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Find a Youth Hostel - Lake District

Why choose a Youth Hostel? Lake District Hostels offer clean, cheap accommodation in some of Cumbria's most scenic locations.

In addition to the stunning locations the properties vary hugely from Elegant Mansions to remote shepherds cottages, there are even hostels with Lake frontage!

Youth Hostels are available to everyone... walkers ... ramblers ... cyclists and families, some Lake District Youth Hostels also have family rooms available.

If you can't find what you are looking for here then you may be interested in one of these Independent Hostels in the Lakes. Camping Barns, Bunkhouses and Bothy's are really taking off in Cumbria. We have a huge selection for you to choose from here

Choose from these stunning Youth Hostels in Cumbria

ambleside youth hostel Ambleside - Waterhead Youth Hostel
Youth Hostel is set on the shore of Lake Windermere with outstanding views. I remember bumping into a friend who had just returned from this youth hostel, with his kids. He was totally in awe that the YHA could own such an outstanding property right on the shore of Lake Windermere itself.

Arnside YHA Arnside Youth Hostel
Arnside Youth Hostel is now run independently of the YHA and details can be found on our Independent Hostels in the Lake District and Cumbria.

black sail youth hostel Black Sail Youth Hostel
Isolated charm. Black Sail is situated on the 'coast to coast' walk and is something of a Youth Hostel legend. Having just re-opened (summer 2014) following £325,000 refurbishment this former bothy is 80 years old and only accessible by foot enabling walkers to take advantage of the Lake District beauty without the crowds. Meals are available, there is also a self-catering kitchen.

Buttermere YHS Buttermere Youth Hostel
Set in a quiet, idyllic corner of the Cumbria. Walks right from the door. Refurbished restaurant serves great along with local ales and organic wines.

Carlisle Youth Hostel Carlisle Youth Hostel
City centre location - only available July/Aug/early Sept each year.

Cockermouth Youth Hostel Cockermouth Youth Hostel
17th century watermill ideal for exploring the quieter western Lakes. Self catering only but lots of good nearby pubs.

Coniston Hostel Coniston Coppermines Youth Hostel
A walkers paradise. Set 1.5 miles up an un-surfaced road from the village of Coniston
Ideal to walk straight from the door and explore the Coniston Fells. There are lots of disused copper mines in this area so please keep an eye on children and pets to avoid any mishaps.

Coniston YHA Coniston Holly How Youth Hostel
I'm not sure if this is still the case, but this Coniston Youth Hostel used to make a very scrummy date slice! It has a great location being just a few minutes walk from the centre of the village but also on the route that leads up to the Coniston fells and copper mines and from there to Coniston Old Man.

Ennerdale Youth Hostel Ennerdale Youth Hostel
Recently refurbished. Remote location in beautiful wooded valley. Ideal for low-level walks and cycle routes, away from the crowds.

Eskdale YHA Eskdale Youth Hostel
Brightly furnished child friendly hostel situated in this quiet idyllic corner of the English Lakes.

Grasmere Butharlyp Howe YHA Grasmere - Butharlyp Howe Youth Hostel
Located on the edge of Grasmere village
Victorian Mansion - Stunning Views - Silver How restaurant - using local food, organic food where possible. Local ales, organic wines, Fairtrade tea and coffee Vegetarian and special diet menus - but please notify before hand.

Hawkshead Youth Hostel Hawkshead Youth Hostel
Elegant 'listed' Regency mansion, overlooking Esthwaite water, beautiful grounds. Some rooms have 24 access. This hostel is just one mile outside of Hawkshead village and is a great location for the Lake District mountain bike challenges.

Helvellyn YHA Helvellyn Youth Hostel
Just outside Glenridding village (.75 miles). Isolated 900ft above sea level.
You couldn't be better placed for walks up Helvellyn.

YHA Lake District Honister Pass Youth Hostel
Walkers hostel at summit of Honister Pass - next to working slate mine - packed lunches available as well as breakfast and dinner.

Keswick Youth Hostel Keswick Youth Hostel
Town Centre location. Ideal for exploring the northern Lakes. Lots to do in the town for families including theatre, festivals, indoor climbing wall.

Langdale Hostel Langdale Youth Hostel
A pretty Victorian mansion ideal for exploring areas around the Langdales, Grasmere, Elterwater and Ambleside.

Patterdale YHA Patterdale
Set amongst stunning scenery and benefitting from a recent makeover. Better suited if kids are over 5. Often impromptu music in the common room. Ideal for exploring Helvellyn.

Bassenthwaithe accommodation Skiddaw Bunk House Youth Hostel
Wonderfully remote self catering hostel with solar powered lighting.
Only accessible by walking or cycling.
No phone - mobile signal - credit cards - no electricity - enjoy the tranquility!

Wasdale Hall Wasdale Hall Youth Hostel
Surely the jewel in the crown. This half-timbered mansion lies on the shore of Wast Water
Stunning grounds and views. Delicious home cooked meals

Windermere YHA Windermere - Troutbeck Youth Hostel
2 miles out of the town, with beautiful views and large wooded grounds and Woodland Trails. Indoor and outdoor activities for children. picnic lunches and all meals can be taken here, all food using local ingredients where possible. Shuttle bus available to and from Windermere.

Windermere Youth Hostels - also see Ambleside

Stay in a Cumbria Barn

YHA Barn - Ennerdale

If you are travelling as a group why not book the YHA Barn, adjacent to the Ennerdale Youth Hostel.
The Ennerdale Barn is a traditional 16th century Cumbria Barn, suitable for up to 14 people. Although five miles from the nearest shop or pub the barn is situated close to the Ennerdale YHA. Find out more about the YHA Barn at Ennerdale here.

Lakeland Barns

Rustic Charm - Lake District Camping Barns


If you like the idea of staying in basic accommodation, in rural scenic locations then Lakeland's Stone Tents may be perfect for you. Read more about this innovative idea here.

Alternative self-catering ideas in Cumbria

Tipis Camping

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Independent Hostels

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Lake District Yurts

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Camping Pods

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Shepherd Huts

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Bell Tent Camping

Bell Tent Camping Lake District

Self Catering Cottages

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Wigwam Camping

wigwarm - wooden tent

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