a delight in either direction. Initially following woodland track we first come to the water at Derwent Bay and from here continue on a more uneven path along the shoreline. On the return you may wish to view the lovely walled garden on the Lingholm estate.  

Highlight: Take in the view of imposing Skiddaw above Keswick and across the water to the islands. 

Option 2 - Catbells Terrace

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 350 feet (100m) 

In Summary: Follow the elevated path along Catbells terrace, then return along the beautiful lakeshore path. 

Highlight: This stunning route is right on our doorstep. Throughout the walk you'll enjoy glorious views over Derwentwater and the surrounding Lakeland fells. 

Option 3 - Cat Bells

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

In summary: We begin heading up the ridge to the summit of Cat Bells you'll need your hands for some fun rocky scrambling just before the top. We then descend to the lakeside path and a beautiful walk along part of the Cumbria Way.  

Highlight: Cat Bells' shapely summit is one of the most popular fells in the Lake District for all ages. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Derwentwater Shore

Distance: 3.5 miles (6km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (160m) 

In summary: Whilst we do retrace our steps on this walk it is a delight in either direction. Initially following woodland track we first come to the water at Derwent Bay and from here continue on a more uneven path along the shoreline. On the return you may wish to view the lovely walled garden on the Lingholm estate.  

Highlight: Take in the view of imposing Skiddaw above Keswick and across the water to the islands. 

Option 2 - Catbells Terrace

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 350 feet (100m) 

In Summary: Follow the elevated path along Catbells terrace, then return along the beautiful lakeshore path. 

Highlight: This stunning route is right on our doorstep. Throughout the walk you'll enjoy glorious views over Derwentwater and the surrounding Lakeland fells. 

Option 3 - Cat Bells

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

In summary: We begin heading up the ridge to the summit of Cat Bells you'll need your hands for some fun rocky scrambling just before the top. We then descend to the lakeside path and a beautiful walk along part of the Cumbria Way.  

Highlight: Cat Bells' shapely summit is one of the most popular fells in the Lake District for all ages. 


Option 1 - Aira Force to Glenridding

Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Ascent: 330 feet (80m) 

In Summary: Visit the spectacular Aira Force waterfall, then follow the low level Ullswater Way footpath to Glenridding. Here we board the Steamer for a cruise along the length of the lake to finish at Pooley Bridge. 

Highlight: Great views of the lake and surrounding mountains and a relaxing drink in Pooley Bridge! 

Option 2 - Gowbarrow Fell

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

In Summary: A circular walk around and over Gowbarrow Fell taking in the beautiful high terrace path above Ullswater, before continuing along the Ullswater Way to the village of Glenridding. 

Highlight: The impressive waterfall of Aira Force is one of a series of cascades in this delightful wooded valley.

Option 3 - Place Fell & Ullswater

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In Summary: Make the moderately steep ascent to the top of Place Fell that commands an excellent view at the head of Ullswater. We descend to follow the attractive lakeside path to Glenridding. 

Highlight: Ullswater is one of the area's most attractive lakes. You'll enjoy great views towards Helvellyn and the North Pennines.


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 ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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. Food at Derwent Bank is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Derwent Bank

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

Getting to Derwent Bank

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Essential Information

“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

  • Waterproof 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)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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

Guest Reviews

Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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