New for 2020

Northern Lake District 100,000 Step Challenge

Derwent Bank hotel and Derwent Water area. Stills from drone.
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Adventure Walks
from £575pp £545pp

Looking for a serious challenge to push yourself and test your fitness? Try our Lake District Step Challenge where we’ll help you get your counter up to 100,000 in 3 days; we will enjoy the incomparable variety of the Lake District using the very best of the Cumbria Way long distance trail; the mileages are a significant daily challenge at around 15-18 miles when all the ups and downs are accounted for.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on this challenge with an experienced leader to discover the iconic beauty of Britain’s most popular National Park
  • Cross the whole of the Lake District in one go on the Cumbria Way. Not fell walking but expect up to 2,400 feet of ascent in a day as we head over high passes
  • Be inspired to keep it up after your short break, by some of the best walking in England
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live each day’s adventure.

What’s included

Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and evening activities

Great walking: all the motivation you need to keep going. We’ll cover enough ground to appreciate The Lake District’s remarkable variety.

Accommodation: enjoy comfortable en-suite rooms at Derwent Bank, close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other.

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


The northern fells provide quite a contrast to the rest of the Lakes. Quieter, for one thing. We start near Mosedale and rack up somewhere near 30,000 steps passing Great Calva, Skiddaw House and walk through high open country between Skiddaw and Blencathra. With the comfort of your base Derwent Bank beckoning on the far side of Derwent Water, the views from here to Keswick and beyond are stunning.


We’re heading south now for the first of two 15 milers which eventually bring us back to Derwent Bank and the finishing line. After a longish drive out to the foot of Coniston Water we enjoy the Cumbria Way via the iconic Tarn Hows and beautiful Colwith Force waterfall, as we enter spectacular Great Langdale valley and a well-earned drink.


Our last leg returns us to Derwent Bank from Langdale and a fabulous finale. Up and over Stake Pass and the lush oak woodlands of Borrowdale to finally reach the Queen of the Lakes, Derwent Water. Skirting under some of the shapeliest fells in England and still delighting in the twist and turns of the lakeside path, out step counters will click over to the magic 100,000 mark.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Derwent Bank

Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the stylish outhouse where there are eight garden rooms with exceptional views for stylish, laid-back Lake District accommodation. In the main house, we’d pick room 12 for the extra space and stunning views over the gardens and Derwentwater. Alternatively, ask for rooms 46, 47, 48 and 49 in the outhouse, all first-floor garden bedrooms with their own glass balcony looking over the ornate formal garden and with views of the lake. There’s easy access to the boot room and orangery too, making these rooms a must to stay in. If you’re after somewhere a little more unusual to stay overnight, there’s a ‘pod’ in the garden that offers extra privacy, sleeps up to four and gives you a great story to take away!

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, extensive garden, putting green, orangery, lounge and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Lake District, settle in at our country house. Walk the pretty gardens, pause on the pier that juts out in to Derwentwater and look for the boats and ferry that sail on the lake. Try your hand on the putting green or at croquet. Grab a drink and sit on the terrace above the sloping lawns. Indoors, the spectacular orangery with its superb views, is the ideal setting for a bit of peace and quiet, or sink into the sofas in the large, comfortable lounge. Head to the bar for a great local ale and a cracking conversation with fellow guests.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea and cakes served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Derwent Bank is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to traditional Cumbrian fare from local river trout with samphire to a duo of local lamb. Look out for Eden Valley brie and red onion tart or Whinlatter Forest wild mushroom risotto. And to cap it all, Cumbrian sticky toffee pudding with English Lakes thunder and lightning ice cream.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

Derwent Bank hotel and Derwent Water area. Stills from drone.

Getting to Derwent Bank

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
17 Aug - 21 Aug Version 1 (runs 2020) £575 £545 Save £30 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks

4 nights from £575pp £545pp

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