Scarfell Pike and The Great Gable are well renowned mountains of The Lake District but they’re not the only fells to conquer. Far from it, in fact wherever you are in the Lakes you’ll not be far from a mountain… or one of our lovely hostels. What better way to reward the day’s climb than with a hot shower, some great like-minded company and a warm comfortable bed?
Hostels and bunkhouses in the mountains of the Lake District
Low Bridge End Farm, St John's-in-the-Vale, Keswick, CA12 4TS
Our Camping Barn is superbly located, set in Low Bridge End Farm which is situated in the heart of the English Lake District.
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Routen Farm Cot, Ennerdale, CA23 3AU
Nestled in the peace of the Ennerdale Valley, overlooking Ennerdale Water.
The Wild Wool Barn provides luxury bunkhouse accommodation for 6 (plus 6 camping). Traditional wood-burning stove, electric heating, cooker and shower marry tradition with luxury. With no mobile signal or WiFi The Wild Wool Barn is a true chance to get away and explore the rarely visited Western Lakes. Perfect for camping at Ennerdale Bridge
Stybeck Farm, Thirlmere, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4TN
Situated in Thirlmere at the foot of the Helvellyn mountains, close to Sticks Pass & the spectacular Fisher-Gill waterfall, the barn has direct access to numerous walks, hill & rock climbing. It is just off the A591 with local & national bus stops at the end of the lane. Accommodation consists of two rooms; a kitchen/diner with all the basic equipment & a 10 bed bunkroom (BYO sleeping bag). A pub serving meals is a short walk away. Perfect for quiet country retreats, but not suitable for noisy groups. No mobile phone signal or WiFi.
118-120 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Kendal Hostel, a Georgian townhouse, is your perfect base for exploring the Lake District. It is on LEJOG and the Dales Way and is only a stone’s throw from Kendal town centre.
Facilities include: secure bike storage, drying room, self-catering facilities, large comfy lounge area complete with log burner, pool table and free WiFi. Individuals, small parties and groups of up to 40 are welcome with exclusive use.
Blakebeck, Mungrisdale, Penrith, CA11 0SZ
At the foot of Souther Fell, within easy reach of Blencathra, Blakebeck Farm is set amidst the wildflower meadows of Mungrisdale. On the C2C cycle route & the Cumbrian Way. Perfect as a weekend break for walkers. The large upstairs room has bunk beds for 8 people (BYO sleeping bags) & a large farmhouse table. The kitchen has all you need to cook a simple meal and cooked breakfasts are available on request. One dog by prior arrangement. Not suitable for parties. No children under 11 years.
Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5XJ
High House in Seathwaite, at the head of the beautiful valley of Borrowdale, offers comfortable bunkhouse/hostel accommodation. Popular with walking/ climbing clubs and educational groups, early booking is advised. Two dorms are available each with toilet, washbasin and shower. There is a third dorm reserved for K Fellfarers members and club members may use this room during your stay. If you wish to have exclusive use, including this Members Room, there’s a £25 supplement per night.
Beck Head Farm, Witherslack, Grange Over Sands. Cumbria, LA11 6SH
Between Grange Over Sands and Kendal on the northern shore of Morecambe Bay, within the beautiful Whitbarrow Nature Reserve in the southern Lake District. Built for cyclists and walkers with drying room, laundry, kitchen, diner, lounges, cycle storage, workshop and bike wash. Perfect for groups, families and individuals. Just 500m from the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way, the Lakes & Dales Loop and NCN 700 & 70. E-bike hire is available on site.
Kentmere, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9JP
You’ll find Maggs Howe Camping Barn In the quiet, unspoilt valley of Kentmere. It’s a ramblers’ paradise with woods, fields, lanes, a scattering of traditional farms & the fells covered with Wainwright walks.
There is plenty to do including biking, riding & fishing, as well as quiet enjoyment. Maggs Howe provides B&B in 3 farmhouse rooms and a camping barn (BYO sleeping bag). Breakfast (£8) and suppers (from £14) are available with notice. Dogs need prior permission.
Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UR
Stay in a gorgous Lakeside mansion two miles south of Keswick on the Sea to Sea cycle route
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School Road, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, CA12 4QJ
Fantasy mountain wilderness surrounds Skiddaw Village, which you can explore with your dog straight from the door of Bassenthwaite Parish Room, and treat yourself to a well earned trip to a local pub.
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Lowside Farm, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0SX
Nestling at the foot of Blencathra, with paths to the mountains from the doorstep Lowside Farm Camping Barn & Pods are your perfect Lake District base.
Sleeping groups of up to 14, the newly converted camping barn is modern & comfortable, The six, 4 berth luxury camping pods, provide extra accommodation for larger groups, older family members and those with small chilldren. All bedding is provided.
Caldbeck, Lake District, Cumbria, CA7 8EA
Caldbeck Glamping accommodation is in the centre of Caldbeck Village close to Wainwright’s Northern Fells. Opposite The Odd Fellows pub and close to the village store. The self contained barns sleep 8 and 6. Three people can sleep in the Bothy and there is space for a small tent or two. Caldbeck is a 25 minute drive from M6 and right on The Cumbria Way and The Reivers Cycle route. Sit back and enjoy everything this hidden Lake District village has to offer.
Fern Bank, Reagill, Cumbria. CA10 3ER
Reagill Village Hall offers simple budget accommodation to C2C walkers, cyclists, families & outdoor enthusiasts. Situated in a tiny hamlet of just 20 houses, there are no street lights, little traffic and wonderful dark skies for star gazing. There are plenty of lovely walks from the doorstep, while Shap is 3 miles away, Appleby 10 miles and Penrith 12 miles. Facilities include a kitchen with a new cooker, fridge & microwave, 2 new multi stove heaters and a new power shower. Blow up mattresses are provided (1 dbl, 2 twin, 2 kid’s). BYO bedding.
Almond Lodge Helvellyn, Greenside Road, Glenridding. CA11 0QR
If you love mountains, fresh air, freedom and visiting the Lake District, you'll love Almond Lodge. This latest hostel to join the Independent Hostel network is not to be missed. Having undergone major refurbishments, it offers quality, comfortable 'grown up' hostel accommodation to groups of up to 28. Gather your friends, savour the breath-taking views, enjoy days spent out on the mountains and return to relax in the wonderful ambiance of this 5 star hostel.
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New Ing Lodge, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3LX
11-bedroom, 11-bathroom B&B & hostel offers comfortable, friendly, accommodation with delicious food. Shap is in the Eden Valley, just off the M6, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The Howgills & the Pennine Fells are close by. On Wainwright's Coast to Coast, the Westmorland Way & the Miller's Way it's perfect for large groups or individuals.
Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX
The highest hostel in Britain! Escape the crowds at this remote mountain hostel. Hire the whole place for a small group of friends or family. No roads, no other buildings, no phone signal: just uninterrupted beautiful mountain views. An easy walk or mountain bike ride from Keswick or Threlkeld. Rustic but comfortable with a wood burning stove, hot showers, a well-stocked shop/bar and full bedding provided.
Blease Road, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria. CA12 4SG
Beautifully situated 300m up on the south facing slopes of Blencathra just 1 mile out of the Lakeland village of Threlkeld, Lonscale is a new hostel offering group accommodation at the FSC Blencathra Centre. Groups of 14-26 can have sole use of this award winning eco-friendly accommodation in the heart of the Lake District.
There are also 4 self catering cottages and a 110 bed educational centre on this site.
Great Langdale Bunkhouse, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JU
The Great Langdale Bunkhouse is also dog friendly so your four legged friend can be with you every step of the way!
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High Wallabarrow, Ulpha, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA20 6EA
High Wallabarrow is a traditional hill farm in the Duddon Valley, the Lake District’s quiet corner. The well equipped camping barn, an old farmhouse, sleeps 10 upstairs. Downstairs there’s a large living area with woodburning stove and fully equipped kitchen. Mattresses provided BYO sleeping bags/pillows. Toilet just outside and shower nearby. 15 mins’ walk to pub, 10 mins to climbing crag. Not suitable for rowdy groups.
Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4JW
Denton House is a purpose built hostel in the lake District offering bunkhouse accommodation. Warm and well equipped for self-catering, the centre was designed for groups with parking for 40 cars. There is equipment storage and access to the River Greta across the road.
Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX
In the Ennerdale Valley, one of the most beautiful, least spoilt and quietest in the Lake District, Low GIllerthwaite Field Centre sits at the foot of Pillar and Red Pike. Well equipped for groups it is the perfect base for fell walking, rock climbing, bird & wildlife watching, mountain biking, orienteering & canoeing. The centre generates its own hydro-electricity. Vehicle access is by forest track and a BT payphone is on site as most mobiles do not work here.
Rydal Lodge Country House B&B, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9LR
A bijou 2 person bunkroom in the majestic setting of Rydal Country House B&B in the heart of the Lake District. Beautifully appointed, there’s a small kitchenette with microwave, toaster, fridge & kettle, one set of bunks, a dining table & a small en suite shower room. Linen & towels are provided, but beds are not made up. Guests are invited to use the bar & lounges in the main house & enjoy the extensive riverside grounds. Superb walking & spectacular mountain scenery. Dogs welcome.
Rookhow, Rusland, nr Grizedale, Ulverston, South Lakeland, Cumbria LA12 8LA
A great base for adventure and a peaceful haven to return to.
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Grange, Keswick, CA12 5XA
Bowderstone Bunkhouse is situated along the Borrowdale Valley by the famous Bowderstone – a massive boulder that has lain precariously on one side for the last 10,000 years! It has a kitchen, accessible shower room and communal area, plus running water, electricity and drainage, but linen and mattresses not provided. Please note, Bowderstone Bunkhouse is only for use by clubs, educational groups or other organisations such as the Scouts, as it is on National Trust land and has certain restrictions to its use.
Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE
Hawse End Centre in the Lake District sits at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley on the shores of Derwentwater. Guests enjoy easy access to Keswick and the mountains beyond via launch or lakeside walk.
The house is a large, comfortable, country mansion ideal for large groups, while the Cottage is more suited to smaller groups or large families.
Outdoor activities can be arranged.
The White Horse Inn, Scales, Nr Threlkeld, Keswick, CA12 4SY
The White Horse Inn and Bunkhouse is a quintessential Country Pub with great pub food, open fires, local ales and a warm welcome.
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Lowick Green, Ulverston, LA12 8EB
Within the old primary school at Lowick Green, nestled between Coniston water (4 miles) and Ulverston, the bunkhouse has a lounge with wood-burning stove, large kitchen/dining room, great views of the mountains and an outdoor area with campfire. River Deep Mountain High Activity Centre provides a wide variety of outdoor activities. Some group and family packages include activities in the price.
1, High Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AF
Lakes Hostel is your perfect base for the Lake District. Newly refurbished with 5 colourful, cosy and clean bedrooms that can cater for individuals, groups, couples and families. Fully fitted kitchen, open plan lounge social space, free super fast WiFi, large TV and workspace for laptops. Located in Windermere village close to all the cafes, restaurants, bus/train stations, boat trips, pubs & shops.
Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX
Located in the peaceful village of Elterwater, in the Langdale valley, 15 mins’ drive from Ambleside. The area has many walks for people of all abilities, from gentle riverside meanders to the challenge presented by the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Scafell. Pubs, shops and other amenities are nearby. The area is popular for both on and off-road cycling, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. An ideal overnight stop on the Cumbria Way.