3-Night Northern Lake District Guided Walking Holiday

Derwent Bank hotel and Derwent Water area. Stills from drone.
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £349pp £175pp

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Northern Lake District on foot 
  • Admire panoramic mountain, lake and river views from fells and peaks
  • Let our experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life 
  • 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 areas

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 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

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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 - Castlerigg Stone Circle

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Walk through the green Vale of St John to the iconic Castlerigg Stone Circle with its commanding view of the surrounding fells. Either end your walk here, or continue to Keswick.

Highlight: 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 museum, or just relax by the lakeshore.

Option 2 - High Rigg & Castlerigg

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: Starting from Castle Rock we'll cross the wonderful low-lying fell of High Rigg to Castlerigg stone circle. There are options to finish the walk at Castlerigg or Keswick.

Highlight: 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.

Option 3 - Blencathra

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 3,050 feet (940m)

In summary: Climb to the top of Blencathra via Souter Fell and Scales Fell. Our descent route over Blease Fell allows us to complete the entire Blencathra ridge before finishing our walk in Keswick.

Highlight: Ticking off one of the Lake District's most iconic mountains.


Option 1 - Derwentwater to Rosthwaite

Distance: 5 miles (8½km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

In summary: Follow the stunning western shoreline of Derwent Water to the pretty hamlet of Grange. Visit Dalton’s Cave, tucked away in the peaceful Borrowdale woodland, before following the crystalline water of the River Derwent to Rosthwaite.

Highlight: Mountain, lake and river views at every turn.

Option 2 - Watendlath & Cat Bells Terrace

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

In summary: Cross the hill from Rosthwaite to Watendlath Tarn, then explore the elevated terrace path along the western side of Derwentwater.

Highlight: The walk along Cat Bells Terrace enjoys a breathtaking panorama over the lake and the surrounding fells.

Option 3 - Scafell Pike

Distance: 9 miles (14 km)

Ascent: 3,150 ft (960m)

In summary: Head to England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike. We'll ascend via Grains Gill and Esk Hause over large boulders and scree, then descend via the Corridor Route.

Highlight: Expect rough and steep paths; however there's plenty to celebrate when you cross the final boulders to reach the summit.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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 - Latrigg

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Walk through Brundholme Woods then up onto the summit of Latrigg; one of the Lake District's finest lower hills.

Highlight: Latrigg is one of the lowest of the Lakeland fells but it really packs a punch - an outstanding view over Derwentwater.

Option 2 - Glenderaterra & Latrigg

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In summary: From Threlkeld we ascend the lonely valley of Glenderaterra Beck before turning south to the stunning viewpoint on top of Latrigg.

Highlight: This is a knockout walk for views across Derwent Water from the slopes of Lonscale Fell, plus there’s time to enjoy lively Keswick at the end of the walk.

Option 3 - Skiddaw via Ullock Pike

Distance: 11½ miles (19km)

Ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the top of Skiddaw via Ullock Pike and Longside Edge, with views over Bassenthwaite Lake. Our descent takes us via the remote Skiddaw House and along the Cumbria Way to Keswick.

Don’t miss: Celebrate your achievement with a pint in the Dog and Gun in Keswick.

 


Option 1 - Aira Force & Ullswater

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

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

Highlight: Aira Force is Lakeland’s most magnificent waterfall. The boat ride along Ullswater at the end of the walk is a great way to see this beautiful landscape from a different perspective.

Option 2 - 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 3 - Helvellyn via the Edges

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Ascent: 3,050 feet (920m)

In summary: A famous ascent of Helvellyn, England's third highest peak. We'll follow the narrow Striding Edge ridge to the summit, returning via the equally impressive Swirral Edge.

Highlight: Striding Edge isn't for the feint hearted; however it is one of the Lake District's classic walks with a great sense of achievement as you climb the final rocky steps onto the summit.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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 - Cumbria Way

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

In Summary: A varied circular walk from the pretty hamlet of Grange,  taking in beautiful woodland and riverside paths with some of the best scenery that Borrowdale has to offer. 

Highlight: View's of Lakeland's mighty central fells

 

Option 2 - Watendlath & Borrowdale

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m) 

In Summary: Starting at the southern end of Derwent Water we climb to the historic hamlet of Watendlath before descending to beautiful Borrowdale and the Cumbria Way to Grange. 

Highlight: The delightful undulating path along the 'hidden valley' of Watendlath Beck.

 

Option 3 - Glaramara

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 2,600 feet (800m) 

In Summary: An opportunity to tackle one of the Lake Districts finest fells. A steep craggy ascent gets us to the summit of this giant.

Highlight: The magnificent panoramic views from the top of this iconic mountain.

 


Option 1 - Loweswater Terrace

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Discover tranquil Loweswater, first from the lakeside, and later from the terrace path above. A lesser known Lakeland gem. 

Highlight: Our walk ends at the famous Kirkstile Inn; one of the area's best traditional pubs. Beautifully situated and full character.  

Option 2 - Low Fell & Darling Fell

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 2,250 feet (680m) 

In Summary: A gem of a walk in the quieter north western fells surrounding Loweswater, reaching the top of two peaks before following a delightful terrace path to the Kirkstile Inn.   

Highlight: The views from the summit of Low Fell, described as Wainwright as "classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness"

 

Option 3 - Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks

Distance: 8½ (13.5km) 

Ascent: 2,650 feet (800m)

In Summary: Starting from Buttermere village we'll have a lakeside walk before ascending to the summits of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks. We return via woodland and lakeside to Buttermere village.

Highlight: Hackstacks' beautiful tarns and rugged rocky outcrops made this Wainwright's favourite mountain.  

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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 - Newlands Valley

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (200m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: 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 2 - Outerside & Barrow

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (700m)

In summary: Cross the Newlands Valley to climb the neighbouring fells of Outerside and Barrow in the Coledale Valley.

Highlight: The grassy slopes of Outerside and Barrow are two delightful lower fells with great views over Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water.

Option 3 - Coledale Horseshoe

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,400 feet (1,050m)

In summary: Tackle the famous Coledale horseshoe. We ascend the steep ridges of Rowling End and Causey Pike then continue our high-level traverse over the peaks of Sail, Eel Crag and Grisedale Pike.

Highlight: Celebrate your achievement at the end of the day with a well-deserved drink in the pub at Braithwaite.


Option 1 - Derwentwater to Rosthwaite

Distance: 5 miles (8½km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

In summary: Follow the stunning western shoreline of Derwent Water to the pretty hamlet of Grange. Visit Dalton’s Cave, tucked away in the peaceful Borrowdale woodland, before following the crystalline water of the River Derwent to Rosthwaite.

Highlight: Mountain, lake and river views at every turn.

Option 2 - Watendlath & Cat Bells Terrace

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

In summary: Cross the hill from Rosthwaite to Watendlath Tarn, then explore the elevated terrace path along the western side of Derwentwater.

Highlight: The walk along Cat Bells Terrace enjoys a breathtaking panorama over the lake and the surrounding fells.

Option 3 - Scafell Pike

Distance: 9 miles (14 km)

Ascent: 3,150 ft (960m)

In summary: Head to England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike. We'll ascend via Grains Gill and Esk Hause over large boulders and scree, then descend via the Corridor Route.

Highlight: Expect rough and steep paths; however there's plenty to celebrate when you cross the final boulders to reach the summit.


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.

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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
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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