Elterwater Hostel, Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX

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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 open 7.30-10am and 5-10.30pm.
  • Price per night:

    £20-£29 pp, 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:

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

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Cumbria Way Mountain Bike Coast to Coast
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021


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

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



March 16th 2021

Elterwater Hostel is reopening on 17th May and looking forward to welcoming new and returning guests

We will be opening, initially with reduced capacity, maintained social distancing and other, now usual, precautions. The self catering kitchen will remain closed, showers will be individually allocated and screens will be in use to separate diners. But WE WILL BE OPEN!

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Elterwater Hostel has “Good to Go” VisitBritain accreditiation.

July 12th 2020

It is a slightly different experience, with a maximum of 16 guests (compared with our full capacity of 38), private showers and no self-catering. But it should still be great fun, with cooked breakfast included and dinner available in accordance with new guidelines. And, most importantly, still a great opportunity for rest and escape, with access to the wonderful Great Langdale valley and all that the Lake District has to offer.

Read Elterwater Hostels latest blog all about  Coronavirus and the Future of Hosteling 

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Reflections on our stay at Elterwater Hostel

March 25th 2020

The hostelling 50+ group travelled up to the Lake District and stayed 2 nights at Elterwater Hostel in the Langdale Valley. Here are our reflections: what we thought and what we did.

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