Guided Walking at Derwentwater

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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.

 

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Toiletries
• Sole occupancy available on request for an extra £20 per night
Premium Rooms
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Monarch 1500 spring bed
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• 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

All 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

An example of Derwentwater evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just 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.

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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

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

New 2018 walks: Castlerigg & Blencathra

Available on: 19 May 2018, 23 Jun 2018, 7 Jul 2018, 21 Jul 2018, 1 Sep 2018, 15 Sep 2018, 29 Sep 2018

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: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 3,500 feet (1,060m)

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of Blencathra via the steep and airy arête of Hall’s Fell. Our descent route is easier and takes us on over Latrigg back to Derwent Bank.

Don’t miss: The narrow ridge of Hall's Fell was described by Wainwright as "the finest way to any mountain top" and is a spectacular way to arrive at this fine summit.


New 2018 walks: Derwent Water & Scafell Pike

Available on: 20 May 2018, 24 Jun 2018, 8 Jul 2018, 22 Jul 2018, 2 Sep 2018, 16 Sep 2018, 30 Sep 2018

Option 1: Watendlath & Derwentwater

View of Derwent Water

Distance: 5 miles (8½km)

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

The walk in a nutshell: Deep in the Borrowdale Valley, we begin by walking from the pretty village of Rosthwaite over the hill to Watendlath Tarn, before heading to the shores of Derwentwater.

Don’t miss: The justifiably popular lakeside path is a real delight. We finish our walk by catching the launch back up the lake to our country house. 

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.


New 2018 walks: Newlands Valley & Derwent Fells

Available on: 22 May 2018, 26 Jun 2018, 10 Jul 2018, 24 Jul 2018, 4 Sep 2018, 18 Sep 2018, 2 Oct 2018

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.


New 2018 walks: Buttermere & Loweswater

Available on: 23 May 2018, 27 Jun 2018, 11 Jul 2018, 25 Jul 2018, 5 Sep 2018, 19 Sep 2018, 3 Oct 2018

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: Hackstacks 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: 9½ miles (15½ km)

Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)

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

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


New 2018 walks: Above Ullswater

Available on: 24 May 2018, 28 Jun 2018, 12 Jul 2018, 26 Jul 2018, 6 Sep 2018, 20 Sep 2018, 4 Oct 2018

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: 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.


NEW 2018 walks: Skiddaw & Latrigg

Available on: 26 May 2018, 2 Jun 2018, 9 Jun 2018, 16 Jun 2018, 30 Jun 2018, 14 Jul 2018, 28 Jul 2018, 18 Aug 2018, 8 Sep 2018, 22 Sep 2018, 20 Oct 2018, 3 Nov 2018

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: Skiddaw

The mountain of Skiddaw, seen from Walla Crag

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 2,350 feet (720m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the summit of Skiddaw via the the broad 'tourist' path. We'll then descend the rounded Longside Edge to the village of Braithwaite.

Don’t miss: That sense of achivement as you reach the summit of England's 4th highest peak.

Option 3: Skiddaw via Ullock Pike

Three walkers climbing a mountain

Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 3,100 feet (950m)

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.


New 2018 walks: Ullswater and Helvellyn

Available on: 27 May 2018, 3 Jun 2018, 10 Jun 2018, 17 Jun 2018, 1 Jul 2018, 15 Jul 2018, 29 Jul 2018, 19 Aug 2018, 9 Sep 2018, 23 Sep 2018, 21 Oct 2018, 4 Nov 2018

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.


NEW 2018 walks: Cat Bells & Derwentwater

Available on: 29 May 2018, 5 Jun 2018, 12 Jun 2018, 19 Jun 2018, 3 Jul 2018, 17 Jul 2018, 31 Jul 2018, 21 Aug 2018, 28 Aug 2018, 11 Sep 2018, 25 Sep 2018, 9 Oct 2018, 16 Oct 2018, 23 Oct 2018, 30 Oct 2018

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.


NEW 2018 walks: Borrowdale & Great Gable

Available on: 30 May 2018, 6 Jun 2018, 13 Jun 2018, 20 Jun 2018, 4 Jul 2018, 18 Jul 2018, 1 Aug 2018, 22 Aug 2018, 29 Aug 2018, 12 Sep 2018, 26 Sep 2018, 10 Oct 2018, 17 Oct 2018, 24 Oct 2018, 31 Oct 2018

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.


New 2018 walks: Buttermere & the Derwent Fells

Available on: 31 May 2018, 7 Jun 2018, 14 Jun 2018, 21 Jun 2018, 5 Jul 2018, 19 Jul 2018, 2 Aug 2018, 23 Aug 2018, 30 Aug 2018, 13 Sep 2018, 27 Sep 2018, 11 Oct 2018, 18 Oct 2018, 25 Oct 2018, 1 Nov 2018

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.

 


Cat Bells & Newlands Valley - with a pub lunch

Available on: 10 Nov 2018, 15 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Catbells Terrace

View of Derwentwater from Cat Bells Terrace

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the Newlands Valley, this walk leads us along the lakeshore before looping back for the classic views of Derwentwater along Catbells terrace. After the pub at Swinside we follow The Cumbria Way back to the House 

Don’t miss: Unspoilt views across Derwentwater to the eastern shores, with Walla Crag, Blencathra and Skiddaw all visible (on a clear day). 

Option 2: Catbells

View from the top of Cat Bells

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: Visiting the summit of Catbells, one of the most popular short climbs in the Lake District, this walk returns via the Newlands Valley with views of Little Town made famous by Beatrix Potter as the home of Mrs Tiggy Winkle. 

Don’t miss: Newlands Church, situated in Little Town dates back to the 16th Century. This chapel was visited by William Wordsworth in May 1826, inspiring him to write a stanza in his poem “To May”, the full poem being on display in the chapel. 




Whinlatter and Braithwaite - with a pub lunch

Available on: 11 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Whinlatter

Whinlatter Combs Beck

Distance: 4½ miles (7km) 

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (350m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk beside Comb Beck up to the interesting Whinlatter Visitor Centre, great views of Skiddaw on the way back to Braithwaite. 

Don’t miss: 

Option 2: Outerside & Barrow

Grassy slopes of Outserside

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Stoneycroft ascend the old cobalt mine road to High Moss, then over Outerside and Barrow (Wainwrights) to Braithwaite and back to the House

Don’t miss: 




Borrowdale - with a pub lunch

Available on: 13 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Dalton's Cave

Green valley of Borrowdale

Distance: 6.5 miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walking from Grange, this is an interesting circular walk that takes in some of the best scenery that Borrowdale has to offer. 

Don’t miss: Dalton's Cave - home to Millican Dalton for 50 years!

Option 2: Castle Crag

Castle Crag Cairn

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,350 feet (710m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from Stonethwaite, we visit Dock Tarn before stopping for lunch. In the afternoon we climb Castle Crag before continuing down the Borrowdale valley to the beautiful village of Grange.

Don’t miss: The opportunity to do a spot of bird watching. Peregrine falcons, barn owls, pied flycatchers, greater spotted woodpeckers and Dippers are all inhabitants of the Borrowdale Valley




Loweswater - with a pub lunch

Available on: 14 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Loweswater Terrace

Tranquil Loweswater

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (350m)

The walk in a nutshell:  A classic circuit offering unrivalled views of Grasmoor and satisfying lake shore walking beside Loweswater, one of the Lake District's lesser visited lakes.

Don’t miss: A chance to sample the local Loweswater Gold Ale, judged champion Golden Ale of Britain in 2011.

Option 2: Low Fell and Darling Fell

View looking over Crummock Water

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,340 feet (630)

The walk in a nutshell: A gem of a walk in the quieter north western fells. Great views of Grasmoor, Crummock and Loweswater and a terrace walk along Loweswater.  

Don’t miss: The views from the summit of Low Fell, described as Wainwright as "classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness" 

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Three walkers climbing 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.

 

 

We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:


Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes

Two female walkers enjoying a drink after their walk

NEW from HF HolidaysOur Outdoor Escapes are ideally suited to working age guests. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with guests who also need to escape the working day.

During the day you can enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or relax in the lounge with new-found friends. For those that wish they'll also be informal evening activities on offer; perhaps a team quiz, or talk from a National Park ranger.

 

Outdoor Escapes at Derwentwater start on Fri 3 August, Mon 6 August 2018, Fri 21 September and Mon 24 September 2018


Spring & Winter Walking

Seasonal walks with a hot lunch included!

NEW from HF HolidaysJoin us on this new, specially tailored itinerary – complete with a choice of walks specially selected for the season plus a tasty hot lunch at handpicked local pubs on route

  • Enjoy a choice of two specially selected walks each day
  • Our easier options include a hot lunch in a local pub
  • Experience breathtaking Lake District scenery without the crowds!

We operate these walks in February, March and November 2018 - see Spring & Winter Walking at Derwentwater for further details


Other Guided Walking holidays at Derwentwater

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).

Pendolino train at speed 

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

Bus in Keswick

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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

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  • Premium twin/double room: £15 per person per night
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