7-Night Northern Lake District Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Fell walking in the Lake District
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
from £645pp £495pp

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.

Download Trip Notes

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Derwent Bank - the starting point for your outdoor adventure.

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

Laid Back Walks

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

Leg Stretcher Walks

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

Full on Walks

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

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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Guest Reviews

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.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
13 Mar - 20 Mar
7 Self-Guided £645 £520 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
27 Mar - 03 Apr
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24 Apr - 01 May
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08 May - 15 May
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15 May - 22 May
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22 May - 29 May
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29 May - 05 Jun
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05 Jun - 12 Jun
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12 Jun - 19 Jun
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26 Jun - 03 Jul
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03 Jul - 10 Jul
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17 Jul - 24 Jul
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14 Aug - 21 Aug
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04 Sep - 11 Sep
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11 Sep - 18 Sep
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18 Sep - 25 Sep
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25 Sep - 02 Oct
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02 Oct - 09 Oct
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16 Oct - 23 Oct
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13 Nov - 20 Nov
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20 Nov - 27 Nov
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1, 2, 3 & 4

7 nights from £645pp £495pp

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