4-Night Northern Lake District Self-Guided Walking Holiday

A hiker walking down towards Seathwaite, Grains Gill from Scafell Pike in the English Lake District. UK.
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
from £399pp £369pp

Enjoy a break in the Lake District with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided walking holiday. Our 4-star country house, Derwent Bank, is idyllically situated on the shores of Derwent Water and geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Discover the beauty of the Lake District at your pace, and we'll help you create a holiday full of lasting memories.

Holiday Highlights

  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with walk guides on all the walks in the local area
  • Head out on any of our walks to discover the varied beauty of the Lake District on foot
  • Admire panoramic mountain, lake and river views from fells and peaks
  • Enjoy magnificent Lake District scenery and visit charming Lakeland villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Lakes’ history
  • Choose a relaxed pace of discovery and get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking area
  • Cycle around the lake or in nearby Whinlatter Forest
  • Take in a performance at Keswick’s superb Theatre by the Lake

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The use of our Discovery Point to plan your walks – maps and route notes available

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Our easiest routes allow plenty of time to savour the magnificent mountain landscapes. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Latrigg short walk - 1½ miles
  • Mirehouse & St Bega's Church - 1½ miles
  • Friar's Crag - 2 miles
  • Brandlehow Woods - 2½ miles
  • Through the Jaws of Borrowdale - 4 miles
  • Around Buttermere - 4 miles
  • Around Swinside - 5 miles
  • Ashness Bridge - 5 miles

Some longer walks on valley and lakeside paths, plus a few of the easier lower fells. Experience the true flavour of Lakeland as you follow these varied routes.

  • Walla Crag & Ashness Bridge - 6 miles
  • Borrowdale & Derwent Water - 6 miles
  • Cat Bells Terrace - 7 miles
  • Cat Bells - 7 miles
  • Watendlath & Derwent Water - 8 miles
  • Newlands Valley - 9 miles
  • Latrigg via Keswick - 9 miles
  • Around Derwent Water - 9 miles

For those who love the high mountains. Expect some rough paths as you head to some of these famous summits, but there are plenty of rewards when you reach the top.

  • Haystacks - 5 miles
  • Blencathra - 7 miles
  • High Stile - 9 miles
  • Scafell Pike - 9 miles
  • Cat Bells, Maiden Moor & High Spy - 12 miles
  • Newlands Round - 13 miles

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 ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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. Food at Derwent Bank is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Derwent Bank

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

Getting to Derwent Bank

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2022
23 May - 27 May 2022
4 Self-Guided £525 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
02 Jun - 06 Jun 2022
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06 Jun - 10 Jun 2022
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13 Jun - 17 Jun 2022
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20 Jun - 24 Jun 2022
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27 Jun - 01 Jul 2022
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04 Jul - 08 Jul 2022
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11 Jul - 15 Jul 2022
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18 Jul - 22 Jul 2022
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25 Jul - 29 Jul 2022
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01 Aug - 05 Aug 2022
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08 Aug - 12 Aug 2022
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15 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
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22 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
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29 Aug - 02 Sep 2022
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05 Sep - 09 Sep 2022
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12 Sep - 16 Sep 2022
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19 Sep - 23 Sep 2022
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26 Sep - 30 Sep 2022
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03 Oct - 07 Oct 2022
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10 Oct - 14 Oct 2022
4 Self-Guided £475 Trip Notes Book Now
17 Oct - 21 Oct 2022
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07 Nov - 11 Nov 2022
4 Self-Guided £399 Trip Notes Book Now
14 Nov - 18 Nov 2022
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21 Nov - 25 Nov 2022
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28 Nov - 02 Dec 2022
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05 Dec - 09 Dec 2022
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12 Dec - 16 Dec 2022
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2023
27 Feb - 03 Mar 2023
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06 Mar - 10 Mar 2023
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13 Mar - 17 Mar 2023
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20 Mar - 24 Mar 2023
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03 Apr - 07 Apr 2023
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17 Apr - 21 Apr 2023
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22 May - 26 May 2023
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09 Oct - 13 Oct 2023
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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1, 2, 3 & 4

4 nights from £399pp £369pp

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