Wainwright bagging, perfect when you want to release your inner explorer! Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides have provided the inspiration for many a fell walker, with over two million copies of the books selling since their publication. There are 214 fells described within his books and this holiday takes in all of the fells he enthuses about in his North-Western Fells pictorial guide, in one fabulous, challenging holiday. Wainwright included 28 fells in his North West collection and they are all easily accessible from our country house on the edge of Derwent Water. 7 sit just west of Bassenthwaite Lake and the rest west and south west of Derwent Water. Good, high fell walks with some classics which will move any Wainwright bagger significantly towards the magic total of 214 and, for the rest of us, simply a brilliant set of mountain walks!
- Follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright exploring some of his favourite fells
- Bag all of the summits in his North Western Fells Pictorial Guide
- Enjoy challenging walking with wonderful views and a great sense of achievement
- Admire panoramic mountain, lake and river views from fells and peaks
- Let an experienced walking leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
- Enjoy magnificent Lake District scenery
- Stay in a beautiful country house where you can relax and share stories of your day in the evenings
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)
Total Ascent: 3,250 feet (1,000m)
Our week starts with the cluster of lower-lying fells above Bassenthwaite Lake. Our meandering route takes in Sale Fell, Ling Fell, Graystones, Broom Fell, Lords Seat, Barf and Whinlatter. Enjoy views over Skiddaw, and the higher peaks visited later in the holiday.
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Total Ascent: 3,650 feet (1,120m)
Head to the fells above Crummock Water to tick off a further 4 summits. We start with the steep ascent to Whiteside and the great ridge walk to Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike. We finish on Grasmoor; at 852 metres this is the highest peak on the holiday.
An opportunity to explore locally, or perhaps enjoy a self-guided walk - check-out our Discovery Point.
Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km)
Total Ascent: 3,750 feet (1,140m)
Journey through the Derwent Fells from Buttermere to Braithwaite. We start with picturesque Rannerdale Knotts above Buttermere, then climb onto higher ground to take in the shapely peaks of Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Ill Crag, Sail, Causey Pike, Outer Side and Barrow.
Distance: 13 miles (21km)
Total Ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m)
Today we walk over the skyline of the Newlands Valley. We extend the classic Newlands Round walk to take in the peaks of Ard Crags and Knott Rigg. We'll then continue along the fabulous ridge that connects Hindscath, Robinson and Dale Head.
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total Ascent: 2,500 feet (760m)
Our grand finale is the glorious mountain ridge above Borrowdale and Derwent Water. We'll start with Castle Crag, the lowest of all the 214 Wainwright summits. We then head onto the higher fells with great high-level walking over High Spy and Maiden Moor, culminating on the ever-popular summit of Cat Bells.
Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home.
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.
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.
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.
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What to Bring
To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
- Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
- Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
- Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
- Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
- Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
- Rucksack with a waterproof liner
- Thermos flask for hot drink
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
- Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
- Small torch
- First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
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.
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