Family Multi-Activity Adventure at Derwentwater

Lake District


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Activity types:

  • Families
  • High Mountains
  • Newly Refurbished
From £285.00 - 7 nights


Prices are per person

Holiday overview

Go Climbing. Go Paddling. Go Caving. Go Challenge Yourself!  Our Family Multi-Activity holidays offer something for all children over 8 years old.

Holiday highlights:

  • Climbing
  • Caving
  • Canoeing
  • Ghyll Scrambling

Great reasons to join us

  • Family friendly: significant discounts apply to all under 18's and grandparents travelling with you get a 10% discount  
  • Choice: enjoy a great variety of activites during the week. Adults usually choose to book our Guided Walking holidays running at the same time
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays – family-friendly evening activities cater for all
  • Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
  • Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without activities to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions

See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.


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

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
• 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


• 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


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.


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


We intend to include the activities detailed below. However, the programme will remain flexible in order to manage the weather conditions, group dynamics and individual abilities of the children.

Arrival day: Your room will be available from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for tea between 4pm and 5pm to meet your leader and fellow guests. Before dinner there will be a holiday briefing. It is essential to attend this meeting as details of the week’s activities will be discussed, together with clothing and equipment requirements

Activity days:

  • Touching rock day - a full day of climbing and abseiling
  • Canoe journey - a full day on Derwentwater with a possible river trip depending on group ability
  • Underground adventure - a full day of caving
  • Adrenaline day - one session on the Via Ferrata and a kayaking activity on the lake or river depending on group ability
  • Challenge day - a run from the centre with a selection of challenges culminating in a descent of Stoneycroft Ghyll

On our 7-night holidays we include a free day to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently

Departure day: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Safety first

Where appropriate, our holidays in the UK are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. This means we check that every one of our activity partners is fully qualified so that you don’t have to. We ensure that their procedures and equipment are correct and that they all have the necessary qualifications.

They are selected with care, not just with safety in mind but also for the ability to generate the right atmosphere. Instructors are usually young but with the maturity and life skills to manage and motivate; and if the weather does cut up rough, some of their centres have on-site activities so there is always something to do. Non English speakers should be accompanied by someone able to translate.

See for details about the AALA.

What to bring

Day rucksack

Walking boots

Waterproof jacket
1 pair of old trainers (for wet activities) and 1 pair for dry activities
Pair of slippers / indoor shoes
2 sweaters
3 T-shirts
4 changes of underwear
2 pairs of thick woollen socks
4 pairs of ordinary socks
2 pairs of trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not suitable)
2 towels
Woollen hat
Woollen gloves
Large black bin liner (to take home any wet clothing)
Tin of elastoplasts, tissues, toiletries
Drinks bottle or small flask
Sun hat
Hair ties to tie back long hair
Sun cream
Additional everyday wear may be included for use in the evenings.

Anyone who uses prescribed medicines (eg asthma inhalers) should ensure that they have this medication with them.

Specialist equipment for each activity eg wetsuits, lifejackets, climbing helmets, caving equipment and lamps etc will be issued as needed.

Local area

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.


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 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.


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15 Aug 2016, 10:19 a.m.

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There was a booking mistake made by the responsibles of HF. As a consequence we had to stay some nights in a room that didn`t have the Standard we paid for.

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The staff and the leaders were doing a great Job. Only the Person who had made the activities at the house should have made more efforsts to integrate every child in the Group.
8 Aug 2016, 8:04 p.m.

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Generally good but we had problems with our telephone booking. It required several attempts to get it correct. All the final arrangements were most satisfactory.

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Accommodation and food exceeded expectations. Leaders friendly and competent. Our 2 grandsons thoroughly enjoyed their multi-activity days and wish to repeat the experience.
8 Aug 2016, 8:20 a.m.

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Very well organised. Information was good. Good accomodation, good food, walks were very nice.

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Superb location

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
5 Aug 2017 DBFMA - Multi Activity Adventures - Derwentwater 7 £286.00 £285.00 Book by 31 December & under 18's go for £285 was £709 - call Reservations to book Book Now

Prices are per person


  • All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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