Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre, St John's-in-the-Vale, Keswick, Cumbria,CA12 4UB

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Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre is located near St John's-in-the-Vale just four miles from Keswick. The centre offers self catering accommodation for a variety of groups in modern en suite 4-6 bed bunkrooms and a recently refurbished common room with wood burner. 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 available by arrangement with the Chaplain. School House and Chapel House sleep 25 and 14 respectively with well equipped self-catering kitchens, communal spaces with a wood burner in the School House and comfortable rooms. The buildings can be hired separately or together. Visitors must bring their own sleeping bag, pillowcase and towel etc. Groups are responsible for providing all consumable items including toilet rolls and cleaning materials. This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    39: School 25: 1x6,1x5,3x4,1x2, Chapel 14: 3x4,1x2.
  • Open:

    All year. 24 hours.
  • Price per night:

    £18pp. Charity groups with children (eg scouts, schools and church groups) 14pp.
  • Booking:

    Book via phone or email. Availability shown on website.
  • Directions:

    Trains at Windemere and Penrith, bus 555 Windemere to Keswick stops about 40 minutes' walk away.
  • Public Transport:

    The centre is well signposted from the A66 (Youth Centre) and from the B5322 St John's-in-the-Vale road (Diocesan Youth Centre).
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is near mountains, is in a National Park and is available only to groups. It is on the map of accommodation for school groups.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement
wGroups Only


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Your family summer holiday- get to know the outdoors!

April 11th 2019

We are set in a beautiful location and are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and family get-aways.

Nestled near St Johns is the Vale lies Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre. We are set in a beautiful location and are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, and families seeking escapism in the spacious countryside.  Some activities include fell walking, climbing, orienteering, geo-caching and cycling and that is all on our doorstep.
Give us a ring on 017687 79714 if you have any questions or seek more information!

Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre

Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre

February 6th 2018

What a location!

Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre is, unsurprisingly, a church run activity base four miles from Keswick in the Lake District. Two sizeable buildings, the School House and the Chapel House, sleep 25 and 14 respectively. Each offers a large communal kitchen and dining rooms, bunk style dorms arranged in small groups. The School House has a rather wonderful viewing room with acres of glass because you will want to enjoy the view.

Large, these buildings may be but they are dwarfed by the landscape. The Youth Centre is way up a tree-lined private lane and hugs the side of the mountain. High Rigg rises behind in billowing great granite, a shape echoed across the valley in the surrounding mountains. The hill farms with their hardy sheep and tough rugged buildings dot the valleys, but the mountains are bare, wild and beautiful.

The centre is available to groups only, but if you’re looking for an amazing location with access to walking, climbing, orienteering, geo-caching or cycling then this should be on your list. 




St. John’s in the Vale: beautiful, rugged and accessible

March 25th 2017

Modern accommodation for groups of between 10 and 40 at St. John’s in the Vale in The English Lakes

St. John’s in the Vale is a  beautiful, remote and rugged location, just four miles from Keswick and twenty mins from the M6.  Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre, near St. John’s in the Vale, has modern, ensuite, 4 and 6 bedded rooms with amazing views.  There are two buildings available both with self catering and dinning facilities. The School House sleeps up to 25 and the Chapel House sleeps up to 14.  Both buildings can be hired together by one group.  Visit St. John’s in the Vale to find freedom and space  for your group, nestled in the Northern Fells.

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