Skiddaw House Hostel, 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.
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22 : 1 x 8, 2 x 5, 1 x 4
March-Oct. Winter: Group only. Check in from 5pm, check out by 10am.
Dorm: from £20 (adult), £13 (U18). Private rooms from £50. Camping from £10. £3 discount for YHA members. Cards not accepted.
Book online. Contact the hostel for groups larger than six people.
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.
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 near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, is an 'Eco Hostel' and 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.