Spring & Winter Walking at Derwentwater


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It's not just summer that turns magical in the Lake District. Derwent Bank on the shores of Derwentwater is set up beautifully for spring & winter walking, so why not join us on a walking holiday in February, March or November.

This seasonal walking comes with a choice of two walks, specially adapted to highlight the best of the season, and includes a hot lunch or an afternoon tea in a cosy pub or tearoom. Perfect for warming up after your morning walk, before lacing back up and heading out again!

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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.


 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Toiletries
• Sole occupancy available for an extra £15 per night
Premium Rooms
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Monarch 1500 spring bed
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children


• 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


All 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

An example of Derwentwater evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar

Just 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. We do have some chalets in the grounds which are on the ground floor which can be used for wheelchair users, however mobility will be restricted in the room. Once you have gained access to the house all public rooms are accessible for wheelchairs.

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 the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • On these holidays we'll stop for a hot lunch or an afternoon tea in a local pub or tearoom
  • 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.

Walla Crag and Derwent Water - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 18 Feb 2018, 11 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Watendlath & Derwentwater

View of Derwentwater from Cat Bells Terrace

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (460m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: Deep in the Borrowdale Valley, we begin by walking from the pretty village of Rosthwaite over the hill to Watendlath Tarn, before returning via the shores of Derwentwater.

Don’t miss: The justifiably popular lakeside path is a real delight.  Spot the launches, rowing boats and sailing boats as you meander along.

Option 2: Walla Crag

The mountain of Skiddaw, seen from Walla Crag

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (620m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the hill from Rosthwaite to Watendlath Tarn, then explore the elevated paths of the eastern side of Derwentwater as we head to Ashness Bridge and Walla Crag.

Don’t miss: Walla Crag is an inspirational viewpoint that enjoys a breathtaking panorama over the lake and the surrounding fells.

Around Keswick & Derwentwater - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 20 Feb 2018, 6 Mar 2018, 20 Mar 2018, 27 Mar 2018, 13 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Latrigg

View from Latrigg over Keswick and Derwentwater

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through Brundholme Woods then up onto the summit of Lattrigg; one of the Lake District's finest lower hills.

Don’t miss: Latrigg is one of the lowest of the Lakeland fells but it really packs a punch - an outstanding view over Derwentwater.

Option 2: Cat Bells

View from the top of Cat Bells

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of Cat Bells, then descent steeply to the lakeside path for a beautiful walk back to Derwent Bank.

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.

High Borrowdale - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 21 Feb 2018, 7 Mar 2018, 21 Mar 2018, 28 Mar 2018, 14 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Borrowdale

Green valley of Borrowdale

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (250m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the green valley of Borrowdale as we follow the River Derwent from Grange to Rosthwaite. We'll pass through the 'Jaws of Borrowdale' and discover the glacial vallley of Langstrath.

Don’t miss: A delightful valley walk through one of the Lake District's lovliest valleys.

Option 2: Two Mountain Tarns


Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk into the high mountains takes us to Sprinkling and Styhead Tarns, set in the iconic mountain scenery of central Lakeland.

Don’t miss: We'll be walking amidst some of the Lake District's highest peaks, with stunning panoramas of Great Gable and Scafell Pike.

Buttermere & the Derwent Fells - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 22 Feb 2018, 8 Mar 2018, 22 Mar 2018, 29 Mar 2018, 15 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Buttermere

Buttermere lake

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover beautiful Crummock Water at the start of a walk which takes us around the slopes of Rannerdale Knotts to Buttermere village. An attractive circuit of the lake completes the walk.

Don’t miss: A stunning lakeside walk surrounded by towering peaks, then enjoy refreshments at the Fish Inn at Buttermere.

Option 2: Sail Pass and Barrow

View of Causey Pike and the Newlands Valley

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (680)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Derwent Fells from Buttermere to Derwent Bank. Our route takes us through the Sail Pass, then on over the grassy summit of Barrow.

Don’t miss: Barrow is one of the area's most attractive lower fells, with views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the Newland's Valley.

Derwent Water & Latrigg - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 10 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - the easier option includes a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Ashness Bridge

picturesque Ashness Bridge

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the eastern shore of Derwent Water to the picture-postcard Ashness Bridge. We walk around the head of the lake then take the launch from the Lodore Jetty back to Derwent Bank.

Don’t miss: Soak up one of the Lake District's classic views from Ashness Bridge, then see this beautiful landscape from a different perspective as you cruise up the lake at the end of the walk.

Option 2: Glenderaterra & Latrigg

View from Latrigg over Keswick and Derwentwater

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1,950 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the village of Threlkeld into the lonely valley of Glenderaterra Beck. We take in the stunning viewpoint of Latrigg on our return via Keswick.

Don’t miss: Look out for the graves of Robert Southey and Canon Rawnsley as you pass Crossthwaite Church.

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. www.keswick-launch.co.uk



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. www.theatrebythelake.com



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. www.honister.com

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. www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter or www.goape.co.uk

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. www.derwentwatermarina.co.uk

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. www.wordsworth.org.uk

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. www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or www.dalemain.com


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. www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk

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. www.tulliehouse.co.uk


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 general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Pendolino train at speed 

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 £16 return, however a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.


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 £30 per journey (or around £50 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 www.traveline.info

Bus in Keswick

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

 Quantas Boeing 747


Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
26 Mar 2018 DBSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £425.00 £355.00 Save £70 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
9 Nov 2018 DBSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 7 £699.00 £599.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £100 Per Person Book Now
9 Nov 2018 DBSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 3 £325.00 £280.00 Save £45 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
12 Nov 2018 DBSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater 4 £425.00 £355.00 Save £70 off pp - 4 night special Book Now

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