Rookhow Bunkbarn, Rookhow, Rusland, nr Grizedale, Ulverston, South Lakeland, Cumbria LA12 8LA

Call Sue Nicholls on 07557 919879


Off the beaten track, Roohow is a hidden gem, situated in the Rusland Valley, close to the heart of the Lake District. This small beautiful self-catering accommodation has its own glorious 12 acres of woods where you can have a bonfire or explore the woodland walks. Close to Coniston and Windermere and on the edge of the Grizedale Forest Park with its trails and sculptures, Rookhow is the perfect base for walking, orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing and all outdoor activities as well as quiet retreat, relaxation, study and artistic pursuits. Converted from the stables of the historic 300 year old Quaker Meeting House next door which is available for training events, workshops and as an extra sleeping area (BYO mats and bedding). There are three sleeping areas in the bunkbarn (Sleeping bags are needed, duvets to hire on request), a kitchen/dining area, a cosy wood stove and picnic tables outside. Groups requiring extra meeting/sleeping space can hire the the Meeting House for an additional £50 per night. Plenty of private parking. Pub with food 2/3 miles. Nearest supermarket 20mins. Electric heating and wood burner in the lounge/kitchen included. Current groups include yoga and mindfulness retreats, mountain bikers and Forest Schools training. Many of our guests return year after year. It's also a special place for extended family celebrations and meet-ups of friends.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    6-16 beds in the bunkbarn plus camping and a yurt in the woods
  • Open:

    Open: from 17th May (2 households/ 6 people), 19th July (hopefully fully open)
  • Price per night:

    Sole use: £300 per night (min 2 nights)/ £1,800 per week (Friday-Friday). Weeklong only bookings in Summer holidays. Extra space in the Quaker Meeting House: £50 extra per night. Please bring own sleeping bags & towels. Duvets to hire on request.
  • Booking:

    Please book online.
  • Directions:

    Post code - LA12 8LA. Grid Ref - SD 332 895. From M6: Follow A590, signs for Barrow. Leave A590 at Greenodd (A5092) junction and follow sign for Workington for ½ mile. Take minor road to right signed Colton / Oxen Park. Continue (through Oxen Park) for 2 miles. Rookhow is on the left (big white building).
  • Public Transport:

    Trains at Grange-over-Sands, Cark and Ulverston. (11 miles, approx £25 by taxi).
  • Walks:

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

Available February Half Term 2022


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Rookhow Bunkbarn

Lake District early September 4 night mid-week cancellation

July 20th 2021

4 nights (Monday 6th- Friday 10th). £1,200

16 bed bunkbarn, yurt, campfire, 12 acres woodland all to yourselves in a quiet, stunning part of the Lake District

Late Availability

A lovely new sign for the lovely people at Rookhow

June 15th 2021

A wonderful addition to a wonderful hostel. It’s shaping up to be a busy summer at Rookhow, and it’s easy to see why.

A personal quiet slice of the lakes for you to enjoy. With ample woodland space it’s perfect for summer evenings round a campfire, cooking up some bonfire snacks. With the family or just a group of friends, Rookhow is an ideal location to relax and unwind. To find out more check out their website.

people and independent hostels sign at Rookhow bunkbarn June 2021

Rookhow Bunkbarn, an excellent refuge for DofE wanderers

June 2nd 2021

After days of traipsing round the lake district, out in the elements its understandable to simply want a hot shower and cosy sleeping bag. Rookhow offers a place to get recoup before the next day of the expedition

Rookhow is ideal for D of E groups and has been used for preparation, planning and skill training before expeditions. With our own private 12 acres of woods it is also excellent for safe bivouac and camping practice while still having all our facillities safely on hand. A warm fire in the evening makes for a lovely way to unwind after the days trek… and prepare for the next.

Campfire at Rookhow
Rookhow Centre and quaker meeting house in south lakedistrict

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