Elterwater Hostel, Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX

Call Nick Owen on 01539 437245


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.


  • 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 Trans Euro Trail Cumbria Way Mountain Bike Coast to Coast
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022 Available August Bank Holiday 2022


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
4VisitEngland Quality Assured
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from Elterwater Hostel

Shortlisted for best hostel 2021 in The Great Outdoor Awards

October 27th 2021

TGO Magazines Great Outdoors Awards are here again, with lots of categories for you to vote in, including best hostel 2021. Why not vote for your favourite outdoors suppliers and give Elterwater Hostel a boost too.

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Ideal accommodation for Hodge Close Quarry extreme diving

August 16th 2021

Hodge close quarry is an old slate quarry in the Tilberthwaite Valley, near Langdale. It is high up (altitude 186m) and contains many flooded chambers accessible to experienced cavern and cave divers. Elterwater Hostel just 2 miles away provides comfortable accommodation for divers with meal available and a pub nearby.

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Elterwater Hostel in the heart of the Lake District: Great for school and other groups

May 27th 2021

With rooms from 2-bed to 6-bed, we can accommodate up to 38 guests. Perfect for a school class, a team-building break, a subject specific visit or a Duke of Edinburgh expedition start & end location.

We are ideally located with access to a range of attractions and locations to suit your needs. We have many years of experience accommodating school groups and have a full suite of risk assessments, staff who are knowledgeable on food allergies and intolerances, all served up behind a child friendly atmosphere, making what for some children, is their first nights away from home without a parent, an enjoyable experience.

Contact manager@elterwaterhostel.co.uk to discuss your needs


Latest Blog about Elterwater Hostel

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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