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

Call Warden on 07557 919879.


Situated in the Rusland Valley, close to the heart of the Lake District, this small beautiful hostel has its own glorious 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 nearby historic Quaker meeting house (available for conferences, seminars and group activities). There are three sleeping areas, kitchen/dining area, cosy wood stove and picnic tables outside. Groups requiring extra meeting space can hire the the Meeting House for £50 a day on Mondays to Thursdays (£100 per day if hired without the bunkbarn). Plenty of private parking. Inn with food 2/3 miles. Supermarkets 15 mins or will deliver. Electric heating and wood burner in the lounge/kitchen included. This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    16: in 3 rooms. Camping also available.
  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    £250 (minimum 2 nights). £50 for extra meeting room. Camping: £10 adult, £5 child.
  • 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 4½ miles. Rookhow is on the left.
  • Public Transport:

    Trains at Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston. (11 miles, approx £25 by taxi). A seasonal bus service sometimes operates - check with the warden.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available only to groups, is an 'Eco Hostel', has a pub within walking distance and is on the Hostels with Camping map and the walking festivals page.


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


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News & Offers from Rookhow Centre

Fancy some walks in the Lakes this bank holiday weekend ?

May 2nd 2019

Why not join Ulverston Walk Fest. With three or more walks to choose from each day and accommodation at the Quakers Rookhow Centre, whats to keep you away.

Just 8 miles from the Rookhow centre, Ulverston, once part of Lancashire is now in the County of Cumbria, is located close to the sea in Morecambe Bay and the Lake District mountains popular with walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts.  Known as the Festival Town, there are many major events throughout the year and Ulverston WalkFest is one of them.  Ulverston has plenty of pubs offering real ales and entertainment and is bursting with things to do and see.

Find out more about the events and walks at Ulverston Walking festival here.

Ulverston WalkFest with accommodation at the Rookhow Centre

Rookhow Centre

August 24th 2018

Rookhow Centre is situated in the secluded Rusland Valley between lakes Windermere and Coniston, within walking distance of Grizedale Forest, and with the Lakeland fells and lake shores just a few minutes away.

Enjoy the large choice of attractions :

Local attractions include Hay Bridge Nature Reserve; Brantwood on Coniston; Windermere Lake Steamers; Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and much more !

There are two inns, usually serving food, within 2 miles: The Eagle’s Head at Satterthwaite and The Manor House at Oxen Park.

And that’s not all !

To see all information , go on the website !

Rookhow Centre - Cumbria

Rookhow and Grizedale Forest, in the heart of The Lakes

August 5th 2017

A great base for adventure and a peaceful haven to return to.

The Rookhow Centre bunkhouse (Lake DIstrict) is a little rustic gem. Its tacked on to the side of a 1725 Quaker meeting house which looks exactly as you’d hope it would. White washed stone walls and tiny windows all set within a glorious forest.  The hostel is in the converted stables and has the usual dorm-style bunk rooms and shared facilities. But what about that woodland? It’s magical! Rookhow has 12 acres of mature mixed woodland with an orienteering course, bonfire site, and a Yurt hidden away.

Situated in the Rusland Valley, close to Grizedale Forest Park (home of the sculpture park) and halfway between Coniston and Windermere, you couldn’t ask for a more ideal Lake District location. With orienteering, walking, climbing and mountain biking straight from the door, it’s a great base for adventure and a peaceful haven to return to. The centre is hidden away within walking distance of Grizedale Forest, and with the Lakeland fells and lake shores just a few drive minutes away.


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