Northern Lake District Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Join other Solo travellers for guided walks in the Lake District


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  • High Mountains


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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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Holiday overview

This Guided Walking holiday at Derwent Bank, based near Keswick on the shores of Derwent Water is the ideal way to follow the charming valley, lakeside rambles and challenging mountain ascents of the Lake District National Park.

Price Includes

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities. There's no extra charge for single rooms
  • Choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
  • Enjoy a lakeside location just two miles from Keswick, with fantastic views of the surrounding fells
  • We pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

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Derwentback Accommodation

Set right on the shores of Derwent Water our Country House treats you to scenic walking straight from its door. Admire stunning panoramas across the mirror-smooth lake set against the backdrop of razor-edged ridges and humpbacked fells.



'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At your house

  • Welcoming bar with local beer
  • Conservatory with superb views
  • Extensive gardens
  • Lake jetty
  • Formal Garden
  • Putting green
  • Croquet lawn
  • Boot Room
  • Drying room
  • Free WiFi in some public rooms
  • Large, comfortable lounge
  • Attractive dining room
  • Board games and books
  • Mini-golf


An example of Derwentwater evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.


Due to the layout and age of Derwent Bank, bedrooms within the main house are not accessible for wheelchair users, with all accommodation being reached by stairs.

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


Discover the Northern Lake District on Foot

Explore the very best of the Northern Lake District on our guided walks. We have great walks right on our doorstep, including Cat Bells, and the classic Newlands Round. Travel a little further to enjoy the second largest lake in the Lake District - Ullswater, and its impressive neighbour, the Aira Force waterfall. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of 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

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.

Saturday: Skiddaw & Latrigg 

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.

Sunday: Ullswater & Helvellyn

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


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.

Tuesday: Cat Bells & Derwentwater

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.

Wednesday: Borrowdale & Great Gable

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.

Thursday: Buttermere & the Derwent Fells

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.

Local area

Discover the Lake District

The Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.

The nearest town is Keswick, about two miles away. As a popular tourist destination it has a range of facilities including supermarkets, banks, a post office, pubs and cafés. It is also well known for its huge number of outdoor shops where you can buy an array of clothing and equipment for the outdoors.

During your visit to Derwent Bank you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Derwent Water ferryDerwentwater Launch
Take a leisurely journey around Derwentwater on the ferry - a great way to see the surrounding mountains from a different perspective. The nearest stop at Nichol End is just a few minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank.



Outside of the theater by the lakeTheatre by the Lake
Situated by the lakeshore in Keswick, the theatre offers an excellent repertoire of plays in the main house and smaller studio theatre. The theatre’s popularity means that advance booking is recommended, especially in the high season.



Honister Slate Mine
Go underground on the mine tour at this famous Lake District mine which is situated at the top of Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Here you can travel underground and learn about the history of Lake District slate production. Honister is around 30 minutes' drive from Derwent Bank, and can also be reached directly using the Honister Rambler bus.

Whinlatter Forest & Go Ape!
Relax at the visitors centre and cafe, or follow the excellent new mountain bike trail; one of the best in Britain. The high-ropes Go Ape course is great option for active teenagers. or

Derwent Water Marina
Hire a canoe or sailing boat and enjoy one of England’s most beautiful lakes. Just five minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank.

Dove Cottage, home to William WordsworthGrasmere
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank and is famous with its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. Wordsworth’s birthplace can also be visited in Cockermouth; a pleasant market town to the north-west of Derwent Bank. Both Grasmere and Cockermouth can be reached by local bus from Keswick.

Steamer ferry on Ullswater lakeUllswater
About 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank is Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Enjoy its glorious scenery either on foot or by steamer. If you are visiting the Ullswater area you could also visit the superb waterfall of Aira Force or the country house and gardens at Dalemain. or


Lake District Wildlife Park
Well worth a visit for the whole family. You can watch the antics of the otters, apes and monkeys and marvel at the flying displays of eagles and vultures.

Carlisle, about 45 minutes from Derwent Bank is the historic county town of Cumbria. Here you’ll find a good selection of shops, the cathedral, and castle. Of particular interest is the Tullie House Museum which is recognised for its exciting, varied events and exhibitions programme and is full of exciting interactive displays.


Travel to Derwentwater

Our address is: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is at Penrith on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and route planning by train visit or phone 03457 48 49 50.

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 £18 return, however a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.

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 £38 per journey (or around £55 if not pre-booked). Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.


By bus:

The X5 bus runs approximately every hour from Penrith station. The nearest bus stop is on the A66, about ¾ mile walk from Derwent Bank. Alight at the Portinscale bus stop and take the road on the left (signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley). Follow this road through Portinscale village - Derwent Bank is on the left-hand side after the Derwentwater Marina.

Alternatively catch the bus to Keswick and then take a short taxi journey to Derwent Bank in Portinscale.

For bus times see

Driving to us

 By car:

From Penrith - leave the M6 motorway at junction 40 and take the A66 towards Keswick. After 17 miles you'll reach a roundabout in Keswick - continue ahead following signs to Cockermouth and Workington. One mile beyond the roundabout, and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off off the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank is approx ¾ mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. There is a large car park available at Derwent Bank.

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Penrith - this is straightforward journey - allow 2 hours to Penrith. See for train times.

From Penrith station you can complete the journey to Derwent Bank using our transfer, by bus, or by taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Penrith. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Penith takes 3 hours. See for train times.


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