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 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.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    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:

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

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 and is on the map of accommodation for school groups, the Cumbria Way, the IHUK signage page and the Coast to Coast Mountain Bike route.


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

Sole Use Availability at Elterwater Hostel this January and February, including Half Term

December 5th 2018

Hire this large Lake District Cottage, providing perfect group accommodation in one of the Lake District’s true gems.

Elterwater Hostel (the old  YHA Elterwater) has availability for groups to book sole use this January and February.   This large Lake District Cottage has seld catering facilities,  38 beds, a communal dining area, drying room, free WiFi and adequate parking for coaches and cars in the village.  Catering can also be provided making Elterwater Hostel perfect for all groups.

Whether you’re a school trip, a team building/training holiday, friends and family reunion, or even celebrating a wedding, we aim to provide you with the best service possible. We even offer a risk assessed “bat walk” with bat detector, to extend the fun into the evening!

Elterwater is one of the Lake District’s true gems: a cluster of houses, an Independent Hostel and a pub lying in the Langdale Valley, just half a mile from Elterwater lake . As well as its quaintness, the village is ideally placed for exploring some of the Central Lakes’ most appealing fells. From here, you can head off to Stickle Tarn and the wonderful Langdale Pikes with views over the Langdale Valley.

Elterwater Independent Hostel

Great advice to guests from Elterwater Hostel

September 6th 2018

Read more to find out why you should always book direct at an Independent Hostel

Elterwater Hostel explains why it is always best to book direct in their most recent blog.  The blog is a great read and explains all the reasons why you should avoid booking.com, hostelworld and the other large booking sites, when arranging your accommodation.

Read Book Direct Blog here.

This iconic Lake District Hostel provides a warm welcome in the Langdales in the great tradition of the old YHA.  Now an Independent Hostel, run by a friendly team with some excellent cooks, it is easy to spot in it’s Independent Hostel signage.  On the it’s blog  Elterwater Hostel makes the very useful point that if you need to compare accommodation and still want to book direct you can do this on the Independent Hostels website where  “booking buttons link direct to the hostels’ own booking systems”

For many people the Lakes is about lakes and mountains, but has so much more. It has World Heritage statuses  bestowed for its cultural and industrial heritage.  Book a stay at Elterwater Hostel now and take time to wander around, admiring the lakes and mountains, and look out for some amazing man-made objects too.

Elterwater Hostel Reception

Book Direct at Elterwater Hostel to experience the heart of the Lake District

September 2nd 2018

Visitors to this iconic national park will be immersed in the landscape

Book Direct at Elterwater Hostel in the very heart of the Lake District National Park.  Experience the stunning landscape and quiet isolation of the Lake District but also be within easy access of attractions such as Ambleside, Lake Windemere and the Beatrix Potter’s cottage near Hawkshead.


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