4-Night Northern Lake District Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Lake District, Cumbria, UK
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £449pp £374pp

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 in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

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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.

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.


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 - Aira Force to Pooley Bridge

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In Summary: Visit the spectacular Aira Force waterfall, then follow the Ullswater Way along the panoramic balcony path beneath Gowbarrow Fell. We finish at Pooley Bridge for a cruise along the length of the lake of Glenridding. 

Highlight: See Ullswater from an elevated path and the fells from the water as you discover this most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. 

 

Option 3 - Place Fell & Ullswater

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 2,250 feet (700m) 

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. 

 


Option 1 - Castlerigg Stone Circle

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Total ascent: 570 feet (175m) 

In SummaryA gentle ascent to Castlerigg Stone Circle, potentially one of the earliest in the country. Field and woodland paths take us on to Keswick. 

HighlightThe dramatic setting of Castlerigg Stone Circle affords stunning views of the surrounding fells. And there's time to explore Keswick at the end of the walk. 

 

 

Option 2 - St John's in the Vale & Castlerigg

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In SummaryWalk through the green Vale of St John to the iconic Castlerigg Stone Circle with its commanding view of the surrounding fells. Continue to Keswick on field and woodland paths. 

HighlightThere's time to explore the attractive town of Keswick. You may enjoy visiting one of the many pubs or tearooms, discover the town's quirky museum, or just relax by the lakeshore. 

 

Option 3 - High Rigg & Castlerigg

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)  

In SummaryStarting from Castle Rock we'll cross the wonderful low-lying fell of High Rigg to Castlerigg stone circle before continuing on to Keswick. 

HighlightCastlerigg Stone Circle dates to c3,000BC and is one of most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain with great views of the Lakeland fells. 

 


Option 1 - Littletown to Braithwaite

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 260 feet (80m) 

In SummaryA gentle meander through the Newlands Valley contouring below the magnificent Derwent Fells. A gem of a valley with lots of interest. 

HighlightThe delightful Newlands Church, mentioned by Wordsworth in his poem 'To May' and the places that inspired Beatrix Potter to write the Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle

 

Option 2 - Newlands Valley

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (200m)

In SummaryWalk through the tranquil green Newlands Valley, passing the remote church and charming hamlet of Little Town, on our walk back to our country house. 

HighlightDiscover the locations featured in Beatrix Potter's Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, and find out more about the vicar's daughter who became the book's child heroine. 

 

Option 3 - Barrow & Outerside

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 2,250 feet (700m)  

In SummaryCross the Newlands Valley to climb the neighbouring fells of Outerside and Barrow in the Coledale Valley. 

HighlightThe grassy slopes of Outerside and Barrow are two delightful lower fells with great views over Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater. 

 


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

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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

Getting to Derwent Bank

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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

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2020
25 May - 29 May
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07 Sep - 11 Sep
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09 Nov - 13 Nov
4 Version 1 £449 £374 Save £75 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

4 nights from £449pp £374pp

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