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.

This accommodation is available to individuals, is an 'Eco Hostel' and is affiliated with the YHA.

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Escape the crowds this August

Escape the crowds this August

Private rooms and dorm beds available this August bank holiday weekend

Want to escape the crowds this summer? Skiddaw House is perfect! No roads, no other buildings for 3.5 miles, no wifi and hardly any tourists! Just five miles from Keswick but somewhat undiscovered, the beautiful fells north of Skiddaw don’t receive half as many walkers as they should. Spend the day walking over the purple heather-clad hills and the evening by one of our wood-burning stoves, perhaps with a good book and your tipple of choice from the Skiddaw House bar.

Due to a cancellation, there are several private rooms, family rooms and dorm beds available for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Book a room or a bed through the YHA:


Skiddaw House celebrates 30 years as a mountain-side hostel

Skiddaw House celebrates 30 years as a mountain-side hostel

Join the walk up to the hostel, Blencathra Centre carpark 11:30am Sunday 1st July

Join Friends of Skiddaw House to celebrating 30 years since Skiddaw House first opened its doors as a hostel. There will be a led walk to Skiddaw House from Threlkeld (meet outside the Blencathra centre at 11:30) or make your own way up the mountain.  Join us for tea, cake, old photos and stories in celebration of 30 years since Skiddaw House opened as a hostel. A few speakers will give a short talk or read a poem. The hostel will be open between 1 – 3pm. 

Skiddaw House was built as a Games Keeper lodge and Shepherds Cottage around 1860. In 1970 the last residents moved out and Skiddaw House began to decline until 1986 when it was leased by John Bothamley.  After much effort and expense John Bothamley handed the lease of a full operating simple hostel over to YHA.   The YHA  continued to operated Skidddaw House hostel until problems with the lease in 2002.   By 2006 the House was again empty and worn but, under an initiative started by Martin Webster (the YHA warden from 1992 to 2000) the House was reopened in April 2007 as an independent hostel, affiliated to the YHA.  The old YHA “Friends of Skiddaw House” group was reformed and incorporated early in 2007 as Skiddaw House Foundation, a Registered Charity, with the declared aim of maintaining the House as a hostel in the long term whilst retaining the principles of the YHA.  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, as well as several pubs and cafes within walking distance. 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

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:


Contact Skiddaw House:

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