Bunkhouses, Camping Barns & Hostels in the Lake District, Cumbria

This map shows the bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels in the Lake District, Cumbria.  Centred on Grasmere, this map covers the area from Carlisle in the north to Barrow in Furness in the South, the west coast town of Whitehaven to Kirkby Stephen in the east.

Things to do in the Lake District

The Great Outdoors

Cumbria is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. With amazing walks, lakes, scenery and mountain passes, people come from all over for outdoor activities such as climbing, water sports and mountain biking.

Hostelling is the ideal way of taking in the stunning landscape of the Lake District National Park as well as the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Lake District is home to Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Scarfell Pike, one of the peaks used in the Three Peaks Challenge. Other famous peaks include Blencathra, Catbells, Coniston Old Man and Skiddaw. Poets, authors, walkers and watersports lovers alike have all fallen for the charms of, Coniston, Derwentwater, Ullswater Grasmere and the many other lakes and tarns in the area.

World Famous Towns & Attractions

The small towns and villages of Kendal, Keswick, Ambleside, and Bowness on Windemere, are centres of tourism with many family-friendly attractions including the Cumberland Pencil Museum, the World of Beatrix Potter, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and Carlise Castle.

Soaked in Culture & Steeped in History

For the literary minded the National Trust manage Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth’s Childhood home at Cockermouth. Meanwhile the Wordsworth Trust run his home at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, near Ambleside.  Admirers of John Ruskin can visit his home at Brantwood on Coniston, and lovers of Lake District artists can find their work showcased in galleries across the region.

For those who like a more gentle view, the river Eden sweeps through the Eden Valley to the east of Penrith and is the home to otters which can be regularly seen in the area.  The Eden valley is also the home of Andy Goldsworthy’s art installations “Sheep Folds” which can be found across the area including near the villages of Melmerby, Brough and Tebay.