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. Banks, 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


or call Nick Owen on
015394 37245

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Rooms & Beds:

38 : 6×2, 1×4, 1×4/5, 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:

£21pp, from £18 in low season. For exclusive hire please call.


Booking advisable all year round, via website or phone.

Ask for:

Nick Owen


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, the hostel is right.

Public Transport:

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

This accommodation is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee, is a Green Business Award Winner and is on the Coast to Coast Mountain Bike.

News & Offers

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.

C2C Mountain Bikers welcome

C2C Mountain Bikers welcome

Elterwater Hostel has bike cleaning and store available and a few spares available for emergencies!

The C2C Mountain Bike route is a fairly serious undertaking, involving travel over the high passes and ridges, so needs to be treated with respect! But what a trip!!

Elterwater Hostel is right on the route.  It has comfy beds, home cooked meals, a secure bike store, bike wash and a few bike spares.  There are a couple of good bike shops in Ambleside for bigger problems.

Contact Elterwater Hostel:

015394 37245MessageView website