Skiddaw House Hostel, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX
Call Martin or Suzy on 07747 174293
OverviewSkiddaw House is a remote, mountain hostel, accessible only on foot or by mountain bike. At 1550 feet (470m), it is the highest hostel in Britain and is an ideal base for 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 tranquil 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. Walkers and cyclists are advised to bring a map and torch. Camping available with use of hostel facilities.
Beds & Rooms:22 : 1 x 8, 2 x 5, 1 x 4
Open:March-Nov. Groups only between Nov-March. Check in from 5pm.
Price per night:Dorm bed from £20. Private rooms from £50. Camping from £10. Hire the whole hostel from £300.
Booking:Book online. Contact the hostel for groups larger than six people.
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.
Public Transport: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.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals and is an 'Eco Hostel'. It is on the IHUK signage page, the Cumbria Way, the ideal for retreats page, the present or past youth hostel page and the Hostels with Camping map.
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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
Daredevils needed at Skiddaw
January 15th 2020
The highest hostel in the UK happens to be located right by some great mountain biking spots. With Lockable bike storage its obvious that this is the hostel for any adventurers on two wheels.
Skiddaw House is a great stopping point for mountain bikers, being located at a junction of several bridleways linking Keswick, Threlkeld, Bassenthwaite and Hesket Newmarket. We have a shed to lock your bike in and a box of bike tools and spares for guests to use. Here’s a fantastic mountain biking loop which comes stright past the door (Back o Skiddaw).
1550ft Sessions – Acoustic gigs at Skiddaw House
May 1st 2019
The 1550ft sessions are a great opportunity to see some fantastic music half way up a mountain. All musicians and guests walk up for the gig and stay at the hostel. Not your average Friday night out!
We’re excited to announce three gig dates we’ve got lined up this autumn:
Anne-Marie Sanderson, Friday 7th September
A ‘soaring, gliding and swooping’ voice, deft guitar work and lyrics inspired by the natural environment and the work of authors including Robert Macfarlane and Sarah Hall; Anne-Marie’s music sounds perfect for unwinding to at Skiddaw House.
Paper Cranes, Friday 13th September
The well-loved Walney Island trio return for their 4th 1550ft session. Post-gig jamming may go on late into the night; you have been warned!
mylittlebrother, Friday 27th September
Also back by popular demand, mylittlebrother’s indie pop songs have a light-hearted style but brilliantly quirky lyrics!
Music on the mountain at Skiddaw House, find out more here.
Skiddaw House, the highest hostel in England
April 5th 2019
We are back open after winter so come and stay soon!
Come and visit this historic hostel on the shoulder of Skiddaw Mountain.
Stay 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.
Skiddaw House was built as a Games Keeper lodge around 1860. The last residents moved out in 1970 and Skiddaw House began to decline. In 1986 it was leased by John Bothamley who created a full operating simple hostel and handed it over to the YHA. The YHA operated Skidddaw House hostel but by 2006 the House was again empty again. Martin Webster (the YHA warden from 1992 to 2000) started an initiative to reopened Skiddaw House and in April 2007 it opened as an independent hostel, affiliated to the YHA.
The old “Friends of Skiddaw House” group was reformed and incorporated early in 2007 as the Skiddaw House Foundation, a Registered Charity, with the declared aim of maintaining Skiddaw House as a hostel in the long term whilst retaining the principles of the YHA.