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

Self catering bunkhouses & hostels
Lake District Cumbria Bunkhouses hostels 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.

Lake District hostels & Bunkhouses
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  • Profile picture of Catbells Camping Barn

    Catbells Camping Barn

    Catbells Camping Barns sits 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 has mattresses, bring your own sleeping bag, and is heated with a multi-fuel stove (not suitable for cooking). In the adjacent building is a toilet and a cooking area BYO stove and equipment). It is possible to walk to a pub which serves food.

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    Thorney How

    Thorney How offers clean, comfortable accommodation in Grasmere. Family-run and welcoming it provides en suite, B&B and self-catering accommodation. Close to the Coast to Coast path, local village and lake it is your perfect Lake District base. A bar, restaurant and spacious grounds complete the experience.

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    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 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.

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    Arnside Independent Hostel

    This large family run Edwardian house hostel overlooks Morecambe Bay with great views of the Lake District mountains. The Lakes, Yorkshire Dales, Arneside Knott and Leighton Moss are all easily accessed from here. Enjoy spectacular summer evening sunsets in the garden with fire pits and BBQ or winter evenings relaxing by the fire in the lounge, playing board games and a local ale from the licensed bar. Self cater in the large kitchen or book a delicious home cooked supper in the restaurant.

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    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.

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    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 gatherings of family or friends wanting to visit the Lake District, the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Borders. There is a large fully equipped kitchen/dining room and comfortable recreation room. On NCN route 71 and Wiggo’s Loop on C2C. Good local walking and easy access to lakes and fells. Local café and pub for meals and real ale.

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    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

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  • Profile picture of Dinah Hoggus Camping Barn

    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

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    Shepherds Crook Bunkhouse

    Noran Bank Farm is near Ullswater just through Patterdale in Cumbria, just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Coast to Coast route and The Westmorland Way. Shepherd’s Crook Bunkhouse is a barn converted to a very high standard and sleeps 8. Duvets, linen and towels are provided. DIY breakfast and packed lunches can be pre-booked. It is very popular with Coast to Coasters, walkers, cyclists and for family/friends get-togethers.

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    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.

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    Elterwater Hostel

    Located in the peaceful village of Elterwater, in the Langdale valley, 15 mins’ 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 nearby. The area is popular for both on and off-road cycling, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. An ideal overnight stop on the Cumbria way.

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    Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

    In the Ennerdale valley, one of the most beautiful, least spoilt and quietest in the Lake District, Low GIllerthwaite Field Centre sits at the foot of Pillar and Red Pike. Well equipped for groups it is the perfect base fell walking, rock climbing, bird and wildlife watching, mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing. The centre generates its own hydro-electricity via. Vehicle access is by forest track and a BT payphone is on site as most mobiles do not work here.

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    Denton House

    Denton House is a purpose built hostel and outdoor centre in the Lake District offering bunkhouse accommodation. Warm and well equipped for self-catering, the centre was designed for groups with parking for 40 cars. A variety of outdoor activities can be arranged on site. There is equipment storage and access to the River Greta across the road.

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  • Profile picture of Blakebeck Farm Camping Barn

    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.

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  • Profile picture of Dacres Stable Camping Barn

    Dacres Stable Camping Barn

    A short drive from Kendal, Dacres Stable Camping Barn is on the Eastern edge of the Lake District National Park. On a gated road away from the main A6 it is a perfect base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the Eden valley. Great too for mountain biking, walking, & cycling on quiet tracks and lanes. The camping barn comfortably sleeps 8 on a sole use, self-catering basis. A separate big barn provides play space for children and extra storage.

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    Grasmere Hostel

    This small deluxe 4* hostel, is situated on a farm in the heart of the Lake District National Park and a short stroll from the idyllic village of Grasmere. It is ideal for individuals, couples, families and groups, especially if you want sole use for a club, school or special event. For groups requiring more space, 3 luxury cottages and a Micro Lodge Pod are also available. The hostel, recommended by the Guardian and the Rough Guide, has first class facilities including a sauna.

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  • Profile picture of Hudscales Camping Barn

    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

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    Slack House Farm

    Slack House Farm is an 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 next to The Scypen café and farm shop (Birdoswald cheese is made on-site). The bunkbarn is warm and cosy and has basic self-catering facilities. Cooked breakfasts, farmhouse suppers and packed lunches can be provided.

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    High House

    High House in Seathwaite, at the head of the beautiful valley of Borrowdale, offers comfortable bunkhouse/hostel self-catering accommodation. Popular with walking and climbing clubs, outdoor education and corporate groups, early booking is advised. The building is only let to one group at a time. Two dorms are available each with toilet, washbasin and shower. There is a third dorm reserved for K Fellfarers members, occasionally club members may use this room during your stay. If you wish to have sole use there’s a £25 supplement per night.

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    Kendal Hostel

    A Georgian town house in the centre of the historic market town of Kendal. Run by a fully trained Blue Badge Guide. Meet famous cats George and Maisie! The log burner and free pool table are very popular in winter. A secure bike shed and proximity to the West Coast Rail line make it great for cycle tourists. A family run, friendly, home from home.

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  • Profile picture of Great Langdale Bunkhouse

    Great Langdale Bunkhouse

    Great value accommodation for groups, families and individual amidst some of the finest mountain scenery in England. Immediate access to world class mountain biking, road cycling, walking, fell running and climbing. Biomass cental heating throughout, separate male and female shower and toilet facilities. No cooking/dining facilities but Sticklebarn Tavern is right next door. Hearty breakfasts at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. BYO sleeping bag and towels. Well behaved dogs allowed in private rooms.

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    Kirkby Stephen Hostel

    Former Methodist Church with a range of accommodation for individuals, families and groups amongst beautiful authentic features; stained glass, arches and panels. With a large dining room and kitchen and a quiet lounge in the gallery. Kirkby Stephen is a market town in the upper Eden valley, On Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path with easy access to the Lady Ann Clifford Walk, the Walney to Wear Cycle Route, the Howgill Hills, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes.

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  • Profile picture of Watendlath Bothy

    Watendlath Bothy

    Watendlath Bothy sits next to the tarn in the quiet, picturesque hamlet that shares its name. High in a beautiful valley, it offers superb access to the surrounding fells. Visitors should treat the Bothy as a ‘stone tent’ bring their own equipment as for camping such as cutlery, plates, sleeping bags & mats, matches, etc. The perfect choice for people looking to escape to one of the most remote-feeling places in the Lake District.

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  • Profile picture of St Johns in the Vale Camping Barn

    St Johns in the Vale Camping Barn

    St John’s-in-the-Vale Camping Barn, a renovated 18th century stable on a peaceful hill farm, has stunning views to Blencathra, Helvellyn and Castle Rock. The Barn has a sleeping area upstairs (mattress provided) and a sitting/dining area below. A separate toilet, shower and cooking area (BYO equipment) are within the building. A wood-burning stove makes it nice and cosy. Outside there is a BBQ area. As there is no light pollution, the star-filled night skies are magical. Northern Lights have been seen too!

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  • Profile picture of Holme Wood Bothy

    Holme Wood Bothy

    Holme Wood Bothy offers basic accommodation in a spectacular secluded location, right on the shore of Loweswater. This “stone tent” provides a roof, kitchen area and sleeping platform. Visitors must bring camping equipment including plates, matches, sleeping mats and sleeping bags and water. If you are looking for a remote and basic getaway with easy access to the lake this bothy is the perfect choice. Great for accessing the lakes and canoeing on Loweswater.

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  • Profile picture of Rydal Hall Youth Centre

    Rydal Hall Youth Centre

    Rydal Hall Youth Centre is sheltered on three sides by the Fairfield Horseshoe and offers access to the best of Lakeland’s activities. It provides accommodation for groups of up to 29 in 2 dorms and 2 leader rooms, a large common room, a drying room & a fully equipped kitchen. There is also camping for groups and families and en suite accommodation for up to 50 in the Hall. There are also eco-pods in the grounds sleeping 3 & 4.

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    Greenhead Hostel

    Situated in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian’s Wall, the hostel is ideal for walking the Pennine Way or The Wall or for exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. It boasts a newly refurbished self-catering kitchen (big enough for large groups). The flexible accommodation can be booked by the bed, the room or for sole use. The hostel is run by Greenhead Hotel (over the road).

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    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)

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    Rookhow Centre

    In the Rusland Valley, surrounded by glorious woods where bonfires/BBQs are permitted, near Coniston, Windermere & Grisedale Forest. Rookhow is the perfect base for walking, orienteering, mountaineering, biking and other outdoor activities or quiet retreat. A small, cosy hostel converted from stables of the nearby Quaker Meeting House (available for group activities). The sleeping areas can be rented as private/family rooms.

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    Hawse End Centre

    Hawse End Centre sits at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley on the shores of Derwentwater with easy access to Keswick via launch or lakeside walk. The house is a large, comfortable, country mansion, ideal for large groups, while the Cottage is more suited to smaller group, families and individuals. For the more adventurous there are two yurts with stunning views and transparent domes for star gazing. Catering & outdoor activities with instruction can be booked in advance.

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    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.

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    Skiddaw House

    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.

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  • Profile picture of Maggs Howe Camping Barn

    Maggs Howe Camping Barn

    In the quiet, unspoilt valley of Kentmere, a ramblers’ paradise of woods, fields, lanes, a scattering of traditional farms & the fells covered with Wainwright walks. There is plenty to do including biking, riding & fishing, as well as quiet enjoyment. Maggs Howe provides B&B in 3 farmhouse rooms and a camping barn (BYO sleeping bag). Breakfast (£8) and suppers (from £14) are available with notice. Dogs need prior permission.

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    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,

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    Fell End Bunkhouse

    Overlooking the Howgill Fells, these two 18th century buildings provide bunkhouse accommodation for groups, DofE, families and people with special needs. Great for walking, cycling, canoeing & caving. The Schoolhouse sleeps 8 with an extra bed in a side room. Greenslack has 2 bunks and 1 single bed plus an accessible bathroom. Fell End is owned by the Bendrigg Trust, a charity offering accessible outdoor activities.

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    Lowick School Bunkhouse

    Within the old primary school at Lowick Green which is nestled between Coniston (4 miles) and Ulverston. The bunkhouse has a lounge/meeting room with wood-burning stove, kitchen/dining room, great views of the mountains and an outdoor area with campfire River Deep Mountain High Activity Centre provides a wide variety of outdoor activities. Group and family packages include activities in the price.

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    Carlisle City Hostel

    Carlisle’s only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace accommodating up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen, lounge with TV, DVDs and book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi in communal areas. Prices include basic breakfast. A great place from which to explore Carlisle, The Tuille House MuseumThe Eden Valley, Hadrien’s Wall and more The staff look forward to welcoming you as their guest to hostel and the city.

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    The White Horse Inn Bunkhouse

    Converted from the stables of this traditional Lake District inn at the foot of Blencathra. The White Horse has great pub food (weekdays 12-2pm & 6-9pm weekends all day), open fires, local ales and a warm welcome. The bunkhouse has a basic kitchen & communal dining area. Guests are welcome to socialise in the pub Close to Sharp Edge with paths to the mountains from the garden. The C2C route passes the front of the inn.

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    Hillside Farm Bunkbarn

    A Georgian farmstead, still a working farm, right on Hadrian’s Wall National Trail and Cycleway near the Solway Coast AONB. Stunning views over the Solway Firth marshes towards Scotland. Bunkbarn or B&B rooms available. The bunkbarn, in a converted stable block, has cooking facilities & hot showers. Towels and sleeping bags can be hired. Communal, but not sleeping, areas are heated. Breakfast or bacon sandwiches available with notice. Walking, cycling and family groups are most welcome.

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    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 the Lake District. Local attractions include rambling, fell walking, climbing and water sports. The Basecamp ranger will happily assist on local walks and activities. The Longland block has two dormitories each sleeping 8, while the Acland block has two dormitories sleeping 10 each.

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    Derwentwater Independent Hostel

    Family run and friendly, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds with stunning mountain views. Just 2 miles from Keswick, close to the Coast to Coast route and the delights of Borrowdale it makes a great base for individuals, families, groups and conferences. The hostel has plenty of space in and out for you to use and relax. Home made food is available.

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    Lake District Backpackers

    In the heart of Windermere, close to shops, cafes and pubs, 2 minutes from the train & bus station and opposite the TIC and tour offices. Easy access to the National Park by the 555 bus, 25 minute walk to the lake with steamer trips and boat hire and access to the fells from our door. Maps and guides available in this friendly, cosy hostel.

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    Wild Wool Bunkbarn

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    Longrigg Residential Centre

    Recently refurbished and standing in its own grounds, overlooking the unspoilt splendour of the Howgill Fells Longrigg is perfect for mixed groups or families wanting to explore the Lakes and Yorkshire. Walking, cycling, canoeing and caving are nearby. BYO Sleeping bags and pillowcases. A large kitchen is equipped for group catering. The lounge has easy chairs and access to the patio. A separate games room has pool table, TV and table football. Outdoor activity instruction and equipment available.

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    Swallow Barn Camping Barn

    In the picturesque Loweswater Valley, Swallow Barn is part of a set of buildings dating back to 1670 on a working beef and sheep farm. Sleeping 18 on mattresses (BYO sleeping bags), there is a cooking and eating area, metered showers & plug socket + 2 toilets. Perfect for exploring the western fells on both high and low level walks with spectacular views, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the valley. On the Sea2sea cycle route. The Kirkstyle pub (1 mi) serves food, Cockermouth (8 mi).

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    New Ing Lodge

    New Ing Lodge is a 10 bedroom, 10 bathroom B&B and hostel offering, comfortable, friendly, flexible accommodation with food. Based in Shap in the Eden Valley, just off the M6, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the Howgills and the Pennine Fells, it is on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path, the Westmorland Way and the Miller’s Way. The perfect place for large groups.

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  • Profile picture of Cragg Camping Barn

    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

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    Fisher-gill Camping Barn

    Situated in Thirlmere at the foot of the Helvellyn mountains, close to Sticks Pass and the spectacular Fisher-Gill waterfall, the camping barn offers you direct access to numerous walks, hill and rock climbing. It is 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 all the basic equipment and 10 bed bunk (sleeping bags/liners are required). A pub serving meals is within walking distance. Perfect for quite country retreats, it is not suitable for late night drinking parties

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    Wayfarers Independent Hostel

    Close to Penrith town centre and perfect for those on the C2C cycle route. Excellent value accommodation to those visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley and the North Lake District National Park. Bike cleaning and maintenance facilities and bike hire on site. Full kitchen and dining facilities, en suite rooms with made up beds, lockers, bedside lights, Individuals, small parties and groups of up to 18 are welcome.

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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.