Northern Lake District Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the Lake District on foot


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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 £345.00 - 3 to 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Lake District. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Known as the ‘Queen of the Lakes’, Derwent Water’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.



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.



'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


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.


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


This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Lake District. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Half-Day walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Gentle walks at Church Stretton

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy



Medium walks

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium


 Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Derwentwater & Latrigg

Available on: 1 Jun 2019

Option 1: Latrigg to Keswick

Jetties at Keswick

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: From an elevated starting point, a gentle ascent to the summit of Latrigg followed by a gradual descent through Brundholme Woods to Keswick.

Don’t miss: Fantastic views over Derwentwater and walker friendly pubs, tearooms and shops in Keswick.

Option 2: Latrigg

View from Latrigg over Keswick and Derwentwater

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 1360 feet (380m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through Brundholme Woods then up onto the summit of Latrigg; one of the Lake District's finest lower hills.

Don’t miss: Latrigg is one of the lowest of the Lakeland fells but it really packs a punch - an outstanding view over Derwentwater.

Option 3: Glenderaterra & Latrigg

The mountain of Skiddaw, seen from Walla Crag

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1850 feet (550m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk into the fells to the head of the steep sided Glenderattera Valley before joining the Cumbria Way to Keswick, taking in the summit of Latrigg on the way.

Don’t miss: The contrasting views afforded by this gem of a walk.

Catbells & Derwentwater

Available on: 2 Jun 2019

Option 1: Derwentwater

View of Derwent Water

Distance: 4 miles (6½ km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (125m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Grange in Borrowdale we walk the length of Derwentwater back to the house.

Don’t miss: The impressive 17th century double-arched bridge over the River Derwent at Grange and some of the best views you'll see.

Option 2: Catbells Terrace

Canoeists on Derwentwater

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the elevated path along Cat Bells terrace, then return along the beautiful lakeshore path.

Don’t miss: This stunning route is right on our doorstep. Throughout the walk you'll enjoy stunning views over Derwentwater and the surrounding Lakeland fells.

Option 3: Catbells & High Spy

View from the top of Cat Bells

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (550m)

The walk in a nutshell: Start high in the mountains at the Honister Pass for a great walk over High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.

Don’t miss: The shapely summit of Cat Bells is one of the most popular fells in the Lake District. There are a few rocky sections, but your efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the lake and the surrounding fells.

Above Ullswater

Available on: 4 Jun 2019

Option 1: Aira Force to Glenridding

Steamer on Ullswater

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 330 feet (80m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Great views of the lake and surrounding mountains and a relaxing drink in Pooley Bridge!

Option 2: Aira Force to Pooley Bridge

View over Ullswater from Gowbarrow Terrace

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: See Ullswater from the water, and on foot as you discover this most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes.

Option 3: Place Fell & Ullswater

View over Ullswater from the slopes of Helvellyn

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (700m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Ullswater is one of the area's most attractive lakes. You'll enjoy great views towards  Helvellyn and the North Pennines.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Available on: 5 Jun 2019

Option 1: Castlerigg Stone Circle

View from Castlerigg stone circle down St Johns in the Vale

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 570 feet (175m)

The walk in a nutshell: A gentle ascent to Castlerigg Stone Circle, potentially one of the earliest in the country. Field and woodland paths take us on to Keswick.

Don’t miss: The 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

View from Latrigg over Keswick and Derwentwater

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: There'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 museam, or just relax by the lakeshore.

Option 3: Higg Rigg & Castlerigg

Jetties at Keswick

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from Castle Rock we'll cross the wonderful low-lying fell of High Rigg to Castlerigg stone circle before continuing on to Keswick.

Don’t miss: Castlerigg Stone Circle dates to c3,000BC and is one of most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain with great views of the Lakeland fells.

Newlands Valley & Derwent Fells

Available on: 6 Jun 2019

Option 1: Littletown to Braithwaite

View from Causey Pike over the Newlands Valley

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 260 feet (80m)

The walk in a nutshell: A gentle meander through the Newlands Valley contouring below the magnificent Derwent Fells. A gem of a valley with lots of interest.

Don’t miss: The 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

Mountains on the Newlands Round

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (200m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through the tranquil green Newlands Valley, passing the remote church and charming hamlet of Little Town, on our walk back to our country house.

Don’t miss: Discover 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

Grassy slopes of Outserside

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (700m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Newlands Valley to climb the neighbouring fells of Outerside and Barrow in the Coledale Valley.

Don’t miss: The grassy slopes of Outerside and Barrow are two delightful lower fells with great views over Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater.

Local area

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:

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.



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.



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.

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. or

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.

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.

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. or


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.

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.


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 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.


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

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 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 for train times.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
31 May 2019 DBBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Derwentwater 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Summer offer Book Now
31 May 2019 DBBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Derwentwater 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
3 Jun 2019 DBBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Derwentwater 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now

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