Guided Walking at Derwentwater

Lake District

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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

Save up to 125Admire stunning panoramas of mirror-smooth lakes, razor-edged ridges and humpbacked fells sprinkled with mountain tarns.
Known as the ‘Queen of the Lakes’, Derwent Water’s gentle beauty is easy to explore.

Surrounded by the picture-postcard valleys of Buttermere and Borrowdale, the sheer splendour of these landscapes will inspire you.

 

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Accommodation

Enjoy beautiful views over Derwent Water and the surrounding fells from this stunning property on the shores of the lake itself. 

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Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with either bath or shower
• Large double or two single beds • Sole occupancy available for an extra £15 per night
Premium Rooms
• Check in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Comfortable slippers TV, DVD and safe Hairdryer
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus 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
• Laundry facilities
• Free WiFi in some public rooms
• Large, comfortable lounge
• Attractive dining room
• Board games and books
And our favourite
Dandelion cafe with
comfortable chairs,
delicious local produce and
a great cup of tea of coffee

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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

Dinner at Derwent Bank

Your evenings

Two guests enjoying a drink

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 option 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

During your stay, enjoy classic lakeside, valley and mountain ridge walks, ascend famous Lakeland mountain peaks including Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Great Gable, all while staying at Derwent Bank, right on the lake shore.

Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

 

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

 

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder

 
Harder walks
 
 

We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 & 2017 - see below.


For 2017 Itinerary

2016 Itinerary

Group A: St John's in the Vale and Blencathra

Easier Walk: In the shadow of Castle Rock we walk along the Vale of St John below High Rigg. We reach the highlight of Castlerigg Stone Circle (c3,000BC) before we return to Keswick and the launch back. 7 miles (11km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From the north end of Thirlmere we enjoy the wonderful low-lying fell of High Rigg before joining the same route as the Easier Walk. 8 miles (13km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Threlkeld, the steep and airy arête of Hall’s Fell to the top of Blencathra is described by Wainwright as the finest way to any mountain top and is our challenge today. The route down is on grassy Blease Fell to the Blencathra Field Centre and over Latrigg to Portinscale. Some sections of scrambling, requiring a head for heights. 11 miles (17.5km) with 3,300 feet (990m) of ascent. 


Group B: Scafell Pike and Derwent Water

Easier Walk: Deep in the Borrowdale Valley, we begin our walk from the pretty village of Rosthwaite over to Watendlath. Following Watendlath Beck we take a diversion to view Lodore Falls before strolling back along the shores of Derwent Water. 7 miles (11km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From the edge of Keswick we ascend gradually via Spring Wood to reach the superlative viewpoint of Walla Crag. We continue down to the beautiful setting of Ashness Bridge, then follow the very edge of the lake back to Keswick and eventually, Derwent Bank. 8 miles (13 km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.

Walk changed from that originally advertised due to flood damage to footpaths in the Keswick area

Harder Walk: The ascent of England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike, is our objective today and we walk from Seathwaite up to Styhead Tarn and then ascend via the spectacular Corridor Route. We descend via Esk Hause and Grains Gill back to Seathwaite. Some rough, steep paths over rock, large boulders and scree, requiring a head for heights, make this a challenging walk. 9 miles (14.5km) with 3,100 feet (930m) of ascent. 


Group C: West of Derwent Water

Easier Walk: circular walk with lovely views,contouring along the Cat Bells ridge by an old mine route before dropping down to the shore of Derwent Water to meander along the lakeshore. 7 miles (11km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.

Walk changed from that originally advertised due to flood damage to footpaths in the Keswick area

Medium Walk: We cross Newlands Beck to climb the neighbouring fells of Outerside and Barrow in the Coledale Valley, before returning to Derwent Bank via Braithwaite and Ullock. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,200 feet (660m) of ascent.  

Harder Walk: After crossing Newlands Beck, we ascend the steep ridges of Rowling End and Causey Pike, descending via Outerside and Stile End to Braithwaite and Portinscale. Some steep, rocky sections. 10 miles (16km) with 2,800 feet (840m) of ascent.


Group D: Buttermere

Easier Walk: From Lanthwaite Green we walk through woodland to the tranquil west shore of Crummock Water, which we follow all the way to Buttermere village. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: After walking the northern shore of Buttermere we ascend Haystacks, a hill of multiple crags and tarns and the scattering place of Alfred Wainwright’s ashes. Our return to Buttermere is via Innominate Tarn, Blackbeck Tarn and Warnscale Bottom. Rough, steep and rocky in sections. 7 miles (11km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Today we climb Red Pike from Buttermere. Beyond Red Pike the route takes us via High Stile and High Crag before dropping steeply to Scarth Gap; we return to Buttermere via Haystacks and Warnscale Bottom. Some short sections of easy scrambling. 9 miles (14.5km) with 3,200 feet (960m) of ascent. 


Group E: Around Patterdale

Easier Walk: From Glenridding we take the Ullswater Steamer to the small settlement of Howtown half way along the eastern side of the lake. From here we take the attractive and varied lakeside path back to Side Farm, Patterdale and Glenridding. On occasions when the Ullswater steamer isn’t running, we take a walk through Grisedale, up to Lanty’s Tarn for fantastic views over Ullswater, and finish in Glenridding. 7 miles (11km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: The picturesque waterfalls at Aira Force are a highlight today as we walk to Glencoyne Head and ascend Sheffield Pike. We then head down Glencoyne Valley, past the old miners’ cottages, to Glenridding. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,900 feet (570m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: A fine mountain walk along the long ridge of Hartsop-above-How to the rough top of Hart Crag and the summit of Fairfield. Then Cofa Pike leads us into Deepdale Hause and up St Sunday Crag before descending into Glenridding. Some short sections of easy scrambling, requiring a head for heights. 8 miles (13km) with 3,300 feet (990m) of ascent. 


Group F: Derwent water Latrigg and Skiddaw

Easier Walk: We follow the eastern shore of Derwent Water to the picture-postcard Ashness Bridge, descending to the western shore to take the launch from Brandelhow back to Derwent Bank. 7 miles (11km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Threlkeld we ascend the lonely valley of Glenderaterra Beck before turning south to the stunning viewpoint top of Latrigg. Passing Crossthwaite church – with the graves of Robert Southey and Canon Rawnsley – we reach Derwent Bank via Portinscale. 10 miles (16km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Starting on the east side of Bassenthwaite Lake we head up Ullock Pike and Carl Side, then via a slight path on scree and some rock to the summit of Skiddaw, overlooking Keswick. Dropping to Skiddaw House we take the Cumbria Way through the Glenderaterra Valley to Crossthwaite church then on to Derwent Bank. 12 miles (19km) with 2,900 feet (870m) of ascent. 


Group G: Ullswater and Helvellyn

Easier Walk: We visit Gowbarrow Fell summit with extensive views all round by starting steeply up from Dockray, then descending gradually with bird’s-eye views over Ullswater. We reach the large waterfall of Aira Force before taking the new Ullswater Steamer service to Glenridding. 5 miles (8 km) with 1000feet (300m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: With amazing views from the top, our route first takes us from Patterdale up Place Fell; then down past becks and waterfalls in the valley of Scalehow to the picturesque undulating lakeside path along Ullswater to Glenridding. 8 miles (13km) with 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Helvellyn via the glacial arête of Striding Edge is today’s iconic mountain walk, and Swirral Edge soon follows, taking us to the pyramid shaped Catstycam and the beautiful and moody Red Tarn. Our gradual descent through the Glenridding valley ends the perfect day. Some scrambling and one short but very steep descent requiring a head for heights. 8 miles (13km) with 2,900 feet (870m) of ascent. 


Group H: Around Keswick and Derwent Water

Easier Walk: From the House we walk around the edge of Keswick up towards mighty Skiddaw, before looping round the lovely Latrigg Fell and back along a disused road through Brundholme Wood and eventually back to Derwent Bank. 7 miles (11 km) with 1200 feet (360m) of ascent.

Walk changed from that originally advertised due to flood damage to footpaths in the Keswick area

Medium Walk: Heading over the popular fell Cat Bells, we drop down to the lake shore from Hause Gate and follow it back to Derwent Bank. 8 miles (13km) with with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We head over Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy before descending past Rigghead Quarries to pick up the course of the Allerdale Ramble to the lakeshore, which we follow back to Derwent Bank. 12 miles (19km) with 2,900 feet (870m) of ascent. Both the Medium and the Harder Walks have some short steep rocky sections. 


Group I: High Borrowdale

Easier Walk: A lovely walk from Grange along the River Derwent to Stonethwaite village and the glacial valley of Langstrath, past the Galleny Force waterfalls to Rosthwaite. 6 miles (9.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Seathwaite Bridge we ascend Grains Gill to Sprinkling and Styhead Tarns, set in the iconic mountain scenery of central Lakeland. The descent is via Taylorgill Force to Seathwaite and down the valley to Rosthwaite. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,200 feet (660m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Today’s mountain walk is Great Gable with its poignant memorial to the war dead. Starting from Seathwaite, we walk steeply beside Taylor Gill Force to Styhead then on continuously demanding terrain across scree slopes and boulders to pass below the famous Napes Needle and Sphinx Rock on the way to the summit. The descent is via Windy Gap and Green Gable to Honister Pass. Needs a head for heights. 6 miles (9.5km) with 3,300 feet (990m) of ascent. 


Group J: Buttermere

Easier Walk: Beautiful Crummock Water marks the start of a walk which takes us around the slopes of Rannerdale Knotts to Buttermere village and an attractive circuit of the lake. 6 miles (9.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Starting from Buttermere, we follow a valley route to Sail Pass, cross the summit of Barrow and then take a gradual downhill path to Braithwaite and back home. 8 miles (13km) with 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Cinderdale Common we make a 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 and Portinscale to Derwent Bank. 9 miles (14.5km) with 3,400 feet (1,020m) of ascent. 


2016 Walking Programmes

7 night holidays: 5 days of walking and a free day on the Monday (unless otherwise stated)

Walks A-E: Fri 19 Feb; Fri 18 March; Fri 29  April; Fri 27 May; Fri 10, 24 June; Fri 8, 22 July;  Fri 19 Aug; Fri 2, 16, 30 Sept; Fri 7, 28 Oct; Fri  18 Nov 

Walks F-J: Fri 22 April; Fri 20 May; Fri 3, 17  June; Fri 15 July; Fri 12, 26 Aug; Fri 9, 23 Sept;  Fri 14 Oct 

Walks F, B, H, I, J: Fri 26 Feb; Fri 25 March; Fri  11 Nov  

4 night holidays: 3 days of walking

Walks C, D, E: Mon 22 Feb; Mon 14, 21  March; Mon 18 April; Mon 2, 16, 30 May;  Mon 13, 27 June; Mon 11, 25 July; Mon 22  Aug; Mon 5 Sept; Mon 3, 10, 31 Oct; Mon 21 Nov 

Walks H ,I, J: Mon 29 Feb; Mon 25 April; Mon 23 May; Mon 6, 20 June;  Mon 18 July; Mon 15, 29 Aug; Mon 12, 26  Sept; Mon 17 Oct; Mon 14 Nov  

Walks A,B,C: Fri 18 March

Walks F,B,H: Fri 25 March

3 night holidays: 2 days of walking 

Walks A, B: Fri 19 Feb; Fri 29  April; Fri 27 May; Fri 10, 24 June; Fri 8, 22 July;  Fri 19 Aug; Fri 2, 30 Sept; Fri 7, 28 Oct; Fri 18  Nov 

Walks D,E: Tues 22 March

Walks F, G: Fri 22 April, Fri 20 May; Fri 3, 17  June; Fri 15 July; Fri 12, 26 Aug; Fri 9, 23 Sept,  Fri 14 Oct 

Walks F, B: Fri 26 Feb; Fri 11  Nov 

Walks F, H: Fri 4 Nov 

Walks F, C: Fri 25 Nov  

Walks I, J: Tues 29 March


2017 Itinerary

Group A: St John’s in the Vale and Blencathra

Easier Walk: In the shadow of Castle Rock we walk along the Vale of St John below High Rigg. We reach the highlight of Castlerigg Stone Circle (c3,000BC) before we return to Keswick and the launch back. 7 miles (11km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From the north end of Thirlmere we enjoy the wonderful low-lying fell of High Rigg before joining the same route as the Easier Walk. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 1,450 feet (440m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Threlkeld, the steep and airy arête of Hall’s Fell to the top of Blencathra is described by Wainwright as the finest way to any mountain top and is our challenge today. The route down is on grassy Blease Fell to the Blencathra Field Centre and over Latrigg to Portinscale. Some sections of scrambling, requiring a head for heights. 10½ miles (17 km) with 3,500 feet (1,060m) of ascent.


Group B: Scafell Pike and Derwent Water

Easier Walk: Deep in the Borrowdale Valley, we begin our walk from the pretty village of Rosthwaite over to Watendlath. Following Watendlath Beck we take a diversion to view Lodore Falls before strolling back along the shores of Derwent Water. 8 miles (13 km) with 1,550 feet (460m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Initially we take the same paths as the easier walk but instead of dropping down to the shores of Derwent Water we continue to the beautiful setting of Ashness Bridge, from where we ascend Walla Crag before walking back via Keswick. 9 miles (14.5 km) with 2000 feet (620m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The ascent of England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike, is our objective today and we walk via Grains Gill and Esk Hause over rock large boulders and scree. We descend via the Corridor Route. Rough steep paths, requiring a head for heights, make this a challenging walk. 9 miles (14 km) with 3,150 ft (960 m) of ascent.


Group C: West of Derwentwater

Easier Walk: A circular walk with lovely views, contouring along the side of Cat Bells ridge by an old mine route before dropping down to the shore of Derwent Water to meander along the lakeshore. 7 miles (11km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent. 

Medium Walk: We cross Newlands Beck to climb the neighbouring fells of Outerside and Barrow in the Coledale Valley, before returning to Derwent Bank via Braithwaite and Ullock. 9½ miles (15.5 km) with 2,250 feet (700m) of ascent.  

Harder Walk: After crossing Newlands Beck, we ascend the steep ridges of Rowling End and Causey Pike, descending via Outerside and Stile End to Braithwaite and Portinscale. Some steep, rocky sections. 9½ miles (15.5km) with 2,750 feet (840m) of ascent.


Group D: Buttermere

Easier Walk: From Lanthwaite Green we walk through woodland to the tranquil west shore of Crummock Water, which we follow all the way to Buttermere village. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (200m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: After walking the northern shore of Buttermere we ascend Haystacks, a hill of multiple crags and tarns and the scattering place of Alfred Wainwright’s ashes. Our return to Buttermere is via Innominate Tarn, Blackbeck Tarn and Warnscale Bottom. Rough, steep and rocky in sections with some short sections of easy scrambling. 7½ miles (12km) with 2,000 feet (620m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Today we climb Red Pike from Buttermere. Beyond Red Pike the route takes us via High Stile and High Crag before dropping steeply to Scarth Gap; we return to Buttermere via Haystacks and Warnscale Bottom. Some short sections of easy scrambling. 9½ miles (15.5km) with 3,350 feet (1,020m) of ascent.


Group E: Around Patterdale

Easier Walk: From Glenridding we take the Ullswater Steamer to the small settlement of Howtown half way along the eastern side of the lake. From here we take the attractive and varied lakeside path back to Side Farm, Patterdale and Glenridding. On occasions when the Ullswater steamer isn’t running, we take a walk through Grisedale, up to Lanty’s Tarn for fantastic views over Ullswater, and finish in Glenridding. 7 miles (11km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: The picturesque waterfalls at Aira Force are a highlight today as we walk to Glencoyne Head where we use the path traversing its steep east-facing corrie before ascending Sheffield Pike. We then head down Glencoyne Valley, past the old miners’ cottages, to Glenridding. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent.  

Harder Walk: A fine mountain walk along the long ridge of Hartsop-above-How to the rough top of Hart Crag and the summit of Fairfield. Then Cofa Pike leads us into Deepdale Hause and up St Sunday Crag before descending into Glenridding. Some short sections of easy scrambling, requiring a head for heights. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 3,250 feet (1,000m) of ascent.


Group F: Derwent Water, Latrigg and Skiddaw

Easier Walk: We follow the eastern shore of Derwent Water to the picture-postcard Ashness Bridge, descending to the western shore to take the launch from Brandelhow back to Derwent Bank. 7 miles (11km) with 1000 feet (300m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Threlkeld we ascend the lonely valley of Glenderaterra Beck before turning south to the stunning viewpoint top of Latrigg. Passing Crossthwaite church – with the graves of Robert Southey and Canon Rawnsley – we reach Derwent Bank via Portinscale. 10½ miles (17km) with 1,950 feet (580m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Starting on the east side of Bassenthwaite Lake we head up Ullock Pike and Carl Side, then via a slight path on scree and some rock to the summit of Skiddaw, overlooking Keswick. Dropping to Skiddaw House we take the Cumbria Way through the Glenderaterra Valley to Crossthwaite church then on to Derwent Bank. 12½ miles (20.5km) with 3,250 feet (980m) of ascent.


Group G: Ullswater and Helvellyn

Easier Walk: We visit Gowbarrow Fell summit with extensive views all round by starting steeply up from Dockray, then descending gradually with bird’s-eye views over Ullswater. We reach the large waterfall of Aira Force before taking the new Ullswater Steamer service to Glenridding. 4½ miles (7.5km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: With amazing views from the top, our route first takes us from Patterdale up Place Fell; then down past becks and waterfalls in the valley of Scalehow to the picturesque undulating lakeside path along Ullswater to Glenridding. 8 miles (13km) with 2,250 feet (700m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Helvellyn via the glacial arête of Striding Edge is today’s iconic mountain walk, and Swirral Edge soon follows, taking us to the pyramid shaped Catstycam and the beautiful and moody Red Tarn. Our gradual descent through the Glenridding valley ends the perfect day. Some scrambling and one short but very steep descent requiring a head for heights. 8½ miles (13.5 km) with 3,050 feet (920m) of ascent.


Group H: Around Keswick and Derwentwater

Easier Walk: From the House we walk around the edge of Keswick up towards mighty Skiddaw, before looping round the lovely Latrigg Fell and back along a disused road through Brundholme Wood and eventually back to Derwent Bank. 7 miles (11.5km) with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Heading over the popular fell Cat Bells, we drop down to the lake shore from Hause Gate and follow it back to Derwent Bank.  8 miles (13km) with with 1,800 feet (560m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We head over Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy before descending past Rigghead Quarries to pick up the course of the Allerdale Ramble to the lakeshore, which we follow back to Derwent Bank. 12 miles (19km) with 2,900 feet (880m) of ascent.

Both the Medium and the Harder Walks have some short steep rocky sections.


Group I: High Borrowdale

Easier Walk: A lovely walk from Grange along the River Derwent to Stonethwaite village and the glacial valley of Langstrath, past the Galleny Force waterfalls to Rosthwaite. 6½ miles (10 km) with 750 feet (240m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Seathwaite Bridge we ascend Grains Gill to Sprinkling and Styhead Tarns, set in the iconic mountain scenery of central Lakeland. The descent is via Taylorgill Force to Seathwaite and down the valley to Rosthwaite. 9 miles (14km) with 2,150 feet (660m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Today’s mountain walk is Great Gable with its poignant memorial to the war dead. Starting from Seathwaite, we walk steeply beside Taylor Gill Force to Styhead then on continuously demanding terrain across scree slopes and boulders to pass below the famous Napes Needle and Sphinx Rock on the way to the summit. The descent is via Windy Gap and Green Gable to Honister Pass.  Needs a head for heights. 6 miles (10km) with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent.


Group J: Buttermere

Easier Walk: Beautiful Crummock Water marks the start of a walk which takes us around the slopes of Rannerdale Knotts to Buttermere village and an attractive circuit of the lake. 6½ miles (10km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Starting from Buttermere, we follow a valley route to Sail Pass, cross the summit of Barrow and then take a gradual downhill path to Braithwaite and back home. 8 miles (13km) with 2,250 feet (680m) of ascent.  

Harder Walk: From Cinderdale Common we make a 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 and Portinscale to Derwent Bank. 9 miles (14.5km) with 3,400 feet (1,040m) of ascent.


2017 Walking Programmes

7 night holidays: 5 days of walking and a free day on the Monday (unless otherwise stated)

Walks A-E: Fri 14 (Easter), 28 Apr, 12 May, 2, 16, 30 Jun, 7, 21 Jul, 1, 15, 29 Sep

Walks F-J: Fri 5, 26 May, 9, 23 Jun, 14 Jul, 18 Aug (Outdoor Escapes), 8, 22 Sep, 6, 27 Oct, 10, 17 Nov

Walks F,B,H,I,J: Fri 17, 24 Feb

4 night holidays: 3 days walking

Walks C,D,E: Mon 17 Apr (Easter), 1, 15 May, 5, 19 Jun, 3 Jul, 4, 18 Sep, 2 Oct

Walks H,I,J: Mon 20, 27 Feb, 13 Mar, 8, 29 May, 12, 26 Jun, 17 Jul, 21 Aug (Outdoor Escapes), 11, 25 Sep, 9, 23, 30 Oct, 13, 20 Nov

3 night holidays: 2 days walking

Walks A,B: Fri 31 Mar, 14 (Easter), 28 Apr, 12 May, 2, 16, 30 Jun, 1, 15, 29 Sep

Walks F,G: Fri 21 Apr, 5, 19, 26 May, 9, 23 Jun, 14 Jul, 18 Aug (Outdoor Escapes), 8, 22 Sep, 6, 27 Oct, 3, 10, 17 Nov

Walks F,B: Fri 17, 24 Feb


Holiday information

Terrain and transport: Easier Walks are on valley, fell and lakeside paths. Medium Walks on good, but sometimes rocky paths, to lower summits and moorland fells. Harder Walks take us to mountain summits on steep and rough paths, and some walks need a head for heights. You might occasionally feel the need to use your hands.

On some days the walks start or finish at Derwentbank; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.

Our guests: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas, and of people travelling alone, with a partner or with friends.

Free day: Each seven and six night holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore the Lake District independently.

In the evenings: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities. Every Tuesday (April to October) we organise a trip to Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake (payable locally).

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Group of walkers on Guided Walking holidayOur 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 18 and Mon 21 August 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab

See our full list of Outdoor Escapes


Guided Walking for Solos

Two guests walking along a pathWe welcome many solo guests on our holidays; however you may prefer our dedicated holidays for solos only. As well as likeminded company, there's no extra charges for our premium single, and standard twin and double rooms.

See Guided Walking for Solos 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 £10 return, however a place must be reserved 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 approxiately 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. 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.

 

Reviews

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30 Nov 2016, 7:33 p.m.

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staff, leaders,walks, food & accommodation all very good.
28 Nov 2016, 5:26 p.m.

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The organisation and advice from HF Holiday's was very helpful and appreciated.

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t was a very pleasant relaxed four days, spent with people who appreciate our countryside environment.
28 Nov 2016, 4:43 p.m.

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leaders first class

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final night dinner ,top ratings well done the team at derwentwater
28 Nov 2016, 12:14 p.m.

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Very good and friendly service.

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Lovely walking. Derwent Bank food excellent evening meals. Room 30 I was in was a bit cool even with the radiators on though.
28 Nov 2016, 11:50 a.m.

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Overall I am pleased with HF Holidays (this was my ninth over a span of 20 years- I've done seven in the UK, one in Italy and one in Switzerland. I usually only book when there's a special offer though as the normal price I usually find on the expensive side

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Good apart from one or two minor negatives
28 Nov 2016, 11:48 a.m.

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Reliably great holiday

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Third time here. Great walks, great house, fantastic food, especially the Thursday banquet.
28 Nov 2016, 10:17 a.m.

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Good service throughout the trip

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Well guided and kept safe in quite inclement weather.
28 Nov 2016, 9:18 a.m.

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Glad that you've decided to put tv sets in the rooms. It provides an alternative for those of us who don't enjoy group activities.

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The only negative thing I have to say is that dinner is too late at 7.30. In common with many older people I prefer to eat earlier to allow some time to digest the meal before going to bed.
27 Nov 2016, 9:44 a.m.

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All staff polite and helpful.

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I went on two most enjoyable walks and met lots of great people.

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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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