Elterwater Hostel, Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX

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Friendly hostel accommodation in the Langdale Valley

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. Pubs, 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 established overnight stop on the Cumbria way. The hostel is also ideal for individuals, families, outdoor groups, schools and college trips.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


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  • Beds & Rooms:

    38 : 6x2, 1x4, 1x4 ensuite, 3x6
  • Open:

    All year (Nov-Feb groups only). Access 7.30am-11.30pm. Reception 7.30-10am & 5-10pm.
  • Price per night:

    From £25pp. Check website for special offers.Call for sole use.
  • Booking:

    Booking advisable all year round, via website or phone.
  • Directions:

    From Ambleside take the A593. After 2 miles, turn right onto the B5343. After a further 2 miles go over cattle grid, then next left. Go through the village over the bridge and turn left and then the hostel is on the right.
  • Public Transport :

    Nearest Station Windermere. From Ambleside: Stagecoach-in-Cumbria route 516 toward Dungeon Ghyll.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Ravenber Way Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk Mountain Bike Coast to Coast Cumbria Way Trans Euro Trail
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Easter 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
8Green Tourism Award: Gold
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from Elterwater Hostel

Sustainable travel is rewarded at Elterwater

March 28th 2023

A committed ECO hostel, Elterwater offers a ‘No Car Discount’. As part of their commitment to ‘Going Green,’ they offer a 5% discount for individual guests arriving to the area by public transport, on foot or by bike.  The offer is only available to guests booking direct via their website or telephone and evidence will be required on arrival.  Please use Promo Code NOCAR5.

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Stunning base for Lake District adventures

December 31st 2022

Located in the iconic Langdale valley, just 4.5 miles from Ambleside, staffed by passionate and welcoming people its no wonder the Elterwater Hostel won bronze in ‘ Great Outdoors Magazine Readers’ Awards Best Hostel or Bunkhouse 2021′.

The hostel is a perfect base for those seeking adventure on the fells of the Lake District or those looking for a quiet escape surrounded by beautiful scenery. With several cafes and pubs, including the Britannia Inn which is one of the country’s oldest, there are many places to unwind after a long day on the hillside . You don’t have far to go to reach them with the hills and trails perfect for walkers and cyclists alike right outside the front door as well as winding roads for those cyclists who prefer to avoid getting to muddy.


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The Great Outdoors Awards are here!

October 25th 2021

We’re happy to see a few familiar names on the shortlists. It is always a joy to see people showing the benefits of getting outside in the fresh air, the awards have highlighted some of the people who’ve been doing just that.

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