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

Call Sue Edwards on 07747 174293

Hostel on the Cumbria Way near Skiddaw and Keswick

Skiddaw 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.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    20 : 1x8, 2x5, 1x2
  • Open:

    Open from April 2022. Check in from 5pm; please contact the hostel if you would prefer to arrive a little earlier.
  • Price per night:

    Hire the whole hostel for small groups from £450 per night
  • 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 Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Cumbria Way
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cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
hSome areas heated
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
yYHA Affiliated
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Skiddaw House Hostel

Skiddaw House diversifies the ways it is eco-concious

June 6th 2022

Skiddaw House is an off-grid game keeper’s lodge situated one and half thousand feet up, on the side of Skiddaw Mountain in the Lake District. Sue, the manager, is passionate about running Skiddaw House in an environmentally sympathetic way

Water and Electricity

Given its location, this is not just for ideological reasons but also necessity! Skiddaw House is completely off-grid with no mains electricity, gas or water supplies. Drinking water comes from a nearby spring and electricity is almost entirely generated by solar panels  (only on the darkest days in winter is the generator fired up). Hot showers are available any time, using water initially heated by solar thermal panels to reduce the use of bottled gas.

Waste and Chemicals

The surrounding area is home to rare species of mountain and moorland wildlife, Sue is especially conscious of the hostel’s impact on the surrounding environment. The hostel has a private septic tank and only uses Ecover cleaning products. The amount of waste is minimised as guests are encouraged to recycle and compost as much as possible. This is necessary as there is only one journey a week to the rubbish collection point.

Heating and Insulation

The building is heated by wood burning stoves, using wood sourced from the hostel’s own managed woodland. Yearly tree-planting ensures a sustainable supply for future wardens. Sheep’s wool insulation throughout keeps the hostel cosy.  Given its location the hostel provides a surprising level of comfort. The bedrooms are carpeted to insulate the room further.

Skiddaw in the clouds

New Warden at Skiddaw House

December 3rd 2021

After 6 years of successfully running Skiddaw House, Suzy and Martin have passed the reins onto a new Warden. The new Warden is Sue Edwards who has worked in hostels for over 11 years, 10 of which have been in hostels in the Lake District. Sue likes nothing better than getting a rucksack on, with tasty snacks inside, and heading out on the glorious Lake District fells with her dog Jura.

I’m really excited to be running Skiddaw House and welcoming you into one of the most remote and traditional hostels in England.  
Providing a space for people to stop and be present in, without the need for phones or wifi, because the company of a stranger or enjoying the scenery or reading a book is enough, is a privilege to be part of.
I hope to meet you in Skiddaw soon !


sue edwards warden at Skiddaw House

The highest hostel in Britain is right on the Cumbria Way.

February 19th 2020

Accessed only on foot it’s a truely magical place to stay. No roads, no other buildings, no phone signal, just uninterrupted beautiful mountain views.

But there’s no need to compromise on comfort, with wood burning stoves, hot showers, a well-stocked bar, a small shop and full bedding provided. It’s an ideal place to stop between Rosthwaite (Borrowdale) and Caldbeck. Alternatively stop here after Keswick for a shorter day or to give you time for a detour to the summit of Skiddaw.  This is a hostel not to be missed!

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Latest Blog about Skiddaw House Hostel

Skiddaw House – Music on the Mountain

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.

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