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

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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 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.

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


  • 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 Walkers AssociationLong 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 Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the IHUK signage page, the Cumbria Way, the ideal for retreats page, the Hostels with Camping map and the present or past youth hostel page.


bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
hSome areas heated
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
4VisitEngland Quality Assured
yYHA Affiliated


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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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News & Offers from Skiddaw House Hostel

Skiddaw House is now taking bookings for dates from July 24th for single household groups.

June 7th 2020

This is a unique opportunity to have this unqiue isolated hostel to yourselves at a discounted rate. We are hoping to reopen for ‘exclusive hire’ between July 24th and September 28th. This is for groups of up to 6, who live together. We will ensure a gap of 72 hours between groups.

We are taking provisional reservations, but the booking going ahead will be dependent on government guidelines and local authority advice. We will only do this if it seems appropriate regarding the COVID-19 situation in Cumbria, but we really hope to see at least a few guests this summer!

We are hoping to reopen for ‘exclusive hire’ in the following format:

  • For groups of up to six people, who must live together.
  • Weekends only, two night minimum stay.
  • Availability between July 24th – September 28th 2020.
  • There will be a gap of 72 hours between groups.

We are taking provisional reservations now, but  the booking will only be able to go ahead if government guidelines and local authority advice allow it.

To find out more please email using the contact form.

Find other accommodation re-opening here.

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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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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).

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