Skiddaw House Hostel, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX
Hostel on the Cumbria Way near Skiddaw and KeswickSkiddaw House is a remote mountain hostel, accessible only on foot or by mountain bike. Make the most of the tranquil location by hiring the whole hostel with a small group of friends or family. At 1550 feet (470m), it is the highest hostel in Britain and is an ideal base for reaching the summit of Skiddaw or exploring the quiet Northern Fells. A former shooting lodge and shepherd's bothy on the Cumbria Way, the hostel offers simple yet comfortable accommodation. Solar panels provide hot water and lighting, whilst wood-burning stoves provide the only heating. There is no mains electricity, phone signal, internet or TV to distract from the beautiful surroundings. The hostel is self-catering, but our small licensed shop stocks everything you need to make a simple meal. The nearest road is 3.5 miles away. Guests are advised to bring a map and torch.
Beds & Rooms:20 : 1x8, 2x5, 1x2
Open:Open from April 2023. Check in from 5pm; please contact the hostel if you would prefer to arrive a little earlier.
Price per night:Enquire for individuals. Sole use from £500 per night. Min of 2 nights in winter. (YHA discounts apply).
Directions:Grid reference: NY 288 291. No access for cars, nearest road 3½ miles. Vehicles can be left at Fell car park by Blencathra Centre above Threlkeld, at Lattrigg car park (end of Gale Rd near Applethwaite) or at Whitewater Dash Falls south of Bassenthwaite.
- Nearest trains and National Express coaches at Penrith. From Penrith take X4 or X5 bus to Keswick. From Keswick it is a 5 mile walk to the hostel.
- Long Distance Walks Cumbria Way
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Sophie Morgan from Channel 4’s programme Living Wild visits “Englands Loneliest House”
March 7th 2023
Nestled in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Skiddaw House has been dubbed “England’s loneliest house.” It’s an enchanting, remote property that has recently garnered much media attention after being featured on Channel 4’s Living Wild program presented by Sophie Morgan.
The house sits at an altitude of 1,500ft on the northern slopes of Skiddaw, one of England’s highest mountains. The house has been standing for over 200 years and was originally used as a hunting lodge. Later, it became a shepherds’ bothy before being converted into a hostel in 1930. Today, it’s the highest hostel in Britain, and it offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience.
Skiddaw House is only accessible on foot, and the walk to get there is a challenge. The nearest road is 3.5 miles away. Despite the difficulty of the trek, visitors are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Once they arrive at Skiddaw House, they can enjoy a warm welcome from the warden, Sue, who runs the hostel.
Living Wild presenter Sophie Morgan visited Skiddaw House to experience what it’s like to live in such a remote location. During her stay, she explored the surrounding area and interviewed the warden to learn about the challenges of living in such an isolated spot.
The Living Wild program showcased the unique qualities that Skiddaw House has to offer. The house’s location, deep in the heart of the Lake District, provides visitors with the opportunity to disconnect from modern life and connect with nature. It’s an ideal location for hikers, nature lovers, and those seeking solitude.
The hostel can accommodate up to 20 guests and has basic amenities, including a communal kitchen and shared sleeping quarters. Solar panels provide hot water and lighting, whilst wood-burning stoves provide the only heating. There is no mains electricity, phone signal, internet or TV to distract from the beautiful surroundings. The hostel is self-catering, but has a small licensed shop that stocks everything you need to make a simple meal. Guests are advised to bring a map and torch.
In conclusion, Skiddaw House is a unique destination that provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience life in one of England’s most remote locations. Its location, history, and breathtaking surroundings make it a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. The recent Living Wild program presented by Sophie Morgan has helped to raise awareness of Skiddaw House, and it’s likely to become an even more popular destination in the coming years.
Spend New Years Eve with friends in a cosy game keeper’s house on the mountain
November 3rd 2022
Skiddaw House is available New Year’s eve for a group booking. It sleeps 21. Come and visit this historic mountain side hostel. Stay here for a real escape from it all; real log fires, real ales, no roads and no wifi! There are many interesting and crowd-free routes up Skiddaw, Blencathra, Great Calva and High Pike from the hostel. Skiddaw House is 3.5 miles from the nearest road but you don’t need to carry a heavy bag up here; there’s a shop selling everything you need to cook.
August 10th 2017
I had seen maps of Skiddaw Mountain showing the lonely Skiddaw House 1500m up on the mountainside miles from any road. I have admired photos of this old keepers house it its isolation but I was still unprepared for my first sighting of it.Read More