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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : March to November
Start: Derwent Bank, Northern Lake District, England
End: Derwent Bank, Northern Lake District, England
Northern Lake District Guided Walking Tour: 7 nights based at Derwent Bank, Derwentwater, Northern Lake District

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Known as the ‘Queen of the Lakes’, Derwent Water’s gentle beauty is easy to explore on our Guided Walking holidays. Surrounded by the picture-postcard valleys of Buttermere and Borrowdale and lofty mountains, the sheer splendour of these landscapes is guaranteed to inspire you.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Lake District on foot
  • 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 and visit charming Lakeland villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Lakes’ history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking area

Pick Up Location & TIme

Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Derwent Bank
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • 5 days guided walking + 1 free day
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest train station is Penrith)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect
Northern Lake District Guided Walking Tour Walking Grade: 2, 3, & 5

Enjoy a full day’s walking with fellow guests and leave all the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we do best. Nobody knows the UK’s best places to walk like us. Our knowledgeable leaders make sure you’re never short of the inside story on local features, viewpoints and places of interest.

  • Unpack once
  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Choice of up to 3 walks per walking day with required transport

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. 

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Version 1 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. 

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (D)

Day 2Newlands Valley & Derwent Fells

Option 1 – Newlands Valley
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 700 feet (200m)
In summary: Walk through the tranquil green Newlands Valley, passing the remote church and charming hamlet of Little Town, on our walk back to our country house.
Highlight: Discover the locations featured in Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, and find out more about the vicar’s daughter who became the book’s child heroine.

Option 2 – Outerside & Barrow
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)
In summary: Cross the Newlands Valley to climb the neighbouring fells of Outerside and Barrow in the Coledale Valley.
Highlight: The grassy slopes of Outerside and Barrow are two delightful lower fells with great views over Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water.

Option 3 – Coledale Horseshoe
Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)
Ascent: 3,450 feet (1,050m)
In summary: Tackle the famous Coledale horseshoe. We ascend the steep ridges of Rowling End and Causey Pike then continue our high-level traverse over the peaks of Sail, Eel Crag and Grisedale Pike.
Highlight: Celebrate your achievement at the end of the day with a well-deserved drink in the pub at Braithwaite.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 3Derwentwater & Scafell Pike

Option 1 – Derwentwater to Rosthwaite
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In summary: Follow the stunning western shoreline of Derwent Water to the pretty hamlet of Grange. Visit Dalton’s Cave, tucked away in the peaceful Borrowdale woodland, before following the crystalline water of the River Derwent to Rosthwaite.
Highlight: Mountain, lake and river views at every turn.

Option 2 – Watendlath & Cat Bells Terrace
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
In summary: Cross the hill from Rosthwaite to Watendlath Tarn, then explore the elevated terrace path along the western side of Derwentwater.
Highlight: The walk along Cat Bells Terrace enjoys a breathtaking panorama over the lake and the surrounding fells.

Option 3 – Scafell Pike
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)
In summary: Head to England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike. We’ll ascend via Grains Gill and Esk Hause over large boulders and scree, then descend via the Corridor Route.
Highlight: Expect rough and steep paths; however there’s plenty to celebrate when you cross the final boulders to reach the summit.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. 

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 5Buttermere & Loweswater

Option 1 – Loweswater Terrace
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In summary: Discover tranquil Loweswater, first from the lakeside, then gaze down on this charming scene from the terrace path above.
Highlight: 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 – Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)
In summary: Starting high in the mountains at the Honister Pass we first climb through the famous slate quarry to Fleetwith Pike before taking in the superb, craggy summit of Haystacks. We continue via the lakeside path to Buttermere village.
Highlight: Haystacks achieved fame as the favourite mountain of legendary hill walker and author Alfred Wainwright – we think its pretty special too!

Option 3 – High Stile Ridge
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 3,000 feet (920m)
In summary: A great high-level traverse along the Buttermere skyline. Starting from Buttermere we’ll take in the summits of Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag.
Highlight: A memorable day is assured as we enjoy the mountain panoramas and gaze down on the lake below.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 6Above Ullswater

Option 1 – Aira Force and Ullswater
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)
In summary: Visit the spectacular Aira Force waterfall, then follow the Ullswater Way north along the panoramic balcony path beneath Gowbarrow Fell. We finish at Pooley Bridge for a cruise along the length of the lake to Glenridding*.
Highlight: Aira Force – Lakeland’s most magnificent waterfall and spending time near Ullswater, described by Wordsworth as ‘the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur which any of the lakes affords’. 

*Ullswater Steamer is subject to availability 

Option 2 – Aira Force & Sheffield Pike
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)
In summary: Walk from the Aira Force waterfall around the hillside above the Glencoyne Valley to the summit of Sheffield Pike which occupies a commanding position overlooking Ullswater.
Highlight: The impressive waterfall of Aira Force is one of a series of cascades in this delightful wooded valley.

Option 3 – Fairfield & St Sunday Crag
Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)
Ascent: 3,250 feet (1,000m)
In summary: A fine horseshoe walk that takes in the long ridge of Hartsop-above-How and the summits of Hart Crag, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag.
Highlight: The ridge between Fairfield and St Sunday Crag is challenging in places, but is a stunning way to cross between these two impressive mountains.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 7Castlerigg & Blencathra

Option 1 – Castlerigg Stone Circle
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Ascent: 800 feet (240m)
In summary: Walk through the green Vale of St John to the iconic Castlerigg Stone Circle with its commanding view of the surrounding fells. Either end your walk here, or continue to Keswick.
Highlight: There’s time to explore the attractive town of Keswick. You may enjoy visiting one of the many pubs or tearooms, discover the town’s quirky museum, or just relax by the lakeshore.

Option 2 – High Rigg & Castlerigg
Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km)
Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)
In summary: Starting from Castle Rock we’ll cross the wonderful low-lying fell of High Rigg to Castlerigg stone circle. There are options to finish the walk at Castlerigg or Keswick.
Highlight: Castlerigg Stone Circle dates to c3,000BC and is one of most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain with great views of the Lakeland fells.

Option 3 – Blencathra
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 3,050 feet (940m)
In summary: Climb to the top of Blencathra via Souter Fell and Scales Fell. Our descent route over Blease Fell allows us to complete the entire Blencathra ridge before finishing our walk in Keswick.
Highlight: Ticking off one of the Lake District’s most iconic mountains.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Version 2 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Derwent Bank

Day 2Skiddaw & Latrigg

Option 1 – Latrigg
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)
In summary: Walk through Brundholme Woods then up onto the summit of Latrigg; one of the Lake District’s finest lower hills.
Highlight: Latrigg is one of the lowest of the Lakeland fells but it really packs a punch – an outstanding view over Derwentwater.

Option 2 – Glenderaterra & Latrigg
Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)
Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
In summary: From Threlkeld we ascend the lonely valley of Glenderaterra Beck before turning south to the stunning viewpoint on top of Latrigg.
Highlight: This is a knockout walk for views across Derwent Water from the slopes of Lonscale Fell, plus there’s time to enjoy lively Keswick at the end of the walk.

Option 3 – Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Distance: 11.5 miles (19km)
Ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)
In summary: Ascend to the top of Skiddaw via Ullock Pike and Longside Edge, with views over Bassenthwaite Lake. Our descent takes us via the remote Skiddaw House and along the Cumbria Way to Keswick.
Highlight: Celebrate your achievement with a pint in the Dog and Gun in Keswick.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 3Ullswater & Helvellyn

Option 1 – Aira Force & Ullswater
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)
In summary: Visit the spectacular Aira Force waterfall, then follow the Ullswater Way north along the panoramic balcony path beneath Gowbarrow Fell. We finish at Pooley Bridge for a cruise along the length of the lake to Glenridding*.
Highlight: Aira Force is Lakeland’s most magnificent waterfall. The boat ride along Ullswater at the end of the walk is a great way to see this beautiful landscape from a different perspective.

*Ullswater Steamer is subject to availability

Option 2 – Place Fell & Ullswater
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 2,250 feet (700m)
In summary: Make the moderately steep ascent to the top of Place Fell that commands an excellent view at the head of Ullswater. We descend to follow the attractive lakeside path to Glenridding.
Highlight: Ullswater is one of the area’s most attractive lakes. You’ll enjoy great views towards Helvellyn and the North Pennines.

Option 3 – Helvellyn via the Edges
Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)
Ascent: 3,050 feet (920m)
In summary: A famous ascent of Helvellyn, England’s third highest peak. We’ll follow the narrow Striding Edge ridge to the summit, returning via the equally impressive Swirral Edge.
Highlight: Striding Edge isn’t for the feint hearted; however it is one of the Lake District’s classic walks with a great sense of achievement as you climb the final rocky steps onto the summit.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. 

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 5Cat Bells & Derwentwater

Option 1 – Cat Bells Terrace
Distance: 6.5 miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In summary: Follow the elevated path along Cat Bells terrace, then return along the beautiful lakeshore path.
Highlight: 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
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 1,850 feet (550m)
In summary: Start high in the mountains at the top of Honister Pass for a great walk over High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.
Highlight: 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
Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m)
In summary: A fantastic high-level traverse of the Newlands Valley skyline. We start in the Newlands Valley climbing up the beautiful ridge to the summit of Hindscarth before taking in a further four ‘Wainwright’ summits of Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. With exhilarating high-level walking throughout, this classic route will appeal to all keen hillwalkers.
Highlight: With exhilarating high-level walking throughout, this classic route will appeal to all keen hill walkers.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 6Buttermere & the Derwent Fells

Option 1 – Buttermere
Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)
Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
In summary: 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.
Highlight: A stunning lakeside walk surrounded by towering peaks, then enjoy refreshments at the Fish Inn in Buttermere village.

Option 2 – Sail Pass and Barrow
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 2,250 feet (680m)
In summary: 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.
Highlight: Barrow is one of the area’s most attractive lower fells, with views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the Newland’s Valley.

Option 3 – Through the Derwent Fells
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m)
In summary: A fantastic high level traverse of the mountains between Crummock Water and Derwentwater taking in 6 Wainwright summits. With time to stride out and some scrambling this route is full of variety and great has great throughout. 
Highlight: The hanging valley of Addacomb Hole is often missed but worth the detour.  

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 7Borrowdale & Great Gable

Option 1 – Jaws of Borrowdale
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 700 feet (220m)
In summary: Explore the green valley of Borrowdale as we follow the River Derwent from the foot of the mountains at Seathwaite. Visit the pretty village of Rosthwaite then pass through the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’ to the village of Grange.
Highlight: We’ll stop to see the 2,000 ton Bowder Stone, and Dalton’s Cave (once home to the Lakeland legend Millican Dalton).

Option 2 – Green Gable
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
Ascent: 2,400 feet (740m)
In summary: A circular walk from the top of the Honister Pass. Discover the heritage of the Lakeland slate mines as you make your way to the top of Fleetwith Pike, then continue to the summit of Green Gable.
Highlight: Fleetwith Pike is a fantastic viewpoint with a classic panorama over Buttermere and Crummock Water.

Option 3 – Great Gable
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)
In summary: Walk from Seathwaite to the grand summit of Great Gable. Our route takes us past Styhead Tarn and along the Gable Traverse; a narrow balcony path along the mountainside.
Highlight: Look out for the famous Napes Needle and Sphinx Rock on the way to the summit, then soak up the magnificent view over the Lake District’s highest peaks.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Version 3 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Derwent Bank

Day 2Borrowdale

Option 1 – Cumbria Way
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In summary: A varied circular walk from the pretty hamlet of Grange,  taking in beautiful woodland and riverside paths with some of the best scenery that Borrowdale has to offer. 
Highlight: View’s of Lakeland’s mighty central fells

Option 2 – Watendlath & Borrowdale
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)
In summary: Starting at the southern end of Derwent Water we climb to the historic hamlet of Watendlath before descending to beautiful Borrowdale and the Cumbria Way to Grange. 
Highlight: The delightful undulating path along the ‘hidden valley’ of Watendlath Beck.

Option 3 – Glaramara
Distance: 7.5 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)
In summary: An opportunity to tackle one of the Lake Districts finest fells. A steep craggy ascent gets us to the summit of this giant.
Highlight: The magnificent panoramic views from the top of this iconic mountain.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 3Buttermere & Loweswater

Option 1 – Loweswater Terrace
Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In summary: Discover tranquil Loweswater, first from the lakeside, and later from the terrace path above. A lesser known Lakeland gem. 
Highlight: Our walk ends at the famous Kirkstile Inn; one of the area’s best traditional pubs. Beautifully situated and full character.  

Option 2 – Low Fell & Darling Fell
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 2,250 feet (680m)
In summary: A gem of a walk in the quieter north western fells surrounding Loweswater, reaching the top of two peaks before following a delightful terrace path to the Kirkstile Inn.
Highlight: The views from the summit of Low Fell, described as Wainwright as “classical beauty, an inspired and inspiring vision of loveliness”

Option 3 – Haystacks & Fleetwith Pike
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)
In summary: Starting from Gatesgarth Farm we’ll cross the meadows at the end of Buttermere before ascending to the summits of Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike. We return via two interesting bothies, followed by woodland and a lakeside walk to Buttermere village.
Highlight: Hackstacks’ beautiful tarns and rugged rocky outcrops made this Wainwright’s favourite mountain.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. 

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 5Cat Bells & Derwentwater

Option 1 – Cat Bells Terrace
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In summary: Follow the elevated path along Cat Bells terrace, then return along the beautiful lakeshore path.
Highlight: 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 
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)
In summary: Starting from the front door we head up the ridge to the summit of Cat Bells. We then descend to the lakeside path and a beautiful walk along part of the Cumbria Way. 
Highlight: Cat Bells’ shapely summit is one of the most popular fells in the Lake District and affords magnificent views of the Northern Lakes. 

Option 3 – Newlands Round
Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m)
In summary: A fantastic high-level traverse of the Newlands Valley skyline. We start in the Newlands Valley walking up the beautiful ridge to the summit of Hindscarth before taking in a further four ‘Wainwright’ summits of Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. 
Highlight: With exhilarating high-level walking throughout, this classic route will appeal to all keen hillwalkers.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 6Above Ullswater

Option 1 – Ullswater Way & Aira Force
Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)
Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
In summary: We follow the Ullswater Way through fields and woodland before gently climbing to the summit of Gowbarrow with its wonderful views over Ullswater. After a steeper descent we follow the cascades of Aira Beck to reach the famous waterfall of Aira Force. To finish we will take the Ullswater Steamer from Aira Point jetty to Glenridding.* 
Highlight: Spending time near Ullswater, described by Wordsworth as ‘the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur which any of the lakes affords’. 

*Ullswater Steamer is subject to availability. 

Option 2 – Gowbarrow Fell
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
Ascent: 1,620 feet (500m)
In summary: A circular walk around and over Gowbarrow Fell taking in the beautiful high terrace path above Ullswater, before continuing along the Ullswater Way to the village of Glenridding. 
Highlight: The impressive waterfall of Aira Force is one of a series of cascades in this delightful wooded valley.

Option 3 – St Sunday Crag
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Ascent: 2,850 feet (880m)
In summary: The ascent has fine views and takes us over little known Arnison Crag, which Wainwright described as ‘a low hill with a summit worthy of a mountain’. Our route takes us by Grisedale tarn, tucked into the mountains, before following the valley to Glenridding.
Highlight: Superb views of Ullswater and the Helvellyn range. 

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 7Above Newlands Valley

Option 1 – Whinlatter & Newlands Valley
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,330 feet (400m)
In summary: Follow delightful, wooded Comb Beck up to Whinlatter Visitor Centre before continuing through woodland and up onto open fellside and the pretty village of Braithwaite.
Highlight: Great views of majestic Skiddaw, one of the Lake District’s most prominent fells. 

Option 2 – Outerside & Barrow
Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)
Ascent: 2,250 feet (700m)
In summary: A stony path climbs alongside a mountain stream. We then make a short ascent onto Outerside and Barrow above the Coledale Valley before decending down the ridge to the village of Braithwaite.
Highlight: It isn’t necessary to climb too high to get fabulous views of the surrounding fells, as well as Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water. 

Option 3 – Coledale Round
Distance: 9 miles (12km)
Ascent: 2,800 feet (880m)
In summary: Starting high on Whinlatter Pass we climb steeply to Grisedale Pike for a fantastic high level traverse over the peaks of Crag Hill, Sail and Outerside.
Highlight: Celebrate your achievement at the end of the day with a well-deserved drink in the ‘Coledale Inn’ in Braithwaite.

Accommodation: Derwent Bank (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Version 1
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 9 $2,000 $2,280
2021: May 7, 28 $2,170 $2,450
2021: June 11 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 9 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 20 $2,170 $2,450
2021: September 3, 17 $2,170 $2,450
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Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 30 $2,170 $2,450
2021: May 21 $2,170 $2,450
2021: June 4 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 2, 16 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 13 $2,170 $2,450
2021: September 10 $2,170 $2,450
2021: October 15 $2,000 $2,280
Version 3
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: March 5 $1,840 $2,120
2021: November 5 $1,840 $2,120

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

This tour is also available in 3 and 4 night duration. 

This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice. Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

By Rail:
The nearest train station is at Penrith on the main line between London and Glasgow.

By Taxi:
The journey from Penrith to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi. The 20-mile journey from Penrith railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Davies Taxis. The price of a 4-seat taxi is around £40. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Davies Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0) 17687 72676
Email: [email protected]
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.
*Davies Taxis is not owned or managed by us.

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.

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.

Hotel Descriptions
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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.

Address: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

Room Amenities: 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.

Hotel Amenities: 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.

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