Independent youth hostel on the flanks of Skiddaw in the Lakes


Skiddaw House, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX

Skiddaw 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 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.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.
Skiddaw House | Independent youth hostel on the flanks of Skiddaw in the Lakes


or call Martin or Suzy on
07747 174293

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Rooms & Beds:

22 : 1 x 8, 2 x 5, 1 x 4


March to Oct. Group bookings only over winter. Check in from 5pm, check out by 10am.

Price per night:

From £18 (adult), £9.50 (under 18). YHA members £1.50 – £3 discount. Camping £8. Credit / debit cards not accepted.


Book on the YHA website or email/phone the hostel

Ask for:

Martin or Suzy


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.

News & Offers

Paper Cranes gig on the side of Skiddaw Mountain

Paper Cranes gig on the side of Skiddaw Mountain

May 26th 2017

Back by popular demand, Walney Island duo Paper Cranes will be treating guests at Skiddaw House us to another memorable musical evening on 26th May 2017.

Walk to this remote hostel on the side of Skiddaw Moutain. Tickets cost £26 per person including a dorm bed at the hostels or £22 for camping.   Book by emailing

Skiddaw House

Skiddaw House

Put a visit to the UK’s highest hostel on your list of things to do this year

Put a visit to the UK’s highest hostel, Skiddaw House, on your list of things to do this year. In July we’ll be celebrating the 30th year since this former grouse-shooting lodge opened as a hostel for the first time. Keep an eye on our on our website for upcoming special events, including acoustic gigs, a murder mystery weekend and a singing workshop. Join us for the 30th birthday celebration on Saturday 1st July, with a led walk from Threlkeld to the hostel.  Look out for upcoming events here.

You can hire the whole of Skiddaw House for a real winter escape.  January – March 2017.  22 beds, wood-burning stoves, shop and bar on site and plenty of hot water bottles!  Contact Suzy or Martin for details:


Challenges at Skiddaw House

Challenges at Skiddaw House

We are inviting walkers and runners to try our two challenges. The Cloven Stone Challenge and the Skiddaw Skyline Challenge.

We’ve been inspired by how many of our guests have been completing personal challenges during their stay; running or walking the Bob Graham route over a few days, running over the Wainwrights or the Cumbria Way, or devising their own hostel to hostel route around the Lakes.

So we have devised our own Challenges which can be taken at any time during the season.    Skiddaw Skyline Challenge   Participants can choose their own route and complete it at any time, but must start and finish at the hostel and reach the following summits; Great Calva, Blencathra, Blease Fell, Lonscale Fell, Little Man, Skiddaw and Bakestall. A sub 7 hour time will be rewarded with a free drink from the bar at Skiddaw House and the fastest times will be recorded on our leaders’ board. Incidentally, we have added Balvenie to our whisky selection.  Cloven Stone Challenge  A 2.6 mile dash from the hostel to the cloven stone and back; 500ft of ascent. Put in a good time for this challenge and appear on our leaders’ board. There will be a prize for the fastest male and female runner at the end of the season (October 31st).

Contact Skiddaw House:

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