Rambles with a Sketchbook Holiday in the Northern Lake District

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art & Craft Holidays

Create your own artistic impressions as we walk through some of the Lake Districts most inspirational landscapes. We’ll walk up to 4 miles (6.5 km) each day, sketching scenes along our journey. Your sketches may be the finished result or used as a source for further painting or drawing. Be aware that you will be spending a fair amount of time on your feet as you ramble between sketching spots!

Holiday Highlights

  • Gentle rambles of up to 4 miles with plenty of stops for sketching
  • A variety of inspirational landscapes 
  • Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
  • Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of sketching in a group

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • Loan of wooden A3 art boards
  • All transport to and from locations on your holiday

Trip Notes

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Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better and best rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Other days
When we go out into the lovely local countryside, we'll be walking up to 4 miles carrying our equipment as we find the very best landscapes to sketch.

Departure day
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

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

  • Sketchbook – good cartridge paper (e.g.150gm), A4 or 8” square and/or A5 or 6” square (spiral bound or hard back – the smaller ones are fine
  • 2B & 4B pencils and a water soluble graphite pencil
  • Craft blade for sharpening pencils
  • Putty rubber
  • Bulldog clips or large elastic bands for holding paper in windy conditions
  • A sketching pen
  • Blank slide mount or small cardboard mount for view finder (e.g. ½ postcard)
  • A rucksack to carry the materials
  • Good hiking shoes or boots, hiking sticks if you need them
  • A foam seat pad or lightweight stool that you can easily carry
  • Protection against weather & insects – waterproofs, sunblock & sunhat, insect repellent, long trousers & long sleeved shirt (to prevent sunburn).

Optional –

  • a set of Caran D’Ache Neocolour water-soluble pastels, or a set of water-soluble crayons (e.g.Derwent Inktense)
  • a water brush
  • Any other lightweight materials you like to use

Please remember - You will have to carry your equipment and lunch/drink so keep it simple.

*Lightweight wooden A3 painting boards are available for guest loan at the Country House.

Mark Brion

As a photographer and videographer, Mark works full-time specialising in the documentation of stills, video and aerial imagery. Having turned professional in 2013, he has worked on numerous projects with photographic agencies whilst conducting many on-location shoots.

When not working, Mark loves to travel the UK and internationally. Of course, he will always have a camera close to hand, doing what he loves!

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Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art & Craft Holidays

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