Former youth hostel in the Langdale Valley


Elterwater Hostel, Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX

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 ideal overnight stop on the Cumbria way. The hostel is an ideal venue 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.
Elterwater Hostel | Former youth hostel in the Langdale Valley

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or call Nick Owen on
015394 37245

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Rooms & Beds:

38 : 6×2, 1×4, 1×4 ensuite, 3×6


All year (Nov-Feb Groups only). Access 7.30am-11.30pm. Reception open 7.30am to 10am and 5pm to 10:30pm.

Price per night:

From £25pp, £21 in low season. For exclusive hire please call.


Booking advisable all year round, via website or phone.


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:

From Ambleside: Stagecoach-in-Cumbria route 516 toward Dungeon Ghyll.

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee, is a Green Business Award Winner, has a pub within walking distance, has availability this Christmas and is on the Coast to Coast Mountain Bike route.

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Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel

… a great base for exploring Lakeland…

Elterwater Hostel, is in the Lake District’s Langdale Valley. The village of Elterwater is lovely. Peaceful and far enough away from bustling Ambleside and Grasmere to miss the worst of the ‘madding crowd’. You can still access the Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter attractions there, but I imagine that you, like me, will be turning your eyes to The Langdales. Those iconic Lakeland peaks ragged and jagged, home to hidden tarns and far reaching vistas. Visit their website and you’ll see its replete with pictures tempting you into those mountains.

The hostel itself is in a converted stone farmhouse with all the Lakeland character you’d expect. Comfortable communal areas and clean, cosy bunkrooms are all as you’d expect. Imagine tumbling in, muddy and happily tired from your adventures – knowing your hot meal is being prepared and soft sofa is just there.  Your Independent Hostel team, Alice and Sam stayed there for the Keswick Mountain festival in 2017 and believe me, they could not speak highly enough of the hospitality they received!

Elterwater Hostel – a great base for exploring Lakeland. 


Children’s Book Festival in the English Lakes

Children’s Book Festival in the English Lakes

4th and 5th of March in the English Lakes

Elterwater Hostel makes a great base for a family who want to join the National Trust’s special, fun event at the fairy-tale Wray Castle. Meet the authors, hear their new stories, and get your books signed, before heading back for an evening of burying yourselves in good books in the hostel’s comfy living room.  With beds from £19pp and family rooms available for all sorts of family sizes.  Book your room and tickets now.

Swallows and Amazons forever!

Swallows and Amazons forever!

Have your own Lake District adventures this autumn.

If the new film of Arthur Ransom’s Lakeland tales makes you want to explore the lakes, visit the islands, and drink the ‘grog’; book a room at Elterwater hostel and have your own adventures and fun spotting where the Swallows and Amazons had theirs.The film released on the 19th of August is filmed where Ransom himself based his novels here in the Lakes around Coniston and Windermere. We also stock ‘grog’ suitable for all age groups.

Contact Elterwater Hostel:

015394 37245MessageView website