Elterwater Hostel, Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX

Call Nick Owen on 01539 437245

Friendly hostel accommodation in the Langdale Valley

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 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
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater hostel is a Gold Green Tourism Eco Hostel

June 17th 2022

Elterwater is one of the Lake District’s gems, A cluster of houses, an Independent Hostel and a pub in the Langdale Valley. The hostel provides a warm welcome for individuals and groups.

Elterwater  Hostel has just achieved the Gold Green Tourism Award for their eco hostel self catering accommodation.  They have worked on improving sustainability steadily since buying the hostel off the YHA as a Bronze GTBS graded hostel. The goal is to operate in a low-key way and facilitate green living for guests.  New this year they are encouraging guests to make a donation towards the Fix the Fells project and Lakes Red Squirrels.

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.

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Every journey to Carbon Zero starts with a single step

May 11th 2022

But at Elterwater Hostel they have come on in leaps and bounds towards their Carbon Zero destination.

Over Winter, Christine and Nick have been working hard to rejuvinate their hostel with the goal of reaching Carbon Zero, making the hostel comfier and improving guest experience.

They have revamped their self-catering kitchen with brand new work surfaces, sinks, shelves and an extra fridge. They’ve replaced sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and sofas and added thermal lined curtains. Instead of throwing away the old chairs they have donated them to local allotment holders so they can sit and admire their growing veggies. They also donated some chairs to a local ice cream stall so people can  sit and enjoy their ice creams.

New sofas and thermal curtains are pride of place in Elterwater Hostel

To read the full story of their endeavors to update make Elterwater Hostel more environmentally friendly, click here. 


Elterwater Hostel kitchen has been revamped

Stunning base for Lake District adventures

March 16th 2022

Located in the iconic Langdale valley, just 4.5 miles from Ambleside, staffed by passionate and welcoming people its no wonder the Elterwater Hostel won bronze in ‘ Great Outdoors Magazine Readers’ Awards Best Hostel or Bunkhouse 2021′ and was shortlisted in 2019.

The hostel is a perfect base for those seeking adventure on the fells of the Lake District or those looking for a quiet escape surrounded by beautiful scenery. With several cafes and pubs, including the Britannia Inn which is one of the country’s oldest, there are many places to unwind after a long day on the hillside . You don’t have far to go to reach them with the hills and trails perfect for walkers and cyclists alike right outside the front door as well as winding roads for those cyclists who prefer to avoid getting to muddy.

The Elterwater Hostel is extremely proud of its Bottom Bunk Club which caters to those who aren’t as keen to participate in the race to the ladders on the bunkbeds. You can learn more about the club on their fantastic website.

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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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