Known as the ‘Queen of the Lakes’, Derwent Water’s gentle beauty is easy to explore on our Guided Walking holidays. Surrounded by the picture-postcard valleys of Buttermere and Borrowdale and lofty mountains, the sheer splendour of these landscapes is guaranteed to inspire you. Explore the very best of the Lake District on our guided walks. We offer the opportunity to climb famous summits including Skiddaw and Helvellyn. Alternatively explore the beautiful valleys and lakeside paths seeking out the best viewpoints. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.
Moment of the weekend
When you visit the Mountain Rescue Base in Keswick. We'll introduce you to one or two of the unsung heroes who provide a 24/7 emergency service for thousands of fell walkers over a wide chunk of the Lake District, so you can get the inside track on one of the busiest teams in the UK - they've notched up more than 3,600 rescues - and gain a real insight into the people and community here.
- High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
- Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
- 2 days guided walking
- Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
- Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
- The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
- Any transport to and from the walks
On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.
Join us at our Derwent Bank country house for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll down to the lakeshore or around Portinscale village to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.
Enjoy a choice of 3 guided walks that head to the summit of Skiddaw, or its foothill of Latrigg. Either way you'll enjoy a commanding view over Derwent Water and the surrounding fells.
Option 1 - Latrigg
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)
In summary: Walk through Brundholme Woods then up onto the summit of Lattrigg; one of the Lake District's finest lower hills.
Highlight: Latrigg is one of the lowest of the Lakeland fells but it really packs a punch - an outstanding view over Derwentwater.
Option 2 - Ullock Pike & Carlside
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Ascent: 2,500 feet (750m)
In Summary: Ascend to the top of Carlside, in the Skiddaw range, via Ullock Pike and Longside Edge then back to Keswick.
Highlight: The great views over Bassenthwaite Lake - the only 'lake' in the Lake District!
Option 3 - Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Distance: 11½ miles (19km)
Ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)
In summary: 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 and follows the Cumbria Way to Keswick.
Highlight: Celebrate your achievement with a pint at the Dog & Gun in Keswick.
Today we head to beautiful Ullswater, where our walks include the Aira Force waterfall, the summit of Place Fell, or the challenging route up Helvellyn via Striding Edge.
Option 1 - Aira Force & Ullswater
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In Summary: Visit the spectacular Aira Force waterfall, then follow the Ullswater Way along the panoramic balcony path beneath Gowbarrow Fell. We finish at Pooley Bridge for a cruise along the length of the lake to Glenridding.
Highlight: See Ullswater from the water, and on foot as you discover this most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes.
Option 2 - Place Fell & Ullswater
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 2,250 feet (700m)
In summary: Make the moderately steep ascent to the top of Place Fell that commands an excellent view at the head of Ullswater. We decend to follow the attractive lakeside path to Glenridding.
Highlight: 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 (13.5km)
Ascent: 3,050 feet (1,000m)
In summary: 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.
Highlight: 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.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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.
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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
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)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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