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7-Night Northern Lake District Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Walking Up Cat Bells in Cumbria, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
from £675pp £605pp

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 PDFs for each holiday.

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


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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Swimming pools are being operated in line with guidance provided by Swim England.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 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. 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 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

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
23 Jul - 30 Jul 2021
7 Self-Guided £829 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
26 Jul - 02 Aug 2021
7 Self-Guided £829 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
13 Aug - 20 Aug 2021
7 Self-Guided £829 £779 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
20 Aug - 27 Aug 2021
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27 Aug - 03 Sep 2021
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03 Sep - 10 Sep 2021
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10 Sep - 17 Sep 2021
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17 Sep - 24 Sep 2021
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24 Sep - 01 Oct 2021
7 Self-Guided £755 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
27 Sep - 04 Oct 2021
7 Self-Guided £755 Available Trip Notes Book Now
01 Oct - 08 Oct 2021
7 Self-Guided £755 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
08 Oct - 15 Oct 2021
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15 Oct - 22 Oct 2021
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22 Oct - 29 Oct 2021
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05 Nov - 12 Nov 2021
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12 Nov - 19 Nov 2021
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19 Nov - 26 Nov 2021
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26 Nov - 03 Dec 2021
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03 Dec - 10 Dec 2021
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2022
11 Feb - 18 Feb 2022
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28 Oct - 04 Nov 2022
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1, 2, 3 & 4

7 nights from £675pp £605pp

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