Northern Lake District Spring & Winter Walking Holiday

Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £299.00 - 3 to 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Lake District - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.

Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.

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Derwentback Accommodation

Set right on the shores of Derwent Water our Country House treats you to scenic walking straight from its door. Admire stunning panoramas across the mirror-smooth lake set against the backdrop of razor-edged ridges and humpbacked fells.



'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At your house

  • Welcoming bar with local beer
  • Conservatory with superb views
  • Extensive gardens
  • Lake jetty
  • Formal Garden
  • Putting green
  • Croquet lawn
  • Boot Room
  • Drying room
  • Free WiFi in some public rooms
  • Large, comfortable lounge
  • Attractive dining room
  • Board games and books
  • Mini-golf


An example of Derwentwater evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.


Due to the layout and age of Derwent Bank, bedrooms within the main house are not accessible for wheelchair users, with all accommodation being reached by stairs.

More details on Derwent Bank accessibilty

Additional information

  • The fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance during an evacuation should identify themselves on arrival
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good in the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying a visually or hearing impaired guest are welcome. Dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication is provided


Discover the Lake District on Foot

Explore the beautiful Lake District on our guided walks. We offer a great range of walks to suit everyone - from gentle lakeside walks, to mountaibn walks. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer a choice of walks each day, adjusted for the season
  • We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Derwent Bank

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

New walks for 2019 - Borrowdale

Available on: 12 Nov 2019, 19 Nov 2019

Option 1: Dalton's Cave

Green valley of Borrowdale

Distance: 6.5 miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walking from Grange, this is an interesting circular walk that takes in some of the best scenery that Borrowdale has to offer. 

Don’t miss: Dalton's Cave - home to Millican Dalton for 50 years!

Option 2: Watendlath & Borrowdale

Castle Crag Cairn

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,880 feet (570m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting in Lodore, we follow footpaths around Grange Fell to reach the head of Borrowdale before continuing on to the pretty hamlet of Grange.

Don’t miss: The 'Jaws of Borrowdale' - the narrow gorge between Grange Fell and Castle Crag.

Option 3: Glaramara

View over Borrowdale

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 2300 feet (700m)

The walk in a nutshell: An opportunity to tackle one of the Lake Districts finest fells. A steep craggy ascent gets us to the summit of this giant.

Don’t miss: The magnificent panoramic views from the top.

New walks for 2019 - Cat Bells & Derwentwater

Available on: 13 Nov 2019, 20 Nov 2019

Option 1: Cat Bells Terrace

Canoeists on Derwentwater

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 920 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the elevated path along Cat Bells terrace, then return along the beautiful lakeshore path.

Don’t miss: This stunning route is right on our doorstep. Throughout the walk you'll enjoy stunning views over Derwentwater and the surrounding Lakeland fells.

Option 2: Cat Bells & High Spy

View from the top of Cat Bells

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

The walk in a nutshell: Start high in the mountains at the Honister Pass for a great walk over High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.

Don’t miss: The shapely summit of Cat Bells is one of the most popular fells in the Lake District. There are a few rocky sections, but your efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the lake and the surrounding fells.

Option 3: Newlands Round

View from Dale Head

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 3,350 feet (1020m)

The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic high-level traverse of the Newlands Valley skyline. We start at the top of the Newlands Pass and take in the five 'Wainwright' summits of Robinson, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.

Don’t miss: With exhilarating high-level walking throughout, this classic route will appeal to all keen hillwalkers.

New walks for 2019 - Above Ullswater

Available on: 14 Nov 2019, 21 Nov 2019

Option 1: Aira Force

Aira Force waterfall

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 1050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Bennethead, above Ullswater, we follow field, fell and forest footpaths to reach the spectacular Aira Force waterfall. On the way, we'll reach the summit of Gowbarrow and to finish, we'll take the steamer from Aira Point jetty to Glenridding.

Don’t miss: See Ullswater from the water, and on foot as you discover this  beautiful Cumbrian lake.

Option 2: Gowbarrow Fell

View over Ullswater from Gowbarrow Terrace

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,620 feet (500m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the Aira Force waterfall to the summit of Gowbarrow Fell which occupies a commanding position overlooking Ullswater. We complete the circuit of the Fell before following the Ullswater Way to our finish point in Glenridding.

Don’t miss: The impressive waterfall of Aira Force is one of a series of cascades in this delightful wooded valley.

Option 3: St Sunday Crag

St Sunday Crag

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2,520 feet (770m)

The walk in a nutshell: A steep ascent is soon rewarded by an exhilarating broad ridge walk. Our route takes us by Grisedale tarn, tucked into the mountains, before following the valley to Glenridding.

Don’t miss: Ticking off one of Alfred Wainwright's favourite fells!

New walks for 2019 - Newlands Valley & Derwent Fells

Available on: 16 Nov 2019

Option 1: Whinlatter & Newlands Valley

Mountains on the Newlands Round

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,330 feet (400m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: Walk beside Comb Beck up to the Whinlatter Forestry Commission Visitor Centre before continuing on delightful woodland paths to Braithwaite.

Don’t miss: Great views of Skiddaw, one of the Lake District's most prominent fells, on the way to Braithwaite.

Option 2: Outerside & Barrow

Grassy slopes of Outserside

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (700m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Newlands Valley to climb the neighbouring fells of Outerside and Barrow in the Coledale Valley.

Don’t miss: The grassy slopes of Outerside and Barrow are two delightful lower fells with great views over Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater.

Option 3: Coledale Round

View from Causey Pike

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 3,500ft (850m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Whinlatter Pass we ascend Grisedale Pike for a fantastic high level route over the peaks of Eel Crag, Crag Hill, Sail and Outerside.

Don’t miss: Celebrate your achievement at the end of the day with a well-deserved drink in the pub at Braithwaite.

New walks for 2019 - Buttermere & Loweswater

Available on: 17 Nov 2019

Option 1: Loweswater Terrace

Tranquil Loweswater

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: Discover tranquil Loweswater, first from the lakeside, then gaze down on this charming scene from the terrace path above.

Don’t miss: Delightful Loweswater is one of the Lake District's lesser-known gems. Our walk ends at the famous Kirkstile Inn; one of the area's best traditional pubs.

Option 2: Low Fell & Darling Fell

View looking over Crummock Water

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,340 feet (630m)

The walk in a nutshell: A gem of a walk in the quieter north western fells. Great views of Grasmoor, Crummock and Loweswater and a terrace walk along Loweswater.  

Don’t miss: The views from the summit of Low Fell, described as Wainwright as "classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness"

Option 3: Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks

Fleetwith Pike from Buttermere

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 2,650 feet (790m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from Buttermere village we'll have a lakeside walk before ascending to the summits of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks. We return via woodland and lakeside to Buttermere village.

Don’t miss: Hackstacks achieved fame as the favourite mountain of legendary hillwalker and author Alfred Wainwright - we think its pretty special too!

Local area

Discover the Lake District

The Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.

The nearest town is Keswick, about two miles away. As a popular tourist destination it has a range of facilities including supermarkets, banks, a post office, pubs and cafés. It is also well known for its huge number of outdoor shops where you can buy an array of clothing and equipment for the outdoors.

During your visit to Derwent Bank you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Derwent Water ferryDerwentwater Launch
Take a leisurely journey around Derwentwater on the ferry - a great way to see the surrounding mountains from a different perspective. The nearest stop at Nichol End is just a few minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank.



Outside of the theater by the lakeTheatre by the Lake
Situated by the lakeshore in Keswick, the theatre offers an excellent repertoire of plays in the main house and smaller studio theatre. The theatre’s popularity means that advance booking is recommended, especially in the high season.



Honister Slate Mine
Go underground on the mine tour at this famous Lake District mine which is situated at the top of Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Here you can travel underground and learn about the history of Lake District slate production. Honister is around 30 minutes' drive from Derwent Bank, and can also be reached directly using the Honister Rambler bus.

Whinlatter Forest & Go Ape!
Relax at the visitors centre and cafe, or follow the excellent new mountain bike trail; one of the best in Britain. The high-ropes Go Ape course is great option for active teenagers. or

Derwent Water Marina
Hire a canoe or sailing boat and enjoy one of England’s most beautiful lakes. Just five minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank.

Dove Cottage, home to William WordsworthGrasmere
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank and is famous with its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. Wordsworth’s birthplace can also be visited in Cockermouth; a pleasant market town to the north-west of Derwent Bank. Both Grasmere and Cockermouth can be reached by local bus from Keswick.

Steamer ferry on Ullswater lakeUllswater
About 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank is Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Enjoy its glorious scenery either on foot or by steamer. If you are visiting the Ullswater area you could also visit the superb waterfall of Aira Force or the country house and gardens at Dalemain. or


Lake District Wildlife Park
Well worth a visit for the whole family. You can watch the antics of the otters, apes and monkeys and marvel at the flying displays of eagles and vultures.

Carlisle, about 45 minutes from Derwent Bank is the historic county town of Cumbria. Here you’ll find a good selection of shops, the cathedral, and castle. Of particular interest is the Tullie House Museum which is recognised for its exciting, varied events and exhibitions programme and is full of exciting interactive displays.


Travel to Derwentwater

Our address is: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is at Penrith on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and route planning by train visit or phone 03457 48 49 50.

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Penrith station and Derwent Bank. The pickup is at 4.50pm from Penrith railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Penrith station by 9.50am. This transfer costs just £18 return, however a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 20 mile journey from Penrith to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £38 per journey (or around £55 if not pre-booked). Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.


By bus:

The X5 bus runs approximately every hour from Penrith station. The nearest bus stop is on the A66, about ¾ mile walk from Derwent Bank. Alight at the Portinscale bus stop and take the road on the left (signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley). Follow this road through Portinscale village - Derwent Bank is on the left-hand side after the Derwentwater Marina.

Alternatively catch the bus to Keswick and then take a short taxi journey to Derwent Bank in Portinscale.

For bus times see

Driving to us

 By car:

From Penrith - leave the M6 motorway at junction 40 and take the A66 towards Keswick. After 17 miles you'll reach a roundabout in Keswick - continue ahead following signs to Cockermouth and Workington. One mile beyond the roundabout, and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off off the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank is approx ¾ mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. There is a large car park available at Derwent Bank.

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Penrith - this is straightforward journey - allow 2 hours to Penrith. See for train times.

From Penrith station you can complete the journey to Derwent Bank using our transfer, by bus, or by taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Penrith. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Penith takes 3 hours. See for train times.


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11 Nov 2019 DBSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £435.00 £375.00 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
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