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Lake District, Cumbria: Accommodation in bunkhouses, hostels and camping barns

Lake District Cumbria Bunkhouses, camping barns

This map shows the Lake District National Park and Cumbria. The locations of camping barns, bunkhouses and hostels in the Lakes are shown with clickable links. Centred on Borrowdale, the heart of Wordsworth Country, 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. Hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns provide self catering accommodation for individuals, families and groups wanting to explore the Lake District and Cumbria. They are perfect bases for cycling, walking, fell running or climbing in the national park. There are hostels on the coast and along the route of the Cumbria sections of the Coast to Coast Walk and the Cycling C2C.

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Fell End Bunkhouse

Overlooking the unspoilt Howgill Fells, these two 18th century buildings provide comfortable bunkhouse accommodation for people wishing to explore this beautiful area. Perfect for mixed groups, DofE, families and people with special needs. Great for walking & cycling, canoeing & caving nearby, the Lake District is only 1 hour away. The Schoolhouse sleeps 8 in bunks in the central area with an extra bed in an adjoining room.

Blakebeck Farm Camping Barn

Blakebeck Farm Camping Barn is set amidst wildflower meadows in Mungrisdale with panoramic views. It is on the C2C cycle route, the Cumbrian Way passes close by and there are many Lake District Peaks within easy reach. It is ideal as an overnight for cyclists and weekend breaks for walkers and families. There is a large upstairs room where up to 10 people can sleep on the mattresses provided (BYO sleeping bags) and there is a farmhouse table and chairs.

Greenhead Hostel

Greenhead Hostel is a converted methodist chapel in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian’s Wall. It is ideal for those walking the Pennine Way or The Wall and is in a great location for those exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. The church was built in 1886 to serve the village miners and gave its last service in 1972. It has been a hostel since 1978. Greenhead Hostel has a newly refurbished self-catering kitchen with a cooking range ideal

Carlisle City Hostel

Carlisle City Hostel is Carlisle’s only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace that can accommodate up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen for you to prepare your own meals, communal lounge with TV, DVDs and book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi is available in communal areas. All prices include a basic breakfast. Secure bicycle and luggage storage is located in the large cellar. Come and

Hawse End Centre

Hawse End Centre, at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley and directly across Derwentwater from Keswick, has stunning views and access to lakeside, mountains and Keswick (via launch or lakeside walk). The house is a large, comfortable, country mansion, ideal for groups. It has a well equipped and spacious self-catering kitchen with a professional catering oven & hob, a large dining room, lounge, games room, classroom and extensive grounds leading down to the lake shore. The Cottage for individuals,

High Wray Basecamp

Situated in the heart of South Lakeland in secluded woodland, 4 miles from the village of Ambleside, High Wray Basecamp provides an ideal base for groups wishing to explore and take part in activities in the Lake District area. Local attractions include rambling, fell walking, climbing and water sports, with the Basecamp ranger being happy to assist with information on local walks and activities. The Longland Block has two separate fully centrally heated dormitories each sleeping 8, with

Maggs Howe Camping Barn

Kentmere is a quiet, unspoilt valley within the Lake District National Park. It’s a ramblers’ paradise with woods, fields, lanes, a scattering of traditional lakeland farms and dwellings and of course the fells with their walks so favoured by Wainwright. The Lakeland to Lindisfarne long distance path passes this way as well as the mountain bikers’ and horse riders’ Coast to Coast. Kentmere offers plenty of activities which include biking, riding and fishing, but most of all quiet

Hillside Farm Bunkbarn

A Georgian farmstead in a conservation area just steps away from Hadrian’s Wall. Hillside Farm, in the small village of Boustead Hill, near the Solway Coast AONB and RSPB nature reserve, has stunning views over the Solway Firth marshes towards Scotland. Hadrian’s Wall National Trail and Hadrian’s Cycleway pass right by. Hillside farm is a working farm and the 4th generation of farmers welcome you to to the bunkbarn or the B&B rooms in the farmhouse. The bunkbarn, in a

Murt Barn Camping Barn

Murt Barn is ideally situated in the Wasdale valley, for walking in the surrounding fells. Converted from a hay loft & byre, it sleeps 8, with loo, shower, & hot water in the same building. Pubs in the village of Nether Wasdale are 10 minutes walk away, and nearest shops are within 5 miles. Waswater & its YHA are half mile down road, towards the Scafell range of mountains.

Greengill Barn

A converted traditional barn on the edge of Morland in Cumbria’s rolling Eden Valley, close to the Lake District and handy for the M6. Great for weekend gatherings of family or friends wanting to visit the Lake District, the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Borders. Accommodating 16 in 2 bunk rooms, a large fully equipped kitchen/dining room and a huge beamed recreation room with sofas, armchairs, pool table, library, dartboard and card table and music system. A great space

Grasmere Hostel

This small deluxe hostel, situated on a farm, is nestled in the heart of the Lake District National Park and a short stroll from the idyllic village of Grasmere. The only 4 star independent hostel in the Lake District, this family-run hostel is ideal for individuals, couples, families and groups, especially if you want exclusive use of the whole place for a club, school or special event. For groups requiring more space, 3 luxury cottages and a Micro Lodge Pod

Denton House

Denton House is a purpose built hostel and outdoor centre in the heart of the Lake District offering bunkhouse style accommodation designed for groups. There is plenty of hot water for showers, central heating throughout, a self-catering kitchen, a large dining room and solid bunk-beds. All linen provided. Breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals are all available upon request. The centre is also available for large groups looking for sole use. There is a car park for

High House

High House in Seathwaite, at the head of the popular valley of Borrowdale, offers comfortable bunkhouse/hostel self-catering accommodation in a converted 16/17 century farmhouse set within its own grounds. It is popular with walking and climbing clubs and is regularly used by outdoor education and corporate groups. Early booking is advised, especially for weekends. The building is let to one group at a time. Two dorms are available each with toilet, washbasin and shower. There is a third dorm reserved

Fisher-gill Camping Barn

Situated in Thirlmere at the foot of the Helvellyn range of mountains, close to Sticks Pass and spectacular Fisher-gill waterfall, with numerous walks, hill and rock climbing from the barn, it’s an ideal place for touring the Lake District being just off the A591 road, with local and national bus stops at the end of the lane. Accommodation consists of two rooms: a kitchen/diner with fridge, 4 ring calor gas stove, kettle, toaster, tables and chairs, all pots, pans

Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel is located in the peaceful village of Elterwater, in the Langdale valley, 15 minutes’ drive from Ambleside. The area has many walks for people of all abilities, from gentle riverside meanders to the challenge presented by the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Scafell. Banks, shops and other amenities are available nearby. The area is also a favourite for both on and off-road cycling, rock climbing and many other outdoor activities. An ideal overnight stop on the Cumbria way.

Longrigg Residential Centre

Longrigg Residential Centre, within walking distance of Sedbergh, only 10 miles from Kendal and less than 10 minutes from the M6, is an ideal location for exploring the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales. Standing in its own grounds and overlooking the unspoilt splendour of the Howgill Fells the centre is perfect for mixed groups or families. Walking, cycling, canoeing and caving are nearby. Recently refurbished the centre has two six bed dorms in the main building and a larger separate

Lowick School Bunkhouse

Lowick School Bunkhouse is based within the old primary school at Lowick Green which is nestled between Coniston and Ulverston. The bunkhouse has 20 beds in 3 rooms plus a lounge/meeting room with wood-burning stove, kitchen/dining room, great views of the mountains, an outdoor area with campfire and more! River Deep Mountain High Activity Centre provides a wide variety of outdoor activities from gorge walking to mountain biking, kayaking to sailing and more. Group and family packages include activities in

Yealand Old School

From the doorstep of Yealand Old School Hostel you can walk to Warton Crag for a broad vista across the ever changing sands of Morecambe Bay. In early summer you can hunt out a wide variety of wild flowers on the limestone scenery at nearby Gaitbarrows NNR and Hutton Roofs crags. Children will enjoy Lakeland Wildlife oasis, a small zoo 3 miles away. The New Inn, recently refurbished and reopened is only 300m away.

Swallow Barn Camping Barn

Lying in the picturesque Loweswater Valley, Swallow Barn is part of a traditional set of buildings dating back to 1670 on a working beef and sheep farm. The barn accommodates 18 people on mattresses in 4 sleeping areas. There is a cooking and eating area with tables and chairs, 2 metered showers and a metered plug socket and 2 toilets. The barn is an excellent base for exploring the western fells with both high and low level walks and spectacular

Dinah Hoggus Camping Barn

Dinah Hoggus Camping Barn is situated on the old Packhorse route to Watendlath. It is a traditional Lakeland Field Barn or Hogg House on the outskirts of the village of Rosthwaite in the Borrowdale valley. The barn is right on the Cumbria Way and the Coast to Coast walk. The sleeping area is on the first floor and 12 mattresses are provided. There is a cooking and eating area on the ground floor with tables and benches. There

Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre

Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre is located near St John’s-in-the-Vale just four miles from Keswick. The centre offers flexible accommodation for a variety of groups in modern en suite 4-6 bed bunkrooms. With fell walking, climbing, orienteering, geo-caching and cycling on the doorstep and freedom, space and amazing views from the buildings, this is the perfect place for a group retreat, large family get-together or activity field trips. Projection equipment, flip-chart easel and TV & video/DVD player are

Rydal Hall Youth Centre

Rydal Hall Youth Centre is situated in the centre of Rydal Hall estate, sheltered on three sides by the Fairfield Horseshoe and offering access to the best of Lakeland’s activities. Facilities inside provide accommodation for groups of up to 29. There are 2 dormitories sleeping 9 and 10 in each and 2 leader rooms each sleeping 4 and 6. A large common room can be used for dining or recreation. A drying room on the ground floor. A welcoming log-burner

Lake District Backpackers

Situated in the heart of Windermere and central Lakeland, you will find this cosy, friendly hostel ideally situated for exploring the surrounding area. The owners can advise you on routes for walks and cycle rides and provide you with maps. Staff can also help to organise abseiling, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, even caving! There is easy access to the lake and fells from our door and the hostel is adjacent to the main 555 bus route through Lakeland. The

Catbells Camping Barn

Catbells Camping Barn is part of a traditional set of farm buildings dating back to the 14th century. The barn is on the slopes of Catbells in the tranquil Newlands Valley, with magnificent views over the Lake District. The Cumberland Way passes through the farmyard. Keswick is only 4 miles away and both Borrowdale and Buttermere are within walking distance. The camping barn is on the ground floor and has sleeping accommodation for 10, with mattresses provided. Bring your own

New Ing Lodge

New Ing Lodge is a 18th century grade 2 listed farm. Now operating as a 10 bedroom, 10 bathroom B&B and hostel offering friendly flexible accommodation with food. It has been awarded Green Tourism GoldAward and is the only winner of the Above & Beyond Outstanding Commitment to Responsible Tourism. Based in Shap in the Eden Valley, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the Howgills and the Pennine Fells, New Ing Lodge offers comfort at an affordable

Rookhow Centre

Situated in the Rusland Valley, close to the heart of the Lake District, this small beautiful hostel has its own glorious woods where you can have a bonfire/BBQ or explore the woodland walks. Close to Coniston and Windermere and on the edge of the Grizedale Forest Park with its trails and sculptures, Rookhow is the perfect base for walking, orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing and all outdoor activities as well as quiet retreat, relaxation, study and artistic pursuits. Converted

Slack House Farm

Slack House Farm is a working, organic dairy farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. It is on the NCN 72 cycle route and is only 0.5km from the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. The bunkbarn is adjacent to The Scypen café and farm shop and Birdoswald cheese is made on the farm. Accommodation consists of 3 dorms; a 10 bed dorm, a 5 bedded room, and a 3 bed family room (+ child’s bed and travel cot). Sheets and

Fell End Camping Barn

Fell End Camping Barn is an 18th century Lakeland stone barn, with a grassey courtyard. It is about half a mile from Thornthwaite Farm, in the quieter corner of the Lake District not far from Coniston, Grizedale and the Duddon Valley. It is surrounded by spectacular scenery, ideal for walkers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts. There are magnificent views, star-filled skies (a truly breathtaking sight) and the tranquil ‘sound of silence’. Fell End Barn is lit by tea lights (provided)

Dacres Stable Camping Barn

Only 20 minutes’ drive from Kendal, Dacre’s Stable Camping Barn at Grisedale Farm is in the new Eastern extension to the Lake District National Park, On a very quiet gated road away from the main A6 it is a perfect base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the Eden valley, all within an hour’s drive. Great for mountain biking, walking, and cycling on quiet tracks and lanes, surrounded by wildlife and space to

Howgills Barn

Howgills Barn offers a beautifully renovated self catering barn in Sedbergh Yorkshire. Breath taking views, plenty to see and do on the doorstep & set in a private location where the children can enjoy some freedom. A five minute walk in to Sedbergh to nearby pubs, cafes and restaurants. Dogs welcome too. Hot tub available. Five stars on trip advisor from over 100 reviews, gives a flavor of the quality of the accommodation.

Great Langdale Bunkhouse

Great Langdale Bunkhouse offers great value accommodation for groups, families and individuals. Situated amidst some of the finest mountain scenery in England with immediate access to world class mountain biking, road cycling, walking, fell running and climbing. The whole place is set up to explore the amazing mountains and ideal for those who love the outdoors. The bunkhouse has 21 beds divided into 3 twins, 1 of 7 and 1 of 8 (all bunk beds). There is biomass cental heating

Arnside Independent Hostel

Family run since 2014. This large Edwardian house overs Morecambe Bay and is perfectly situated with great views of the Lake District mountains. Enjoy spectacular summer evening sunsets in the garden with outdoor seating, fire pits, games, picnic tables and BBQ facilities. Spend winter evenings relaxing by the fire in the lounge, playing board games and enjoying a local ale from the licensed bar. Have a go at pool or darts in the games room or relax into a good

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

Towards the head of Ennerdale valley, one of the most beautiful, least spoilt and quietest valleys in the Lake District, at the foot of Pillar and Red Pike sits Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre. An ideal base for fell walking, classic rock climbs, bird and wildlife watching, mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing and environmental studies. Originally a 15th century farmhouse, the centre has group self-catering facilities, drying room, a library of environmental books, a large barn for indoor activities (ideal for

Kendal Hostel

Kendal Hostel is a Georgian town house in the centre of the historic market town of Kendal. The hostel has a fully trained Blue Badge Guide and famous cats George and Maisie. The log burner and free Pool Table are very popular in the Winter. The secure cycling shed and proximity to the West Coast Rail line are great for cycle tourists. Family run, friendly hostel, a home from home.

St Johns in the Vale Camping Barn

St John’s-in-the-Vale Camping Barn is adapted from an 18th century stable and hayloft, in an idyllic setting. Overlooking St John’s Beck, the peaceful hill farm has stunning views to Blencathra, Helvellyn and Castle Rock. The Barn has a sleeping area upstairs (mattress provided) with a sitting and dining area below. Separate toilet, shower and cooking area (bring your own stove, cooking and eating equipment) are within the building. A wood-burning stove provides a focal point and warmth! There is a

The White Horse Inn Bunkhouse

The White Horse Inn Bunkhouse has been converted from the stables of this traditional Lake District inn at the foot of Blencathra. The White Horse is a country pub with great pub food, open fires, local ales and a warm welcome.Four of the stables have been converted into bedrooms, two sleeping 6 people in bunks, one sleeping eight and one sleeping four. There is a basic kitchen with electric hob, microwave and a coin operated clothes dryer and a communal

Kirkby Stephen Hostel

Kirkby Stephen Hostel, is a former YHA hostel converted from a Methodist Church and has been independent since 2010. The old chapel has a range of accommodation for individuals, families and groups amongst beautiful authentic features; stained glass windows, arches, oak panels and stone covings. The chapel houses a large dining room and kitchen, with a lounge/reading room in the gallery. The bedrooms and dormitories are in a building at the rear, with ample lavatories and showers, WiFi and

Cragg Camping Barn

Cragg Barn Camping Barn is a traditional stone-built barn with stunning views of Buttermere fells. It has a kitchen and seating area with electric heater and socket on a meter, a sink and cold running water. There is a hot shower on a meter, a toilet and washbasin with hot and cold water. The sleeping area has 8 mattresses, bring your own sleeping bag. You need a stove and eating utensils if you wish to self-cater. Well behaved

Bents Camping Barn

Bents Camping Barn is in the newly extended Yorkshire Dales National Park, was formerly a shepherds’ cottage in the 1600s. There are 2 sleeping rooms on the first floor with bunk beds. On the ground floor there is a kitchen with cooking area, a dining area with tables and benches and a WC with washbasins. Other facilities include electric lighting and power points throughout (£1 coin meter), crockery, cutlery, toaster, fridge, microwave, 3 electric cooking rings, 2 electric kettles,

Shepherds Crook Bunkhouse

Noran Bank Farm is situated near Lake Ullswater just through Patterdale in Cumbria. Only 5 minutes’ walk away from the Coast to Coast route as well as The Westmorland Way which is a 95 mile walk along generally good paths beginning in the famous horse fair town of Appleby and ending at Arnside, all within the old County of Westmorland. Shepherd’s Crook Bunkhouse is a barn conversion, converted to a very high standard and sleeps 8. Upstairs it has a

Hudscales Camping Barn

Hudscales Camping Barn is part of a group of traditional farm buildings, situated at 1000ft on the northern-most flank of the Lakeland Fells. It overlooks the villages of Caldbeck and Hesket Newmarket and is in an ideal position for exploring the northern fells. It is situated right on the Cumbria Way. Sleeping accommodation is on the ground floor along with a separate cooking and eating area. You will need to bring sleeping bags and mats. If you wish to

Wayfarers Independent Hostel

Wayfarers Independent Hostel is situated close to Penrith town centre, providing excellent value accommodation to those visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley and the North Lakes. Penrith is on the edge of the Lake District National Park, close to the M6 and on the West Coast Mainline with shops, pubs, restaurants and a cinema all within 5 minutes’ walk of the hostel. The Coast to Coast cycle route passes 100m from the doorstep, secure indoor bike storage, a drying room

Thorney How

Thorney How offers clean and comfortable guest accommodation in Grasmere, the heart of the Lake District. Family-run and welcoming it provides en suite, bed and breakfast and standard self-catering accommodation for individuals, families and groups. With a backdrop of magnificent fells, adjacent to the Coast to Coast path, local village and lake, the tranquil location provides the perfect base to explore the Lake District. The Main House, 26 beds in a gentleman’s farmhouse, is charming with well proportioned rooms and

Summergrove Halls

Summergrove Halls offers unique and great value accommodation. All the rooms have a small double bed (3/4 size) and have an en-suite shower room. Bed linen and towels are provided along with basic toiletries. Summergrove allows you to be as independent as you like with either fully equipped self-catering kitchens or small beverage kitchens, to make snacks and drinks; or you can relax in the dining room and bar area and choose from the popular dinner menu, or just watch TV.

Skiddaw House

Skiddaw House is the highest hostel in Britain! Escape the crowds at this remote mountain hostel. No roads, no other buildings, and no phone signal; just uninterrupted views of beautiful mountain wilderness. But there’s no need to compromise on comfort, with wood burning stoves, hot showers, a well-stocked bar and your bed made up for you. We’re half way up Skiddaw but an easy walk or mountain bike ride from Keswick or Threlkeld.

Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Family run and friendly, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds complete with its own waterfall. The glorious setting near the lake gives wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and is just 2 miles from Keswick. A great base for individuals, families, groups, family parties, reunions and conferences, the hostel has lounges, games rooms and free WiFi. It is licensed and offers a full meal service with a good reputation for home made food. Many

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. 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 Carlisle 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.  Contrast this with the high fells of Shap known to most only from the route of the M6 as it climbs over Cumbria past Carlisle towards the border.