Northern Lake District Guided 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 £280.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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.

Up for a challenge? The famous peaks of Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn are calling!

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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

Discover the Lake District on Foot

Explore the beautiful Lake District on our guided walks. We offer a great range of walks to suit everyone - from gentle lakeside walks, to challenging mountain ridges. You may wish to climb famous peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra or Helvellyn, or discover peaceful corners including Crummock Water and the Newlands Valley. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Derwent Bank

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier walks 

Derwentwater

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium 

Medium walks

Buttermere

HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder

Harder walks

Helvellyn

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

Buttermere & Loweswater

Available on: 19 Sep 2018, 3 Oct 2018, 17 Apr 2019, 15 May 2019, 12 Jun 2019, 26 Jun 2019, 18 Jul 2019, 14 Aug 2019, 4 Sep 2019, 25 Sep 2019, 12 Oct 2019

Option 1: Loweswater Terrace

Tranquil Loweswater

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: Discover tranquil Loweswater, first from the lakeside, then gaze down on this charming scene from the terrace path above.

Don’t miss: Delightful Loweswater is one of the Lake District's lesser-known gems. Our walk ends at the famous Kirkstile Inn; one of the area's best traditional pubs.

Option 2: Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks

Fleetwith Pike from Buttermere

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting high in the mountains at the Honister Pass we'll walk to the summits of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks. We return via the lakeside path to Buttermere village.

Don’t miss: Haytacks achieved fame as the favourite mountain of legendary hillwalker and author Alfred Wainwright - we think its pretty special too!

Option 3: High Stile Ridge

View of Buttermere and the High Stile ridge

Distance: 9 miles (14½ km)

Total ascent: 2,800 feet (850m)

The walk in a nutshell: A great high-level traverse along the Buttermere skyline. Starting from Buttermere we'll take in the summits of Red Pike, High Stile and Haystacks

Don’t miss: A memorable day is assured as we enjoy the mountain panoramas and gaze down on the lake below.


Above Ullswater

Available on: 20 Sep 2018, 4 Oct 2018, 18 Apr 2019, 16 May 2019, 13 Jun 2019, 27 Jun 2019, 19 Jul 2019, 1 Aug 2019, 15 Aug 2019, 29 Aug 2019, 5 Sep 2019, 26 Sep 2019, 13 Oct 2019

Option 1: 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 o Glenridding.

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

Option 2: Aira Force & Sheffield Pike

Aira Force waterfall

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the Aira Force waterfall around the hillside above the Glencoyne Valley to the summit of Sheffield Pike which occupies a commanding position overlooking Ullswater.

Don’t miss: The impressive waterfall of Aira Force is one of a series of cascades in this delightful wooded valley.

Option 3: Fairfield & St Sunday Crag

St Sunday Crag

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,250 ft (1,000m)

The walk in a nutshell: A fine horseshoe walk that takes in the long ridge of Hartsop-above-How and the summits of Hart Crag, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag.

Don’t miss: The ridge between Fairfield and St Sunday Crag is challenging in places, but is a stunning way to cross between these two impressive mountains.


Skiddaw & Latrigg

Available on: 22 Sep 2018, 20 Oct 2018, 3 Nov 2018, 30 Mar 2019, 4 May 2019, 18 May 2019, 15 Jun 2019, 29 Jun 2019, 3 Aug 2019, 14 Sep 2019, 28 Sep 2019, 26 Oct 2019

Option 1: Latrigg

View from Latrigg over Keswick and Derwentwater

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through Brundholme Woods then up onto the summit of Lattrigg; 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 2: Glenderaterra & Latrigg

The mountain of Skiddaw, seen from Walla Crag

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Threlkeld we ascend
the lonely valley of Glenderaterra Beck before turning
south to the stunning viewpoint on top of Latrigg.

Don’t miss: 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.

Option 3: Skiddaw via Ullock Pike

Three walkers climbing a mountain

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total 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 to the village of Threlkeld.

Don’t miss: Celebrate your achievement with a pint at the Salutation Inn at Threlkeld.


Ullswater and Helvellyn

Available on: 23 Sep 2018, 21 Oct 2018, 4 Nov 2018, 31 Mar 2019, 5 May 2019, 19 May 2019, 16 Jun 2019, 30 Jun 2019, 4 Aug 2019, 15 Sep 2019, 29 Sep 2019, 27 Oct 2019

Option 1: Aira Force & Ullswater

Steamer on Ullswater

Distance: 4½ miles (7½km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the top of Gowbarrow Fell above Ullswater. We descend via a fantastic balcony path to Aira Force and a boat ride up the lake to Glenridding.

Don’t miss: 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

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.

Option 3: Helvellyn via the Edges

Helvellyn

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,050 feet (920m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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.


Cat Bells & Derwentwater

Available on: 25 Sep 2018, 9 Oct 2018, 16 Oct 2018, 23 Oct 2018, 30 Oct 2018, 2 Apr 2019, 7 May 2019, 21 May 2019, 18 Jun 2019, 2 Jul 2019, 6 Aug 2019, 17 Sep 2019, 1 Oct 2019, 29 Oct 2019

Option 1: Cat Bells 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 2: Cat Bells & 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.

Option 3: Newlands Round

View from Dale Head

Distance: 10 miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 3,050 feet (930m)

The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic high-level traverse of the Newlands Valley skyline. We start at the top of the Newlands Pass and take in the five 'Wainwright' summits of Robinson, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.

Don’t miss: With exhilarating high-level walking throughout, this classic route will appeal to all keen hillwalkers.


Borrowdale & Great Gable

Available on: 26 Sep 2018, 10 Oct 2018, 17 Oct 2018, 24 Oct 2018, 31 Oct 2018, 3 Apr 2019, 8 May 2019, 22 May 2019, 19 Jun 2019, 3 Jul 2019, 7 Aug 2019, 18 Sep 2019, 2 Oct 2019, 30 Oct 2019

Option 1: Jaws of Borrowdale

Green valley of Borrowdale

Distance: 6½ miles (10½ miles)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the green valley of Borrowdale as we follow the River Derwent from the foot of the mountains at Seathwaite. Visit the pretty village of Rosthwaite then pass through the 'Jaws of Borrowdale' to the village of Grange.

Don’t miss: We'll stop to see the 2,000 ton Bowder Stone, and Dalton's Cave (once home to the Lakeland legend Millican Dalton).

Option 2: Green Gable

View of Fleetwith Pike

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,500 feet (760m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from the top of the Honister Pass. Discover the heritage of the Lakeland slate mines as you make your way to the top of Fleetwith Pike, then continue to the summit of Green Gable.

Don’t miss: Fleetwith Pike is a fantastic viewpoint with a classic panorama over Buttermere and Crummock Water.

Option 3: Great Gable

Domed summit of Great Gable

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 3,200 feet (990m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Seathwaite to the grand summit of Great Gable. Our route takes us past Styhead Tarn and along the Gable Traverse; a narrow balcony path along the mountainside.

Don’t miss: Look out for the famous Napes Needle and Sphinx Rock on the way to the summit, then soak up the magnificent view over the Lake District's highest peaks.


Buttermere & the Derwent Fells

Available on: 27 Sep 2018, 11 Oct 2018, 18 Oct 2018, 25 Oct 2018, 1 Nov 2018, 4 Apr 2019, 9 May 2019, 23 May 2019, 20 Jun 2019, 4 Jul 2019, 8 Aug 2019, 19 Sep 2019, 3 Oct 2019, 31 Oct 2019

Option 1: Buttermere

Buttermere lake

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover beautiful Crummock Water at the start of a walk which takes us around the slopes of Rannerdale Knotts to Buttermere village. An attractive circuit of the lake completes the walk.

Don’t miss: A stunning lakeside walk surrounded by towering peaks, then enjoy refreshments at the Fish Inn at Buttermere.

Option 2: Sail Pass and Barrow

View of Causey Pike and the Newlands Valley

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (680)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Derwent Fells from Buttermere to Derwent Bank. Our route takes us through the Sail Pass, then on over the grassy summit of Barrow.

Don’t miss: Barrow is one of the area's most attractive lower fells, with views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the Newland's Valley.

Option 3: Derwent Fells Traverse

View from Causey Pike

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 3,400 feet (1,040m)

The walk in a nutshell: Make the steep ascent of Grasmoor, followed by an easy descent into Coledale Hause. We then climb once again onto the shapely summit of Grisedale Pike, after which it’s downhill all the way via Braithwaite village to Derwent Bank.

Don’t miss: A great traverse across the North Western Fells, taking in two of its most attractive summits.

 


Castlerigg & Blencathra

Available on: 29 Sep 2018, 13 Apr 2019, 11 May 2019, 8 Jun 2019, 22 Jun 2019, 13 Jul 2019, 10 Aug 2019, 31 Aug 2019, 21 Sep 2019, 8 Oct 2019

Option 1: Castlerigg stone circle

View from Castlerigg stone circle down St Johns in the Vale

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. Either end your walk here, or continue to Keswick.

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 2: High 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 ross the wonderful low-lying fell of High Rigg to Castlerigg stone circle. There are options to finish the walk at Castlerigg or 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. 

Option 3: Blencathra

Summit path on Blencathra

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,050 feet (940m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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 walking back to Derwent Bank.

Don’t miss: Ticking off one of the Lake District's most iconic mountains.


Derwent Water & Scafell Pike

Available on: 30 Sep 2018, 14 Apr 2019, 12 May 2019, 9 Jun 2019, 23 Jun 2019, 14 Jul 2019, 30 Jul 2019, 11 Aug 2019, 27 Aug 2019, 1 Sep 2019, 22 Sep 2019, 9 Oct 2019

Option 1: Derwentwater to Rosthwaite

View of Derwent Water

Distance: 5 miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (340m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Mountain, lake and river views at
every turn.

Option 2: Watendlath & Cat Bells Terrace

View of Derwentwater from Cat Bells Terrace

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (525m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the hill from Rosthwaite to Watendlath Tarn, then explore the elevated terrace path along the western side of Derwentwater.

Don’t miss: The walk along Cat Bells Terrace enjoys a breathtaking panorama over the lake and the surrounding fells.

Option 3: Scafell Pike

Rocky summit of Scafell Pike

Distance: 9 miles (14 km)

Total ascent: 3,150 ft (960m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Expect rough and steep paths; however there's plenty to celebrate when you cross the final boulders to reach the summit.


Newlands Valley & Derwent Fells

Available on: 2 Oct 2018, 16 Apr 2019, 14 May 2019, 11 Jun 2019, 25 Jun 2019, 16 Jul 2019, 31 Jul 2019, 13 Aug 2019, 28 Aug 2019, 3 Sep 2019, 24 Sep 2019, 10 Oct 2019

Option 1: 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 2: Outerside & Barrow

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.

Option 3: Coledale Horseshoe

View from Causey Pike

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,400 feet (1,050m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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 Gizedale Pike.

Don’t miss: Celebrate your achievement at the end of the day with  well-deserved drink in the pub at Braithwaite.


Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 9 Nov 2018, 12 Nov 2018, 15 Feb 2019, 22 Feb 2019, 25 Feb 2019, 1 Mar 2019, 4 Mar 2019, 18 Mar 2019, 25 Mar 2019, 11 Nov 2019, 15 Nov 2019, 18 Nov 2019

Two pheasants in the snowGuided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Lake District - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.

Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.

See our Spring & Winter Walks for further details.

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Three walkers walking up a mountainOur best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.

Holidays operate throughout the year - see the dates & prices tab.

Outdoor Escapes

Guests in the bar on an Outdoor Escapes holiday

Outdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and short breaks; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.

Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including challenging mountain walks for those who want to aim high. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights. 

Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star Country House with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.

Outdoor Escapes at Derwentwater start on Fri 21 September and Mon 24 September 2018, Fri 19 April, Mon 22 April, Fri 26 July and Fri 18 October 2019

Gentle Walking

NEW from HF HolidaysWalkers in the woods near Monk ConistonThis easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Lake District; ideal if you want to take things a little slower. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Gentle Walking at Derwentwater starts on Fri  31 May and Mon 3 June 2019

Spring & Winter Walking

Two pheasants in the snowJoin us on our specially tailored itinerary – complete with a choice of walks specially selected for the season.

  • Enjoy a choice of specially selected walks each day
  • Finish at a cosy pub or tea room
  • Experience breathtaking Lake District scenery without the crowds!

We operate these walks between November and Easter - see Spring & Winter Walking at Derwentwater for further details

Other Guided Walking holidays at Derwentwater

Guided Walking for Solos - all our famous guided walks, with like-minded solo company

Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits

Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks

Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike

 

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
8 Oct 2018 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £475.00 £430.00 Save £45 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
2 Nov 2018 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £325.00 £290.00 Save £35 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
9 Nov 2018 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 7 £699.00 £639.00 Save £60 Per Person - last rooms Book Now
9 Nov 2018 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 3 £325.00 £280.00 Save £45 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
12 Nov 2018 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £425.00 £355.00 Save £70 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
15 Feb 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
22 Feb 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
22 Feb 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Spring Early Booking TOP OFFER Book Now
25 Feb 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £435.00 £360.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
1 Mar 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Spring Early Booking TOP OFFER Book Now
1 Mar 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
4 Mar 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £435.00 £360.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
18 Mar 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £435.00 £360.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
25 Mar 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £435.00 £360.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
29 Mar 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £799.00 £699.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Spring Early Booking TOP OFFER Book Now
29 Mar 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
1 Apr 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £495.00 £420.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
12 Apr 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £799.00 £699.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Spring Early Booking TOP OFFER Book Now
15 Apr 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £495.00 £420.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
3 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
3 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
6 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
10 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
10 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
13 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
17 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
17 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
20 May 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
7 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
7 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
10 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
14 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
14 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
17 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
21 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
21 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
24 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
28 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
28 Jun 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
1 Jul 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
12 Jul 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
12 Jul 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
15 Jul 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
29 Jul 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
2 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £779.00 Save £100 off pp - Special August Early Booking OFFER Book Now
2 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
5 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
9 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
9 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £779.00 Save £100 off pp - Special August Early Booking OFFER Book Now
12 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
16 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
19 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
26 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
30 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £779.00 Save £100 off pp - Special August Early Booking OFFER Book Now
30 Aug 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
2 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
13 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
13 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £829.00 Save £50 off pp - Special September Early Booking OFFER Book Now
16 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
20 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
20 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp - Special September Early Booking OFFER Book Now
23 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
27 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £799.00 £724.00 Save £75 off pp - Special September Early Booking OFFER Book Now
27 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer *- Save £50 Per Person Book Now
30 Sep 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £495.00 £425.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
7 Oct 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 4 £495.00 £425.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
11 Oct 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer *- Save £50 Per Person Book Now
25 Oct 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Autumn Early Booking OFFER Book Now
25 Oct 2019 DBBOB - Guided Walking - Derwent Water 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer *- Save £50 Per Person Book Now
11 Nov 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
15 Nov 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 7 £725.00 £600.00 Save £125 off pp - Special Autumn Early Booking TOP OFFER Book Now
15 Nov 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer *- Save £50 Per Person Book Now
18 Nov 2019 DBBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

We like to reward early bookers with our best rooms so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them. 

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