Northern Lake District Through a Lens

Lake District

Code: DBEPT

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Newly Refurbished
From £894.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Capture the rich tapestry of Great Britain on camera. Explore and photograph both the iconic and the quirky that make our land and coast unique. From the cottages and castles, fishing harbours and flower-rich meadows, hills and heathland, dry stone walls and designer gardens, unveil the true essence of your location. Our expert leader will give you the expertise you need to get the best out of your camera and that inspirational vista. During the course of each day we'll walk up to 3 miles (5km).

Holiday Highlights:

  • Visit inspirational vistas of the northern Lake District
  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light and the best images
  • Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage

Great Reasons to Join Us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all transport to photographic sites and tuition
  • Expert leader: all our leaders are experts in their field and will ensure that you get the most out of your holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment

 

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Accommodation

With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, Derwent Bank offers a truly exceptional location. 

Choose your room

Classic bedrooms at Derwent BankPremium Rooms at Derwent BankFamily Room at Derwent Bank4-star Visit Britain Guest AccommodationGreen Tourism logo
Classic Rooms
• 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
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Comfortable slippers TV, DVD and safe Hairdryer
• Available from an extra £5 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 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

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance in an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards issed
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good in te main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying a visually or hearing impaired guest are welcome. Dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at al 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 notive
  • Fridge for medicationis provided

Itinerary

Friday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Saturday: Derwent Bank, Cat Bells and Derwentwater

Our first full day starts with a short discussion on looking at the world with a “photographic eye”. After this we'll take photographs around the Derwent Bank gardens, the marina and jettys. After lunch we'll climb Cat Bells for panoramic views over Derwentwater. You have the choice to walk back to the hotel or take the ferry around Derwentwater (cost £10/person) getting off and on at different locations to take photographs. 

Sunday: Rivers, Waterfalls and standing stones

The day starts with a short tutorial and is followed by a tour that includes Grange in Borrowdale, the secluded hamlet of Watendlath, the iconic Ashness Bridge and the stone circle at Castlerigg (hopefully) under the late afternoon sun. Then back to Derwent Bank for a review session before enjoying dinner together.

Monday: Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area independently or relax at the Country House.

Tuesday: Lakes and Passes

Following our tutorial session, we embark on a round trip, stopping at Crummock Water and Buttermere. The return is via the Honister Pass and Seatoller. We finish our day with time to review our results for the day.

Wednesday: Some Remote Dales

After a short tutorial we set off for Ullswater. There we will visit Pooley Bridge before going on to Martindale and the other quite remote dales on the east of Ullswater. We return to Derwent Bank via Aira Force.

Thursday: A circuit around Skiddaw

Today we drive around Skiddaw, including stops at the top of Mosedale valley, lunch at Heskett Newmarket, Overwater Beach Wythop and The Bishop. This route should be good for autumn colours. The evening is devoted to discussions and reviews of your photographs.

Friday: depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

What to bring

  • Your camera and other essential accessories
  • memory card or memory stick
  • battery and charger
  • Your camera’s instruction manual 
  • waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
  • bag or bags for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
  • Notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
  • A tripod, whilst not essential, will enable a far greater range of photographic techniques to be tried.

Optional items (remember you will have to carry some of these):

  • Spare memory cards
  • Spare camera battery
  • Spare camera (you never know)
  • Small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
  • Filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising
  • Laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday)
  • Memory stick or CD for storing images
  • Tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
  • Camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer

Local area

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:

Derwentwater 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

Theatre 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

Grasmere
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

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

Ullswater
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

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

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

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Penrith. 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:

We offer a reduced price taxi transfer between Penrith railway station and Derwent Bank every Friday and Monday. 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 only costs £10 per person, 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. Taxis cost approx £30 per journey (if pre- booked; taxis at Penrith station can be considerably more expensive). Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. 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.

Driving to us

By car:

From Penrith - take the A66 past Keswick towards Cockermouth. One mile beyond the roundabout to Keswick and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off of the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank (not Derwentwater Hotel) is approx half a mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. Look out for our sign.

From Kendal - take the A591 to Keswick. To avoid the town centre turn right following signs to the A66 and Cockermouth, then follow the directions as above.

Leaders

Neil McCoubrey

Neil is a professional photographer and trainer based in Edinburgh. He has a first class honours degree in Photography and is an “Associate” of the Royal Photographic Society. In addition to commercial and charity clients, Neil teaches photography and photo-editing in Adult Education, for individual clients and at a Secondary school. His personal photographic work is a mix of Landscape and “Found Still Life” with occasional “Environmental Portrait” projects.

Reviews

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Breakfast service was very slow. On one day I had to wait 45 minutes from ordering to receiving my breakfast. On two of the other days it was around 30 minutes.

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2 May 2016, 5:43 a.m.

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Usual enjoyable stay

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Well organised - no complaints
11 Jun 2014, 3:52 p.m.

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All geared up to suit walkers.

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Great House, location and facilities all very good.
4 Jun 2014, 7:18 a.m.

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The hotel, food and featured activity all offered great value for money. Very enjoyable!

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The sites visited offered excellent opportunities for great images.

Dates & Prices

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22 Sep 2017 DBEPT - Northern Lake District Through a Lens - Derwentwater 7 £969.00 £894.00 Special Early Booking offer - £75.00 off pp Book Now

Prices are per person

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