Skiddaw House Hostel, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX
Call Martin or Suzy on 07747 174293
OverviewSkiddaw 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.
Rooms & Beds:22 : 1 x 8, 2 x 5, 1 x 4
Open:March-Oct. Winter groups only. Check in from 5pm, check out by 10am.
Price per night:Dorm from £20 (adult), £13 (U18). Private rooms from £50. Camping from £10. £3 discount for YHA members. Cards not accepted.
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:Local Walks Long Distance Walks
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 Hostels with Camping map and the present or past youth hostel page.
Ends of the season at Skiddaw House Hostel
November 15th 2018
As the days shorten and the first appearance of snow on the tops suggests the beginning of winter, we come to the end of another hostel ‘season’ at Skiddaw House. We’ve really enjoyed our third year here. After a cold start, the unusually hot spring and summer meant many days of wild swimming and many evenings spent enjoying the late sunshine outside the hostel. We re-open for groups and individuals on March 15th 2019. Until then, we are open to exclusive hire groups only, and are fully booked for this winter.
Come and stay in a mountainside hostel, and become part of its growing history!
August 7th 2018
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.
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Spend New Years Eve with friends in a cosy game keepers house on the mountain
July 28th 2018
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. 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 was built as a Games Keeper lodge on the shoulder of Skiddaw Mountain around 1860. The last residents moved out in 1970 and Skiddaw House began to decline. In 1986 it was leased by John Bothamley who created a full operating simple hostel and handed it over to the YHA. The YHA operated Skidddaw House hostel but by 2006 the House was again empty again. Martin Webster (the YHA warden from 1992 to 2000) started an initiative to reopened Skiddaw House and in April 2007 it opened as an independent hostel, affiliated to the YHA. The old “Friends of Skiddaw House” group was reformed and incorporated early in 2007 as the 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.
July 21st 2018
Book by 26th July for 25% off accommodation at our remote mountain hostel View offer
June 27th 2018
Do something different this Autumn and come to a live musuc gig at Skiddaw House. View offer
June 8th 2018
Unplugged, informal and atmospheric music gigs in a remote mountain setting. View details
June 30th 2017
Join the walk up to the hostel, Blencathra Centre carpark 11:30am Sunday 1st July View details
March 16th 2017
Put a visit to the UK's highest hostel on your list of things to do this year View details