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!
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
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Sole occupancy available on request for an extra £20 per night
• 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
• 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
|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.
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.
- 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.
Cat Bells & Newlands Valley - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 10 Nov 2018, 15 Nov 2018
Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, with a pub lunch.
Option 1: Catbells Terrace
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: From the Newlands Valley, this walk leads us along the lakeshore before looping back for the classic views of Derwentwater along Catbells terrace. After the pub at Swinside we follow The Cumbria Way back to the House
Don’t miss: Unspoilt views across Derwentwater to the eastern shores, with Walla Crag, Blencathra and Skiddaw all visible (on a clear day).
Option 2: Catbells
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
The walk in a nutshell: Visiting the summit of Catbells, one of the most popular short climbs in the Lake District, this walk returns via the Newlands Valley with views of Little Town made famous by Beatrix Potter as the home of Mrs Tiggy Winkle.
Don’t miss: Newlands Church, situated in Little Town dates back to the 16th Century. This chapel was visited by William Wordsworth in May 1826, inspiring him to write a stanza in his poem “To May”, the full poem being on display in the chapel.
Whinlatter and Braithwaite - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 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: Whinlatter
Distance: 4½ miles (7km)
Total ascent: 1,200 feet (350m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk beside Comb Beck up to the interesting Whinlatter Visitor Centre, great views of Skiddaw on the way back to Braithwaite.
Option 2: Outerside & Barrow
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 2,000 feet (580m)
The walk in a nutshell: From Stoneycroft ascend the old cobalt mine road to High Moss, then over Outerside and Barrow (Wainwrights) to Braithwaite and back to the House
Borrowdale - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 13 Nov 2018
Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, with a pub lunch
Option 1: Dalton's Cave
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 on the side of Castle Crag - home to the adventurer Millican Dalton for 50 years!
Option 2: Castle Crag
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 2,350 feet (710m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting from Stonethwaite, we visit Dock Tarn before stopping for lunch. In the afternoon we climb Castle Crag before continuing down the Borrowdale valley to the beautiful village of Grange.
Don’t miss: The opportunity to do a spot of bird watching. Peregrine falcons, barn owls, pied flycatchers, greater spotted woodpeckers and Dippers are all inhabitants of the Borrowdale Valley
Loweswater - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 14 Nov 2018
Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season - with an afternoon tea
Option 1: Loweswater Terrace
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 1,250 feet (350m)
The walk in a nutshell: A classic circuit offering unrivalled views of Grasmoor and satisfying lake shore walking beside Loweswater, one of the Lake District's lesser visited lakes.
Don’t miss: A chance to sample the local Loweswater Gold Ale, judged champion Golden Ale of Britain in 2011.
Option 2: Low Fell and Darling Fell
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,340 feet (630)
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"
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:
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
Theatre 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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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|9 Nov 2018||DBSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater||3||£325.00||£280.00||Book Now|
|9 Nov 2018||DBSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater||7||£699.00||£599.00||Book Now|
|12 Nov 2018||DBSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Derwentwater||4||£425.00||£355.00||Book Now|
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